Rumor: New picture taken with 8MP camera of Apple's iPhone 5

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in iPhone edited January 2014
A picture has surfaced online that is alleged to have been taken by an Apple engineer with an 8-megapixel camera from the still-unannounced fifth-generation iPhone.



The data associated with the so-called "test photo" discovered by PocketNow states that it was shot with an iPhone 4, but also reveals that the picture, cropped to a size of 5 megapixels, was originally a much-higher resolution just shy of 8 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," the report said.



However, the data could also be bogus, as the site noted it was recently duped by an image taken with an iPhone, then uploaded to an iPad using software that altered the EXIF data associated with the image.



"We suppose that a similar scenario is also possible here," author Evan Blass wrote, "but there's one compelling piece of evidence which suggests that this is indeed a genuine iPhone 5 photo: it was supposedly shot by an Apple engineer eating his lunch at work."



The purported iPhone 5 photo is bolstered by numerous rumors that Apple's next-generation handset will sport an 8-megapixel camera. This week, a new report claimed that Apple had tapped both Largan Precision and genius Electronic Optical to supply those lenses for the next iPhone.



Photo allegedly taken by an Apple engineer with an iPhone 5. Click to see full-size.



In fact, the supposed 8-megapixel shooter has been perhaps the only relatively consistent element in rumors leading up to the unveiling of the so-called "iPhone 5." Reports claiming Apple will adopt an 8-megapixel camera began surfacing earlier this year.



Apple is widely expected to publicly unveil its next iPhone in the coming weeks at a press event. Numerous reports have pointed toward an October launch of the fifth-generation iPhone.
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  • Reply 1 of 66
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Okay camera experts, what does this mean for taking photos? 25% larger lens?
  • Reply 2 of 66
    The image doesn't look that great. Maybe it doesn't have a fast enough shutter speed or something.
  • Reply 3 of 66
    Great food photo. Lighting is adequate and the colours, contrast, and white balance are excellent. (Considering most food photos look like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/ernestngai/6123390743/ because of dim restaurant lights.)
  • Reply 4 of 66
    markbmarkb Posts: 153member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jovike View Post


    Great food photo. Lighting is adequate and the colours, contrast, and white balance are excellent.



    f2.4? That makes sense for a close shot like this, but do these mini cameras have variable aperture?
  • Reply 5 of 66
    The Sushi looks dried out
  • Reply 6 of 66
    f/28? uhhhhh
  • Reply 7 of 66
    sheffsheff Posts: 1,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    "We suppose that a similar scenario is also possible here," author Evan Blass wrote, "but there's one compelling piece of evidence which suggests that this is indeed a genuine iPhone 5 photo: it was supposedly shot by an Apple engineer eating his lunch at work."



    O yea, if it was at work where is the apple logo on the plate? I don't know... this could be taken by anyone with any phone anywhere.



    Oh and should it be f24 instead of f2.4 or f2.8 instead of f28?
  • Reply 8 of 66
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,290member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    author Evan Blass wrote, "but there's one compelling piece of evidence which suggests that this is indeed a genuine iPhone 5 photo: it was supposedly shot by an Apple engineer eating his lunch at work."



    So wait, just because this is a picture of food and the rumor alleges it was taken by an Apple engineer at lunch, it's supposed to be evidence of the photo's authenticity? How is this "compelling" evidence?
  • Reply 9 of 66
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Okay camera experts, what does this mean for taking photos? 25% larger lens?



    No.



    The best thing is going from f/2.8 to f/2.4. That's a faster lens meaning improved low light performance. That's about a half-stop, about 50% more light reaching the sensor. Now if the sensors have equal performance, that 50% remains. However, if the sensor in the upcoming handset has improved low-light performance, that would result in additional performance.



    The biggest beneficiary of improved low-light performance would actually be video recording since the effective shutter speed is 1/60th of a second.



    It's hard to say what the implications of the focal length change are since we don't know if the sensor size changed. If the sensor size stays the same and the focal length increases, there would be more of a telephoto effect (or more accurately, less of a wide-angle effect). If the sensor size increases as well as the focal length, the image perspective would remain largely the same. The benefit of a large sensor is more light sensitivity with the possible consequence of more power consumption. The latter is probably negligible since the camera module usually isn't active.
  • Reply 10 of 66
    Definitely not good with details. Look at the rice grains. Shaky to the least - either the engineer was starving (can't fault anybody else judging by the diet) or the camera is not that good with processing details in that situation. Also, the flash must have been turned off or it was fired prior to the picture was taken and it is wide apart as rumoured.



    Oh, I wouldn't eat that....
  • Reply 11 of 66
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    Originally Posted by pcmonahan View Post


    The Sushi looks dried out



    Looks okay to me. The salmon looks like it might be farmed salmon though.
  • Reply 12 of 66
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Splash-reverse View Post


    Definitely not good with details. Look at the rice grains. Shaky to the least -..



    1/30 fps. No wonder it looks shaky.
  • Reply 13 of 66
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sheff View Post


    O yea, if it was at work where is the apple logo on the plate? I don't know... this could be taken by anyone with any phone anywhere.



    Oh and should it be f24 instead of f2.4 or f2.8 instead of f28?





    Not exactly any phone anywhere. The embed shows 8 megapixels before cropping, and GPS for One Infinity Drive.
  • Reply 14 of 66
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cvaldes1831 View Post


    It's hard to say what the implications of the focal length change are since we don't know if the sensor size changed.



    Wise words. At least we got half a stop. White balance looks awesome too.
  • Reply 15 of 66
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,290member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lochias View Post


    Not exactly any phone anywhere. The embed shows 8 megapixels before cropping, and GPS for One Infinity Drive.



    Don't you mean One Infinite Loop?
  • Reply 16 of 66
    newbeenewbee Posts: 2,055member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post


    The image doesn't look that great. Maybe it doesn't have a fast enough shutter speed or something.



    Sounds to me as 'tho you're not looking for a phone that takes photos ...... but rather a camera that makes phone calls. Let me know how that's "workin' for ya." ....
  • Reply 17 of 66
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    Okay camera experts, what does this mean for taking photos? 25% larger lens?



    If sensor size stays the same (which I doubt) it means the len is less wide. (it also means my wife would be pissed.)
  • Reply 18 of 66
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sheff View Post


    O yea, if it was at work where is the apple logo on the plate?



    There aren't Apple logos on the plates at the 1 Infinite Loop cafeteria.



    Everyone's going insane. They're acting as though it's impossible to manually insert EXIF data into an image. This could have been taken in a back alley in Toledo, for crying out loud.
  • Reply 19 of 66
    newbeenewbee Posts: 2,055member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Rob55 View Post


    So wait, just because this is a picture of food and the rumor alleges it was taken by an Apple engineer at lunch, it's supposed to be evidence of the photo's authenticity? How is this "compelling" evidence?



    Because it is "evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way" ..... which is one of the meanings of compelling ... simple, no?
  • Reply 20 of 66
    newbeenewbee Posts: 2,055member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by matrix07 View Post


    If sensor size stays the same (which I doubt) it means the len is less wide. (my wife would be pissed.)



    "Honey, is my whole ass in the picture, now" ? .....
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