The iPhone 5S may incorporate dual-LED flash independently of camera lens

By , Aug 7, 2013

iPhone 5S (Camera module, NowhereElse 003)

The not-entirely-accurate Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes back in June 2011 incorrectly reported that the then rumored iPhone 5 would incorporate dual-LED flash. That hasn’t panned out, but the rumor lives on. Numerous reports and a purported backplate seemingly point to Apple adopting dual-LED flash on the iPhone 5S.

But unlike the standard implementations, Apple engineers may have chosen to incorporate the LED flash module completely independent from the camera lens, potentially reducing interference with the camera module…

The French blog NowhereElse.fr passes along images posted by a Chinese retailer Luna Commerce that show some differences between the standard iPhone 5S camera module and the rumored iPhone 5S camera with dual-LED flash.

iPhone 5S (Camera module, NowhereElse 002)

Shown above is the alleged iPhone 5S camera module.

You can clearly see a standalone camera attached to a ribbon, as opposed to the current iPhone 5 which has a ribbon attached to the part.

As noted by iPhone in Canada, the image appears to confirm the dual-LED flash rumor “as the connectors could differ”. It also all but confirms that the iPhone 5S ‘s camera module could be indeed totally independent of the flash.

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Check out the larger, pill-shaped window for the LED flash next to the iSight camera. Purported iPhone 5S rear plate image via MacRumors.

Take this with a grain of salt as Luna Commerce could be in it purely for free press.

The next iPhone is said to improve upon the iPhone 5′s eight-megapixel camera with sapphire lens by introducing a twelve or thirteen-megapixel module, perhaps featuring Sony’s sensor.

There’s more to photography than the pixels. With that in mind, the increased resolution of the next iPhone’s camera will undoubtedly provide a nice boon to iPhone photography buffs out there.

Case in point: this image Brian Klug, Senior Smartphone Editor for AnandTech, took with his Moto X.

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Click for full-res.

Awesome, no?

Moto X’s ten-megapixel ClearPixel camera has excellent low-ligh performance, so much so that some say it outperforms Nokia’s Lumia 1020 PureView 41MP snapper.

Dual-LED flash – a photography feature found on some high-end Android smartphones – provides brighter and more expansive lighting, which allows for better low-light images.

A stronger burst of light should also make a difference when you access flashlight from the iOS 7 Control Center or enable LED flash alerts in iOS.

Who’s excited about dual-LED flash on the iPhone 5S?

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  • ARUIZMART

    FIRST LOL

    • Guest

      waiting for some one to be first : 0

    • Tristan

      Damn! I wanted to be first.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      LOL! I was scrolling to read all those super relevant comments and BAM- your ‘FIRST’ followed by ‘LOL’.
      Fun times!

  • Gorgonphone

    oh great lets just hope it works and can take pic wit no odd purple ghost in the corner…lolo

    • Gorgonphone

      lol so you fools want a purple glare…??? silly humans

  • Guest

    iOS 7 beta 5 is released guys. I only notice one change and that is icons on settings app

    • Gorgonphone

      damn i knew ive would refuse to fix that ugly UI… sad.. i will not update till the damn JB is out so i can install the IOS6 theme on IOS7…lol

    • Arnaud Nelissen

      Released since yesterday, tons of articles even on iDownloadblog …

    • Luke Mulholland

      Only a day late.

  • Adam Bowman

    As someone who takes a whole lot of photos with the iPhone, I hardly ever use the flash; I don’t like how the pics come out with the LED flash.

    In fact, I use the LED more as a flashlight than as a camera flash.

    • Yunsar

      Yeah the pics don’t come good with the current flash. But with dual flash the light should spread out more and result in better pictures

      • Adam Bowman

        I hope so, but I doubt it. LED flashes just tend to take gross pics.

    • mehrab

      I use camera+ and keep the flash automaticly on which males the flash pictures so much better then the ones of stock

      • Adam Bowman

        How? What does it do differently than the stock camera to achieve better results? I have that app, and I’m going to give it a try by taking some test shots with both. I’ll see how they compare.

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        u mad bro ?

      • Adam Bowman

        Nope. Not at all. Thanks for your concern, though.

    • MarcPhilippeB

      I don’t even use a flash with my Nikon D800. It’s just way to hard.

      • Adam Bowman

        By too “hard” do you mean that the flash is too harsh?

      • MarcPhilippeB

        Yes, exactly.

  • JulianZHuang

    i dont even use flash on my d90… flash kill the photo.

    ps: a lot of phone can take that kind of picture.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Biggest S update yet, hopefully this years iphone wont disappoint. Because 4S>5 is meh.

    • Gorgonphone

      the 4S and 5 are both great iPhones but neither is revolutionary or a big jump at all

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    They better fix the purple lens glare in that phone.

  • SimonReidy

    An extra LED flash will be a useful addition, and hopefully fills scenes a bit more, but don’t expect it to radically improve nighttime shots. LED globes are just too slow-firing and dont cast a bright enough light. The only serious type of flash that will produce good flash photography is one from a Xenon globe that actually quickly flashes, rather than just rapidly turning on an off a light such as the case with an LED (pretty much all point and shoot cameras have a Xenon flash as reference).

    Xenon globes are quite expensive and a little bulkier, but they’ve shown up in a few Nokia devices like the 1020 and they really do work better. It wasn’t till I tried one for myself right after my iPhone 5, that I got what all the fuss was about (not just the Xenon lens, but the 41 megapixel sensor and giant lens on that phone are very impressive).

    Mind you the 1020 is running WindowsPhone8 which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy (particularly to anyone spoilt by iOS) so the 41mp camera with lossless zoom and Xenon flash, is the only awesome thing about it. The app selection is still laughably bad, so there’s not many places to actually post the great photos it takes.

  • Ali Omar

    LOL! I was scrolling to read all those super relevant comments and BAM- your ‘FIRST’ followed by ‘LOL’.
    Fun times!