I finally got around to comparing the camera on the iPhone 4S to the camera on the older iPhone 4.
In the above shot, can you guess which is which?
The first thing that stands out on these 100% crops is the level of noise with each shot; it’s quite obvious that the iPhone 4S has a much clearer image. This is largely due to its much improved image sensor, which can capture more light with its deeper pixel wells.
Dynamic range is also dramatically improved with the iPhone 4S. You can see how the older iPhone 4 blows the highlights on the white USB plug.
Coming up next, in a future blog post, will be a comparison between the iPhone 4S and a high-end compact camera. I’ve already taken dozens of side-by-side shots for this showdown.
I can tell you right now, the findings are very interesting!