So, the Apple iPhone 4 was announced yesterday (June 7th). With it came a new 5 megapixel camera which Steve Jobs seemed quite proud of. Apple claims that, despite the increased number of megapixels, the pixels themselves are still the same size as in the 3GS' camera. Apple also claims that the iPhone 4 is the first phone with a backside illuminated camera. What does this all mean in terms of actual pictures? Let's see.
Apple has now posted a set of images from the iPhone 4 on its website, which you can see view here. Nokia also posted pictures from the N8 on its Conversations website, which you can see here.
Obviously both companies will have selected pictures that give the viewer a positive impression of the device, so I'd say it's pretty fair to compare them.
I bet you use your phone's camera mostly for taking pictures of other humans, right? Well, I do. Both Apple and Nokia have uploaded sample portraits from their flagship cameras, so let's compare them:
This comparison is a bit questionable I suppose. The N8 seems to be focussing on a subject (the label on the jeans) further away than the iPhone's, but this might just be down to the N8's 28mm wide-angle lens. Here are the pictures:
In my opinion, the N8 definitely comes out on top, with visibly more pleasing results. But that's to be expected since the N8 has the largest camera sensor in any phone. Despite that, the iPhone 4 still does very well; I feel that its camera will perform to a satisfactory level in use.