10 Responses to “Why the next iPhone absolutely needs a better camera”
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Danny Says, in 3-11-2009 at 22:50:23 from    
Odd that a phone with an “annoying” camera is the most popular choice by some margin for flickr users, as well as being your own preferred tool for “life photo journaling” (what ever the hell that is).
Presumably that preferred is over all those other camphones with “less annoying” cameras yes?

“if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

For most people (including yourself apparently) the camera is clearly secondary to the phones core appeal, increasing the photographic capability may likely result in compromises elswhere be it dimensions, weight, battery life or cost.

As such if a better camera is really that vital, the answer is obvious, buy a different phone.

Amanda Kruel Says, in 3-11-2009 at 23:04:43 from    
When camera phones started coming out, I vowed never to get one. When the iPhone came out, i really really wanted one but didn’t want to use the camera feature.
Why? Because I always carry a pretty decent digital camera with me - a decent one - and I was afraid if I got a camera phone, I would only use that for taking pictures, simply because it’s easier, and thus at the end of the day I’d be stuck with a bunch of just-ok cameraphone pictures.

I really don’t think the quality is in megapixels, either.

I think what makes my digital camera pictures great is the ability to adjust the zoom, white balance, focus, aperture, shutter speed, etc… and while some of these properties are distinct to the camera, others are simply software issues.

Still, no matter what they do to their software, I think Apple would have to include a new lens entirely to be able to come to par of real digital cameras.

This is a picture I took with my Canon Powershot A520, at the same resolution that iPhone camera uses, 1600 x 1200.

There is absolutely NO way that we can say it’s a megapixel issue at this point.

I guess my point is that unless the iPhone camera becomes unbelievably OUTSTANDING, I’d rather it stay kinda crappy… that way, it will force people to use better cameras most of the time, and therefore, hopefully, take better pictures.

Rick Danuser Says, in 3-11-2009 at 23:11:22 from    
The fact the camera can’t process a barcode image says it all!
Charles Says, in 3-12-2009 at 00:34:28 from    
If there are people that genuinely want a better camera in an iPhone, then Apple should split the iPhone line into two models - one with a large high-quality camera and one without.

I’d be buying the iPhone without a camera.

Without a camera it would be smaller and lighter (like the camera-less iPod Touch is), cheaper, and not going to get you into trouble in changing rooms and at sensitive locations. I know two people who currently can’t have an iPhone due to camera rules at their work (one works in hospitals, the other in law enforcement).

A real camera will always be better quality… no matter how good cameras in mobile phones get, a real camera will always be better simply because it is larger. And I don’t need MORE photos in my life - I’m innudated with photos already - so I’d rather have a handful of great photos from a great camera than thousands of good photos from a good camera phone.

John MacIntyre Says, in 3-12-2009 at 07:59:50 from    
Personally, the number of megapixels isn’t a problem for me.

Personally, I think the camera sucks because the slightest movement and the picture is blury! I’d say 3 in 4 pictures I try to take of my kids are blury. They won’t sit still long enough to avoid the blur …. some times I feel like I’m taking a picture with the cardboard box camera I made in grade 8!

Daniel Ho Says, in 3-12-2009 at 08:18:46 from    
YES PLEASE! One of my pet peeves is that the iPhone camera is so crappy. There is no reason for it these days when you look at the competitors.

Though I use it on stuff that I want to share on Twitter etc, I’m FORCED to carry a second camera for everything else. Irritating for everyday use.

I don’t need much higher pixel count, but rather better quality. Possible with the tiny speck of a lens?

Ollie Says, in 3-12-2009 at 14:21:20 from    
I reckon that Mr Gadget doesn’t represent the majority of people who use an iPhone, or any mobile phone. I don’t think taking photos is a major reason for buying a phone.

Life-photo-journaling and stuff like that is a niche thing. But Apple is trying to make the iPhone accessible to as many people as possible. It certainly has broad appeal to many different types of people. They’d be fools if they upgrade the camera at the expense of other features that are more useful to most people - like size and weight.

Henry Says, in 3-12-2009 at 15:13:04 from    
DEFINITELY, yes. It’s a sad, little camera, really. If Apple can make an iPod as small as the newest Shuffle, SURELY they can manage a camera than can take cleaner, sharper images into a next gen iPhone.
alex Says, in 3-12-2009 at 16:48:11 from    
More megapixels doesn’t mean better pictures. Without increasing the quality of the lens and/or the sensor, more megapixels will just mean more noise.
Snotty Says, in 3-12-2009 at 18:15:42 from    
The greater concern for any camera - be it mobile, point and shoot or SLR is quality. The balance is in both optics and capture. Resolution is far flung second (or third…fourth… etc) concern.

As has already been pointed out the iphone is a substantially more popular mobile camera device than its market share would seem to indicate. Again, as has been discussed this is probably just icing on the cake for Apple execs… it is outside of their core business.

While an upgraded camera for the next gen iPhone would by no means be unwelcome I hope it comes in the form of autofocus, sensitivity (without blowing out ISO levels) and quality over resolution.

Another question, and adimittedly from someone who doesn’t use twitter and is a (relatively) irregular user of facebook etc is the need for high resolution images for such sites - particularly with the relatively ridiculous price of mobile data in Aus.

Surely a mobile camera phone (5 megapixel Nokia or not) is only a secondary camera anyway. If you want to capture higher resolution images for prints (etc) a dedicated image capture device is the way to go. We all understand that, and I think Apple does too.

Just my 2c.

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