5s isight camera

Apple likely disappointed spec-watchers everywhere when it announced today that it kept the camera on the iPhone 5s at 8-megapixels. This means that, on paper at least, the handset is inferior to those with 12, 13 and 41mp sensors.

But as you’ll see in these sample photos, taken with an actual iPhone 5s, that’s just not the case. With its five-element Apple-designed lens, F2.2 aperture and 15% larger active sensor area, the 5s will hold its own among the best of them…

Apple has posted the following photos on its website with the caption: Actual photos taken with the iPhone 5s. All of them look extremely sharp, and clear, to the point that it’s kind of hard to believe that they were shot with a smartphone.

Click on an image to see it in full size:







In addition to the aforementioned new features, the 5s camera houses several other improvements. It has a “True Tone” dual-LED flash that makes for better white balance and low-light photos. It has improved auto-focus with 15-zone matrix metering, and a new burst mode for capturing action shots.

On the video side, there’s a new a new “Slo-Mo” mode, which is designed to capture 720p video at up to 120 frames per second with 3x live video zoom.

So, what do you think of the 5s camera thus far?

  • No

    Looks at photos taken by 5S…Goes and gives Canon 6D a hug…

    • stevejobs

      😀 BEAST

  • Maxim∑

    Wow. Not sure how this compares to the lumia brick phone. But this is probably the best photos I have ever seen from a smartphone

    • Myles Crouther

      sure it’s good for a phone, but if you truly care about photo quality you’d get a DSLR

  • Rahul Rana 

    Looks great!

  • Boss

    Would love to see some iP5 vs iP5S photos when they’re out

  • Guest

    Check out these gorgeous photos taken with the new iPhone 5S..

    ..that were shot by a professional photographer with a DSLR.

    • CraftWorks

      And post processed in Photoshop Lightroom.

    • download the images and check the data. that’ll prove with which device it was clicked. none of these are clicked with DSLR. But yes they did some physical adjustments to get perfect lighting before they clicked. Like using reflectors, maybe even a filter lens on top of the iphone lens.

      • Guest

        the images have been resized, renamed & resaved.
        the EXIF data doesn’t say whether they came from an iPhone 5S or DSLR camera. so there’s no proving what they were shot with..

      • Are you joking right? I resize all the time, rename and re-save over and over all my images and the EXIF data preserves my camera data (lens used, aperture, and many other details), unless I want to remove it.

        The only thing that changes is where it was edited: photoshop.. lightroom… aperture…

      • Guest

        I checked the EXIF data for all images & nothing..
        So, still no saying what device took these photos.

      • Probably because you have checked on the settings to not preserve all the EXIF data.

      • stevejobs

        They took it with a DSLR 😉 stop being an apple sheep.

      • Guest

        at least try harder to be a less obvious troll.
        would be much more fun that way.

      • stevejobs

        True. 🙁

      • Arq.Javier Cancino

        there is a lot of noise on this photos, not a chance they were taken with a dslr, do you have a dslr camera? don’t think so,. these photos are great for a smartphone,. that’s it,

      • Butch Danes

        You do realise that if you take any image, copy it and open a new blank screen and paste that image then resave it, all EXIF data is lost. Also, I can take any picture taken with the iPhone 5s, copy any picture taken with my iPhone 4s and paste it onto the 5s picture with the same size then save it and it will show up as it was taken with the iPhone 5s, so yeah. It’s very easy to fake EXIF data.

      • You have no idea, at all, how EXIF works.

        The only (easy) way is to take a picture with an iPhone 4 (for example) on a picture taken with the iPhone 5S (Yes, Photoception…). But with that, people will spot the fakery very easily because doing that you will lose quality for sure. It’s like taking pictures on a TV screen or computer screen.

        The other way (the hard way) is hacking into a camera and change all the details. Or getting (if exists) a complete EXIF editor.

        But what is the point of Apple doing that? They never faked anything like this before, why would they do now? They know that people will test this devices, A LOT, so why burning their reputation that was so hard to achieve…?

      • Moddage

        EXIF data is still intact. Just checked it on my Mac. Taken with Apple iPhone 5S. All EXIF is intact, aperture value, focal length, flash fired or didn’t, phone orientation. it’s all there.

      • Glorin

        Wait few day and check it in person… keep on hating the quality..

      • felixtaf

        This is for you… Camera info from Photoshop CS6

      • CASEACE79

        That should shut up the doubters. LOL

      • Guest

        Not yet…. Image could be faked. I will use backtrack Linux and recover original image data. BEAST 😉 HF UT0P14.

      • Captain Obvious

        “I will use backtrack Linux and recover original image data”…. bahaha!


