Is this an iPhone 5 camera test photo?

Is this an iPhone 5 camera test photo?

Pocket Now has found what they think is an iPhone 5 camera test photo taken by an Apple engineer. What makes them so suspicious?

This (very attractive) photo claims to have been taken by an iPhone 4, but the rest of its EXIF data tells a different story: although the image has been cropped to 2235x2291 (5.12 megapixels), the original picture was a much larger 3264x2448 -- or just shy of eight megapixels. What's more, the lens was recorded as a 4.3mm f/2.4, which is closer to that of a point-and-shoot than the iPhone 4's actual 3.85mm f/2.8.

iPhone 5 has long been rumored to be getting an 8 megapixel camera, lets just hope Apple keeps prioritizing photons over size and we get a great sensor to go with it.

[Pocket Now]

Rene Ritchie

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There are 27 comments. Add yours.

Nick Powers says:

Who knew that the next iPhone would be taking "RAW" images?
/rimshot

Brad Morris says:

Just because an image contains EXIF data doesn't mean it's shooting RAW. Most modern digital cameras write EXIF data to the image.

johncblandii says:

That joke went well over you head. ;-)

Yngwie says:

lol how could you miss that joke ?! wow

Twan Montana says:

you sir, have no sense of humor.

Rodney Charles says:

I have a craving for sushi all of a sudden.

May says:

Yeah HTCs camera parts are pretty bad. Apple's since the iP4 was good. Nokia wins all out in camera quality across phones.

johncblandii says:

My N95 had a Carl Zeiss lense. Good stuff and some great pics!

johncblandii says:

This would be awesome!
+1 for sensor updates, not just size.

johncblandii says:

Oh man, I agree 100%. Nokia had the hardware right, IMO. Software became antiquated w/ the iPhone release. :-D

Troy D. Brown says:

No green spot in the center of the picture so not an iPhone LOL

OMMBoy says:

I'm seeing a green spot (and, no, it's not my eyes -- I just had them checked last week).

KaaVern says:

You may be seeing green because of the green leave on the plate mayhaps? Definitely no spot in the middle though. Trust me. I'm near-sighted.

Carioca says:

There is a green tint around the center, which makes me think that this is an iPhone 4 image. Could Apple be using the same processor/software and making iPhone5s with the same problem?

DeLeon Hughes says:

Wow, that photo is pretty nice. But for all that matters, this photo could be taken by any camera.

rstark18 says:

Don't like the fact that they are making the lens less wide angle if this is true.

OMMBoy says:

The image was cropped -- see text from article, above.

HungWell says:

Remember.... there are only two things that smell like sushi and one of them is sushi.

Jason Deno says:

Now I'm hoping the new phone ships with an included chop sticks app.

OMMBoy says:

Just wondering if Apple will ever address the blue-green hue that is present in the center of pictures taken with the iPhone 4's camera (and this new camera, too, apparently)?

DanQ says:

Mmmmm the other thing...lol