Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
They ought to update the sensor every year and the megapixelage every other (or not at all, you know).
I really want to see them miniaturize Lytro’s work. That’s the next revolution in photography. Not interchangeable lenses that go against everything Steve worked for.
Yeah, I don't think the accessories matter much. If people want to be carrying lenses around, a mobile phone isn't really the best thing to be attaching them to anyway.
It's best to improve the capability of the iPhone itself so that everyone benefits. Low light performance is very important so whatever they can do to improve that would be good:
They recently showed the clips shot on the iPhone and you can see all the steadycam rigs such as:
If they can do some of that internally like optical image stabilisers that are coming in the next LG G Pro phone and used a lot in normal cameras, everyone gets the benefit of it.
The idea of always shooting widescreen and upright would help too. They still have to allow for Facetime on the rear camera so during Facetime that's not essential but otherwise, they'd take a widescreen crop of a circular area of the sensor and can stabilise that digitally too.
Being able to refocus images and video would be good so that it allows the DSLR-like depth of field, being able to lock the exposure, HDR too beyond auto-HDR where it just merges multiple snaps - maybe another type of sensor that measures the relative radiance of elements in a photo. The camera sensor itself can do this but there may be a simpler kind that is only used for measuring intensity. Perhaps there's a way to then vary sensitivity across the camera sensor based on the first-pass radiance data. If the bottom of a picture is dark with a bright sun up top, increase the sensitivity of the lower part of the sensor while dulling the top so that the capture data gets as much visible as possible with a single photo and then use the radiance data to adjust it in post.
Higher megapixel count is great if it means high digital zoom but the picture is very unstable at high zoom levels because small hand movements translate into big picture movements so stabilising the frame is essential.
I'd quite like the camera to move to the middle of the phone too. I'm not sure if they can share the same sensor between the front and back camera so that it reduces costs and gives each one the same quality but the corner placement makes it easier for fingers and thumbs to get into shot. There's probably just more room for the sensor over there with the speaker being in the middle but maybe they can feed incoming light to the sensor via a mirror or optical cable. Having a free mirror lets them stabilise that physically.