iPhone 6 could come with a 13 megapixel camera: Apple Possibly going for 4K video recording
by Stephan Jukic – July 31st, 2014
There have been plenty of rumors about the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple and this is common when it comes to pretty much any new Apple release, but one thing that hasn’t been mentioned much is the camera it’s going to have.
Well, according to some of the newest rumors circulating, that camera that’s going to be inside the phone will have a massive 13 megapixels of resolution power. This is a huge uptick from the 8 that are currently available in the iPhone 5.
According to online sources, such as a website called GforGames, the iPhone 6 will launch with a 13 megapixel camera and a built-in improved sensor that is an improved version of the Sony Exmor IMX220 sensor series. These are ½.3 inch sensors with the capacity to support up to a whopping 20 megapixels of photo resolution.
Apple is already recognized for investing in high quality sensors on its phone and tablet cameras. However they’ve generally been careful to avoid cramming them with too many megapixels since this can also affect low light performance negatively, which many consumers wouldn’t like.
The rumor about this new 13 megapixel camera is just that, a rumor, and since its origins are in a Chinese gaming forum, the reliability of this particular story is less than stellar.
Nonetheless, the reputed specs of the iPhone 6’s camera do also make a lot of practical sense. 4K technology is spreading fast and far in the visual display industry and it’s spreading even faster and further when it comes to any kind of cameras for video or photo use. Given that a lot of major smart phone makers are now already including 4K cameras in their newest phones, the pressure on Apple to finally going 4K on its own mobile device cameras is powerful.
Also, the act of adding a 4K video and photo shooting capability to their already highly anticipated and advanced iPhone 6 will definitely make the device future-ready for at least a few more years.
Whether the rumor about Apple and the Exmor sensor and 13 megapixels of 4K shooting ability is true or not, what has been much better confirmed is that Sony’s new line of Xperia Z3 Android phones will have the same Exmor sensor and an even crazier 20 megapixel resolution. These are expected to go on sale later in 2014.
Other leaks on the upcoming specs of the iPhone 6 indicate that it’s going to come in two versions, one with a Sapphire display that gives a 4.7 inch screen and another larger 5.5 inch screen size.
The bottom line is that 4K displays and camera capacities are going to be the main specs of most future phones and other photo/video capture devices, even if 4K doesn’t become big in TV screens (though this is doubtful given the trends so far). Apple’s Retina display technology is already lagging behind the power of 4K display in other machines, thus its device cameras can’t afford to do the same if the company wants to remain cutting edge.
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