      • stevejobs

        Not bad.

      • Imran

        Hie buddy, wana ask u whn it’s going to launch in India? And is good to buy, pls reply 🙂

    • Osama Muhammed

      take a look at the photo full resolution from apple website, zoom in and u will see blurred pixels that a dslr can never result

  • fred

    Ok , Photos under water?

  • chumawumba

    You know it’s true

    • Just because Nokia faked Pureview ads wih pro stuff, that doesn’t mean that all brands does the same.

      But hey, I think they appreciate your complement.

    • Julio Cesar

      It’s not DSLR, I’m photographer, I know when I see something that uses iPhone sensors, they have similarities.
      If you look closely, you can see it. The way that the blurry parts are.

      I had an Canon 60D, now I have an Canon 7D, I can tell you, DSLR don’t works like this.

      • As a Canon 5D mark II and 7D owner, I totally agree with you.

      • Julio Cesar

        The camera of the iPhone 5S is better than I expect for an smartphone, but there’s no way to make it excelent as DSLR cameras, at least not yet.

        Maybe with graphene sensors they could get closer… But that’s the future, folks!

      • Yeah, totally. They are very impressive indeed, but a side by side comparison would silence all the haters because what they are saying it’s not truth at all. I bet they never used a DSLR camera before. Or if they did, it’s was a entry level one.

      • stevejobs

        Give me your camera or else. 🙂

    • Julio Cesar

      Here you can see some shoot that I took with an iPhone 4, have a little of photoshop, but as I can see, there’s no photoshop on the pictures of the iPhone 5S.


    • felixtaf

      yeah… haters gonna hate… Zoom the pictures and see, you will see more grain than an ordinary DSLR….

  • Tom Brady

    Holy moly that’s good

  • F P

    BS pics lol

  • Chris Pollone

    More megapixels = better picture quality is the biggest myth in photography. It’s all about sensor size, baby.

    • And Lens…

    • Vitaliy Anonymous

      Thank you! To clarify to the readers, this is the reason why a better sensor size is much better than more megapixels:

      -What megapixels do is allow the resulting photo to be in a higher resolution. For example, a 1MP photo is 1280×960 (720p). An 8MP photo is 3264×2448. Adding more megapixels will just make the resolution bigger, resulting in a bigger photo.

      Now when it comes to the sensor. If the sensor size is too small, it doesn’t capture more light. When there is less light, the sensor will write each pixel captured with a specific color. If pixel on the location 1,1 was captured at a blue color, it will write it as blue. However, multiple pixels later, at the specific point, the sensor didn’t get enough light, it will take whatever light it did capture, which is really low light to no light, which always usually results in a grayish color. It will write that pixel as a grayish color. When the sensor is small, there are multiple spots that the sensor didn’t receive light, so each of these spots gets a dark spot, resulting with writing that specific grayish color. All that results in a grainy image.
      Now, when the sensor is bigger, it can capture more light. That specific place where the light was not captured, now receives light, and it can now write that pixel color correctly.
      Which brings me to my point. You can have a 1MP photo with a large sensor, but results in better quality photos than an 8MP with a small sensor, which will result in crappy, grainy photos.

      Correct me if I am wrong.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Hahaha i LOLed.. Every highend smartphone can get that picture quality. Try low light, night pictures.

  • Paul Rhodes

    There is no way a company as well respected as Apple would risk blowing their reputation out of the water by lying about a photo which was taken on anything other than what they say it was. Can you imagine the backlash if they were proven to be lying. They would never do it!

  • n0ahcruz3

    Even my 4S can take that picture quality. Given that it was taken during the day and have adequate lighting.

    • Julio Cesar

      Yes, but the wider lens aperture and sensor makes the picture less noise and more brighter, the 5S is a lot better in low light situations because of this.

      Can’t wait to see more shots.

      • n0ahcruz3

        If the 5S improved low light pictures thats because of the Dual led flash. They should’ve put xenon flash. I still dont buy their BS about their camera technology bec like i said they dont have experience with camera technology.

      • Julio Cesar

        Sorry, but you really know nothing about photography…
        Do you want to blind people or get sharper and brighter shots? Not all low light shots uses flash.

        I have an DSLR lens with aperture of 1.4, the pictures are more brighter and cleaner than what I can see with my own eyes. The iPhone 5S has 2.2 aperture, so it gets more light than the previous iPhone without need of flash.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yup my knowledge about photography is limited. But ive been an iphone user since the 1st iphone so i know ios technology. And they only reuse excess parts this time 8mp camera sensor. And i believe apple doesnt experience with camera technolgy do they? Correct me if im wrong.

