The new 8MP camera in the iPhone 4S is one of the handset’s standout features. Other than Siri, the improved camera is likely the biggest motivator for folks to upgrade to Apple’s latest smartphone.

But iPhones haven’t always sported class-leading camera hardware — it’s come a long way in 4 years. Gizmodo demonstrates this with a side-by-side comparison of photos taken with each of the 5 iPhone models…

As you can see, camera quality wasn’t really a priority for Apple with its first two smartphones. It was more of a me-too feature that helped keep its handset on par with the competition. After the iPhone 3G, however, the camera has improved with every model.

The camera in the iPhone 4S is one of the best we’ve seen in a smartphone, hands-down. It eliminates the need to carry around a second point-and-shoot camera, something you couldn’t have necessarily said about previous iPhone models. Ah, progress.

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  • daMan

    Yep, I’m upgrading from my iPhone 3G.

  • Geno

    Off the subject but I could use some help. I have an iphone4 on 4.3.3 jailbroken that I what to update to iOS5. I updated itunes to 10.5 and downloaded iOS5. When I try to update my phone I get an error that I’m not eligible for this build. Anybody know what I can do? Thx

    • Tony

      I think you should restore it before updating
      Hope it helps ;D

    • Or have you downgrade before? I’m not too sure but maybe you’re using Saurik’s signature servers still.

      • Aguirre

        Hahahahahaha saurik son

    • yufghhgjf

      go to c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc and open hosts. press ctrl+f and type If it finds something, delete the whole line it is on. After that, try restoring without shift+restore if that is what you are doing.

    • Nick

      I did the exact same thing, I was getting a few errors when I wanted to update or restore within iTunes. If it does the same just put your phone in restore mode (not dfu mode) basically turning off phone not being plugged into computer, then holding in home button while you plug it in until it says it is in restore mode. Then you should be able to restore your phone from scratch using the apple iOS 5 ipsw file. Make sure you back up your phone first.

    • put the iPhone 4 in DFU mode, then iTunes will restore it fine. I had the same issue.

    • Geno

      It was a problem with my Mac book pro. When I used my PC it worked the first time. I have had issues with Lion from the start not working well with apple servers. Not sure why. Thanks everybody for the help

  • perha

    I dont belive that camera on original was that bad!
    Its was decent compered to others….in that time only cabershot with sony and maybe some samsung camera were good… others have so bad camera like motorola,LG,and even most of nokia model up to 2008-2009.

    • guest

      no, nokia n95 came out before the iphone and had a 5mp camera, which is better than my 3gs (no, not just megapixels…)

  • perha

    this up was Cyber not cuber 🙂

  • yufghhgjf

    amazing how all the photos are from the same place. they don’t even look alike.

  • I am so lucky that my 3G takes picture that is not that blurred on micro shot. Maybe i bought a prototype 3gs. Lol
    I feel like troll now. I love idb so much. Everyday i’m here

    • Hassabo

      Mee too :p

  • Josh

    Yes, 3G camera sucked, but this is fake. It wasn’t THAT bad, what are we, Apple? Trying to convince customers their old devices suck? Well, at least I got a 3GS.

    • fl0wingfire

      I don’t think it’s fake, but if you look closely, you can see that the camera is zoomed out more for 4 and 4S…

    • Alex

      It’s not fake. It’s the focusing.

  • Wow Day by day apple Doing Good work, thank for sharing


    I still have pictures that I’ve took with my fist iPhone and it still look clear even on my 55″HDTV with HDMI

  • You guys the first 2 look like that because the focal range of the original iphone wasn’t nearly as wide as the newer models because of the optics.

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    that because the focus is to close and the phone could render the picture as a macro style picture I think

  • John

    I kinda like the original best.

    • Johnyy

      You’re retarded

      • Chris

        Lol The original is horrible the 4S Camera is the best.

  • SoCoMagNuM

    i actually like the iphone 4 photo better than the 4S photo. i like the tent.