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]

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Rene Ritchie

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Is this an iPhone 5 camera test photo?


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

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

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.

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?

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)?