      • Julio Cesar

        How can you say something about an device that you never put your hands based on some shots?

        And yes, they made three cameras in the 90’s.
        “Apple QuickTake”

      • n0ahcruz3

        Have you had your hands on the 5S already? Oh they did? I wonder why they didnt continue with that market.

      • Julio Cesar

        Nop, but I know about photography.
        You need to study a few years to realize such nonsense of what you’re saying.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I know about iphone technology and iphone photography and how bad their low light pictures are. 🙂 pls refrain from degrading someone base on their comments.

      • Julio Cesar

        What about stop talking about something that you don’t know?

        iPhones USED to have bad low light performance, that’s the all point of the camera upgrade, better sensor and lens to get better low light pictures!
        Wait to see before you degrading an device based on the old one performance!

      • n0ahcruz3

        Well atleast im not degrading a person. 🙂 by the way its just a phone you are taking this too seriously. Chill

      • Julio Cesar

        I just don’t like ignorance.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Fair enough but i clearly stated that i have limited knowledge about photogrpahy but i know quite about ios especially the iphone. Anyway dont mine me as a long time iphone user im just frustated that after 2 yrs apple is still stuck on 8mp. And didnt improve battery. Guess i’ll wait for iphone 6 again.

      • The iPhone is one of the best smartphones that last longer. I think if Apple find a way of improving battery life without increasing the battery and phone size they will do without any doubt because that’s a killer feature.

        But don’t forget that how the hardware (CPU-GPU) and software handles with the energy it’s also important and iOS (talking about software) it’s a true energy safer, Just like his big brother, OSX.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Oh dont worry i love the iOS but they couldve atleast put 10 mp right? When was the last time they upgraded the pixel that was 2011.

      • Julio Cesar

        Yes, they could, but this would be quite futile…
        My Canon 7D has 18 megapixels, and most of the time I set up to use 5 or 8, that saves my SD Card and I lose nothing of quality, only the size, that’s not needed most of the time.

        If you want to take great pictures, get an smartphone, but if you want excelent pictures, is better to invest in a DSLR camera.

      • Peutz Jeghers

        All this talk about photography knowledge and you don’t even shoot RAW in “most of the time” with your DSLR… cmon!

      • Julio Cesar

        When I take quick pictures of something not important, yes, I don’t shot RAW in this case.
        But when I’m working or will edit after, I totally shot in RAW.

        I said this because people use smartphones to take quick pictures, not really important ones.

      • You can see that fight between Canon and Nikon, and guess what? Canon wins with less pixels.

        first, pixels are important only for big prints.

        and second, when you increase the pixels size, that can decrease how the sensor and processor will handle with them, so if Apple didn’t increase the pixels its because they knew something could went wrong.

        For advertisement and to “sell more”, adding more pixels would benefict them, so I think they wouldnt have any problem to put more pixels for that reason.. only. Like others do.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yup but this is a smartphone. And its a highly competitive market. Canon and nikon is untouchable regarding that sector. And 2 yrs is too long for a MP upgrade. And people’s perception will think that apple is lagging way behind when others are putting out 13/20/41 mp.

      • Apple sells results, not specs.

        Its time to people get smarter instead of following the old “bigger pixels = better quality”.

      • Kurt

        You are arguing with two arrogant losers. Int3nsive lies a lot on this site.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Hahaha Just having fun. But they cant be serious that they’re just satisfied with an 8mp. I mean cmon 2yrs without any additional pixels? I guess apple has a surplus of 8mp left for unsold iphone 5. No wonder they got rid of that thing. And worst replaced it with a overpriced plastic pos.

      • Julio Cesar

        Here a list of Canon cameras:
        -Canon 1D X (18mp) <—– Best Canon
        -Canon 5D (12.8mp) <— Still one of the best
        -Canon 6D (20.2mp) <— an "enhanced 5D"
        -Canon 7D (18mp) <—– My new camera
        -Canon 30D (8.2mp) <- Focused in photography
        -Canon 60D (18mp) <—– My old camera

        Look for Canon 30D pictures and say that the quality of the picture are bad, go on.
        8.2mp and better than the 41 megapixels Lumia? Why the best Canon with the best quality image actually has lower mp than the 6D?

        If you can't see how mp doesn't really matter you're trully blind.

      • Kurt

        Metal feels nice, Thats all. It scratches so easily and looks terrible. iPhones chip, scratch, dent, and worst of all bend. I prefer plastic over metal. But not glossy plastic. Its slippery and a finger print magnet. Glass is best, especially when it’s easy to remove! My iPad is metal but has a crappy plastic case on it. It could be toilet paper instead of metal and I wouldn’t notice as I can only feel the case.

