Thanks for the info, Mel, but now you've made me go and look it up (admired their design but never owned a Leica, more's the shame).
... In fact, Leitz is no more, it is now Leica (not that I knew this before posting); but with the naming of lenses it's more complicated than that:
> The Leica went through several iterations, and in 1923 Barnack convinced his boss, Ernst Leitz II, to make a prototype series of 31. The camera was an immediate success when introduced at the 1925 Leipzig, Germany Spring Fair as the Leica I (for Leitz camera). The Elmar 50 mm f/3.5 lens (a 4-elements design influenced by the Zeiss Tessar) was designed by Dr. Max Berek at Leitz etc. etc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leica_Camera
Back to iPhone. I just came across this on Macdailynews..
> Comment from: Spartacus
> The MPxls amount does not, necessarily, lead to image quality. This weekend I've made some tests, comparing a Nokia N80 (with a 3.2 Mpx camera) and my iPhone. It's amazing how the iPhone always produce better images all the time in all light circumstances. Images from the iphone are sharp and colorful (and I'm using 3.0). Nokia images, by the contrary, are dull, blured and with very poor resolution. I've made some cleanup of the external lenses prior to this test. I don't know what makes such a huge difference but certainly is linked to the optical quality of the transparent materials and the anti-reflection surface and to the processing software for sure.
My impression of common-or-garden variety Nokia camera phones (2 mp on mine and 3.2 on a colleague's) is that they are utterly useless. Nokia has gone to pot.
In contrast, I've seen a lot of quite presentable iPhone-captured images on the web (check out Flickr which gives the exif data, e.g. this stunner of the grand canyon http://www.flickr.com/photos/imago20...57616816402786