The phone above needs no introduction, most likely you have one sitting next to you while you read this or maybe your reading this from an iPhone right now. Many people use their iPhone as their primary camera because they love to take pictures but they are not interested in becoming a photographer. There’s nothing wrong with that. As a matter of fact, that’s exactly who this post is for. If you were ever curious as to why your iPhone camera makes your cousins non iPhone camera look like garbage then read on.
The iPhone 4s has an 8 megapixel sensor and a lens… that’s the camera. Like any other phone, on the sensor there are photodiodes, but unlike other phones these are placed on the front of the sensor as opposed to the rear to capture more light (according to Apple, 73% more). This in addition to opening the aperture from f2.8 to f2.4 translates into better low-light sensitivity. Add that to the iPhones five lenses in the lens element, the additional lenses in traditional cameras adds to the camera’s sharpness, and you’ve got a great point and shoot camera that is probably with you 9 times out of 10.
Apple’s “hybrid infrared filter” was added to the iPhone’s camera system with the 4s and is said to reduce the cameras chromatic aberration and ghosting, which can be a problem with most small sensor cameras like cell phone cameras. The combination of the multiple lenses, small aperture, 8 megapixel sensor, and hybrid infrared filter gives you arguably the highest quality camera you can get attached to a cell phone. Hence the reason the majority of pictures on Flickr were shot using an iPhone (I’m to lazy to look the actual stat up so either take my work for it or Google it).
It helps that your iPhone can also record video in an eye-popping 1080p format so you can see every little pimple on little Harry’s forehead as he darts off to prom with his slightly overweight but has a great personality girlfriend.