      • Julio Cesar

        Arrogant losers? Here is a person with no arguments.

        So go on, prove that I’m wrong if you can.
        On the internet you can call everyone like you want, but this don’t change what people actually has and know.

      • Forget about Kurt. He’s our very well known host troll.
        Bash Apple all the time but can’t leave the Apple blogs.

        And for him, all people with solid arguments that leaves him without arguments are trolls.

        Never understood this kind of people. “But but.. I have an iPhone…” “I prefer plastic over aluminium, but not the glossy one”

        Apple releases a matte plastic version, one day…

        “Hoo.. I hate the matte version… I prefer the poop version made by Samsung”…

        He not only wast other people time, as well his own time.

      • Rowan09

        What’s the point of putting out phone cameras with 10-13 mp when Sony is on 20mp and Nokia on 41mp? It’s not about the mp unless your blowing up pictures. I get that it’s a good PR stunt to say we have more pixels but look at what the HTC One did. Improving the camera is better than just adding pixels, take a look at a low light iPhone 4-4S picture, the pixels is increased from 5-8 and do you notice the difference?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yes i know, but do you know why apple stock went from high 700 to below 400. Because people think(especially investors) think apple is lacks innovation and they are running out of ideas. I wouldnt be surprise if this thing didnt sell well as apple xpecting. Just my 2 cents.

      • Rowan09

        That’s far from true lack innovation? If that’s the case who’s innovating in the mobile area right now? The last innovation in the mobile was the introduction of the first iPhone, if the fingerprint sensor works as advertised that innovative as well. Apples stock went down because of stock manipulation and stock will always go up and down, real traders make money both ways up and down. Investors are funny because if they say Apple is going to ship for example 10 million phones and they ship 9.9 the stock goes down even if last year at the same time they shipped 8 million. The stock market is a game so you can’t use that as a measure of innovation. I said 2 years ago 4 years for something innovative so I have 2 more years to see what happens then.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Since we are talking about sales numbers, can i ask do you know how many iphone 5 apple has sold? It it sold well why would they discontinue a product that sold well.

      • Rowan09

        Yes the iPhone 5 was their best selling iPhone and it sold 5 million I believe opening weekend. They discontinued the iPhone 5 because it would conflict with the 5C, I believe they should have kept the 5 and make the 5C more affordable but that’s my opinion. Their stock is taking a hit right now because they wanted to be greedy if you ask me but that’s business.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Yeah and i hope it goes down way more. This is what ive been sayin investors will find the new iphone not innovative enough. Ands specs are way behind compared to what others offer with same or cheaper price.

      • Rowan09

        Not innovative enough? Once again I ask who’s innovating in the mobile space. The phone is a great upgrade, it’s a new software, new camera upgrades, 64bit which is a first in a phone, and a first ever fingerprint scanner built in the home button. Give me another cheaper phone that compares all these phones in the US are all the same $199,$299, etc with contracts for the most part. Your missing the point share price doesn’t mean much because people make money on a downward market as well as when it goes up. Go and check and see how many people are selling their Apple stock because they’re done? The S4 came out with software updates which I consider a S model instead of a new phone and people weren’t impressed, they’re looking for something right now that’s not available yet. Innovation takes time it doesn’t happen every year, it takes years.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Oh look apple stock is down 5.70%. If apple wants to penetrate the emerging markets, they should rethink their pricing strategy. 549$ for a last years tech is not for emerging markets such as china.

      • Rowan09

        Are you serious? Most of the phones being sold are cheap $200 phones they are not big on features, the Xiomi phone is their own brand and they sell for a cheap price but when it comes to Samsung phones they are all subpar phones. As I stated before their stock is down because they in my opinion should have priced the 5C at $249-$400, the problem with such a phone though would mean customer wouldn’t get a full iPhone with IOS 7 at least I wouldn’t give them IOS 7. Don’t get it confused though its better to start high and lower your price than to start low and go even lower. Apple will be fine, one thing they know how to do is make money.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Well they can kiss their marketshare in emerging markets goodbye. And to think tim cook said they will focus on emerging markets such as china. I guess margin is more important to apple than make it more availbe for people in china.

      • Rowan09

        Not true they can use the same formula they used in India by giving discounts to students and payment plans which is working very well for them.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Well see how the market reacts. But i think the two iphones will disappoint and will have lackluster sales. Iphone 5 didnt really sell that much. During earnings call apple dont break down sales of iphones. They just say how many iphones sold but didnt specify the sales of 4,4S & 5. This is just my speculation ofcorse.

      • Rowan09

        Your way off. The iPhone 5 was their best selling iPhone. It’s opened with over 5 million in 3 days and that’s the US alone. When it comes to making money Apple is number 1 in the tech world. I’m not sure why these phones should flop the 5s is a very good S upgrade, it’s more significant than the 4-4S.

      • n0ahcruz3

        No actually samsung surpassed apple when it comes to profit and number 1 in consumer electronics. Look it up google it. And apple also drop to number 79 most innovative companies according to Forbes.

      • Rowan09

        Dude are you serious Samsung doesn’t even give sales figures they give shipped numbers and they do a lot of buy one get the other free deals so that would count as one shipped but it wasn’t bought. Who cares what Forbes thinks when it comes to tech? Forbes is good for financial advice not technology. Samsung makes most of its money from cheap phones not the premium lines so you need to do some more research my friend. These S4 commercials got you fouled. Samsung needs to worry about Google and HTC taking over first then Apple.

      • Julio Cesar

        I know only about the devices you have, keep it in mind.

        You need to turn you pictures into an big poster? Don’t? So you don’t need more than 2.1 megapixels. They’re not stuck, just updated what are really needed.

        No battery improvement? 10 hours of hardcore use, more than 250 hours in standby… 2 or more hours of intensive use…
        If you think that’s not enough, just buy an external battery, it’s cheap.

      • n0ahcruz3

        Hehe just my gripe about the iphone announcement today, Camera and battery life. Lol but cmon you wish apple should’ve atleast icrease the MP of the camera to 10 right?

      • Julio Cesar

        Not really, I can make great pictures even with an iPhone 4.

        It’s not the camera that makes the photographer, is who carries it.

      • I think my comparison (above) between the Nokia Lumia 800 (8Mp) and iPhone 4 (5Mp) says everything.

        Adding more pixels it’s good. when they make sense.

      • Rowan09

        They did improve the battery life while not that significant it give 2 more hours theoretically.

      • n0ahcruz3

        You’re comparing apples and oranges. Please enlighten me because i dont know which sensor is better carl zeiss sensor or apple newly improved 8mp cam.

      • Julio Cesar

        Carl Zeiss = OPTICS = LENS
        Seriously, you really want to continue saying bullshit?

      • n0ahcruz3

        Ops that was for intensive. Since u answered it i guess thank you? And please no foul language. 😉 by the way nokia 1040 lumia doesnt have carl zeiss optics does it?

      • Julio Cesar

        Too soon to know… They don’t gave the specs, right?

      • I own a Nokia Lumia 800 also, and it’s a 8Mp with carl zeiss and guess what? takes photos worst than the iPhone 4 that’s 5Mp. And in low light situations…can’t even describe how bad is.

        All photos get a dark “blueysh” tone. And its dual flash also. I would trade this phone for an iPhone 4 without even thinking twice.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I guess carl zeiss is a fraud. Lol and nothing is special with their lenses

      • Julio Cesar

        The Zeiss DSLR lenses are great, but I don’t think the same about the mobile lenses made by Zeiss…

      • Good quality Low light pictures it’s all about the sensor and not flash at all. I think you understand nothing about photography and the technology behind.

        Go check Canon website. The biggest improvement on the latest cameras for low light situations was the sensor and not the flash: For example: THE DIGIC 5+ Sensor.

        And aperture it’s also very important. But to avoid the grainy photos, it’s all about the sensor and processors.

      • Rowan09

        Ummm Sony makes their camera, do your research bro.

      • n0ahcruz3

        I know, same for samsungs gs3 the camera was made by sony.

  • JaeM1llz

    I didn’t realize the 5S was waterproof to 6,000 meters

    • anoadragon453

      I don’t think it is…

    • n0ahcruz3

      I see what you did there lol

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      Oh really? Let me test it out. Oops!

    • felixtaf

      You dint realize that an AQUARIUM can be built above sea level…


    That’s Apple always making things better, not just adding them..

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  • Kyle Beroney

    Dat unibrow lol but in all seriousness…these pictures look like im there actually looking at all of these things. impressed.

  • ɑղժɾҽա

    I’m impressed by the new camera! “Here, Apple. Take my money!”

  • Kyle Beroney

    Of topic….but i think iDB should put the iOS 7 beta on their firmware downloads page…just saying 😉

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Oh yea, the files do say iPhone 5S. Boy, I can’t wait to get my hands on this phone, I love these photos. I can’t wait to see what type of photos I can take. I’m excited.

  • @dongiuj

    I’ve taken just as nice ones with my iPhone 4 a couple of years back.

  • Singed

    Surprisingly great!
    The flower one seems really high-quality.