Apple iPhone 5 Announcement

Today, Apple announced the release of it’s latest phone, the iPhone 5. I am not only excited for this announcement because I plan to pre-order a new iPhone, but because it will mark my switch from an Android phone to an iPhone.

Apple iPhone 5

Although it has many new features that are sure to excite, one of the features I’m most excited about is the camera. Although the camera on my current phone takes good photos (for a phone, at least), I have always been jealous of the photos that come out of iPhones. Apple’s latest and greatest phone is sure to have it’s best camera yet, right? Let’s check out the specs and see how they compare to the iPhone 4S:

iPhone comparisonIn the image above, you can see a side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S vs iPhone 4

iPhone 5
Screen – 4″, 640×1136, 326ppi Retina Display, 44% better color saturation than the iPhone 4S
Sensor – 8MP
Lens – f/2.4
Chip – A6 (40% faster image capture, saves images 1.7x faster, better noise reduction)
Dynamic Low Light Mode – Up to 2 stops better low-light performance
Sapphire crystal clear lens cover to protect the lens
Panorama mode – sweep the scene vertically to produce a smooth, clean panoramic image

iPhone 4s
Screen – 3.5”, 640×960, 326ppi
Sensor – 8MP
Lens – f/2.4
Chip – A5

Pricing for the iPhone 5:
Price – 16GB $199, 32GB $299, 64GB $399

Of course, we all know that specifications can only tell you so much about a camera. The final proof will be in the images that come out of the camera. If all goes according to plan, I should receive my brand new iPhone 5 the day before I leave on a trip to Seattle. During that time, I plan on becoming very well acquainted with the phone and taking many photos with it. Once I feel I’ve really been able to test it out, you can expect a full review here.

If you want to follow my journey with this new camera, I mean phone, please find me on Instagram. My username is “john_bosley”. Or, you can just view/follow my Instagram images on Pinstagram

  • Stefan

    So what could you made you switch from Android (let’s say Galaxy S III) to iPhone 5??
    It’s like to switch from D800 to 5DMIII or the opposite…

    • John Bosley

      I’m actually switching from Android to iPhone for many reasons. I have had quite a few reliability issues with my Android… everything from lack of GPS to random lockups to quirky behavior to lack of apps. I’ve decided that I need a reliable phone that will work when I need it to work. I have had a few generations of Android phones and have had issues with every one.

      Just like switching from Nikon to Canon, it’s not an easy decision to make and will require an adjustment period, but I think it’s the right move for me, both personally and professionally.

      • Mao

        You will enjoy if you are running Jelly Bean, aka 4.1.1. way better than iOS

    • TimR

      D800 to a Mark 3??? they both produce stunning gorgeous photos and both are very close to the same qualities.
      A switch from the D800 (or Mark 3) to lets say a Nikon D2H is more of a bigger jump from great quality to so so quality than the later lol

  • Mock Kenwell

    Going back from Android to iPhone? Really?

    Is it the new camera…?

    • John Bosley

      It’s definitely not the camera. It doesn’t look like there will be much of a difference in the actual camera, more the processor and software. See above for my “why”. :)

  • samer R.

    What are your thoughts on the Galaxy SIII camera.. I want to upgrade my phone for the same purpose (Camera).. cheers..

    • John Bosley

      Hi Samer –

      To be honest, I have never used the Galaxy SIII, so I can’t comment on the phone’s camera. Unless you’re upgrading from a relatively new phone, I’m sure the camera will be much better. Best of luck!

  • David Ng

    Hi John,

    You should replace the side by side picture of the iphone 4S vs iphone 5. In your picture, it looks like the iphone 5 bezel is completely gone. In reality the bezel is pretty similar to the iphone 4.


    • John Bosley


  • Mao

    I think you should look at Lumia 920 too. The camera on that phone has f2.0 aperture and image stabilization which should give you superb low-light shooting.

  • Aaron Priest

    I’ve had an iPhone 4 since the day it was available on Verizon Wireless. I’ve taken many, many photos, videos, and panoramas with it, usually while the Nikon is cranking away at a panorama or timelapse. I skipped the 4s, but I’m pre-ordering the iPhone 5 as soon as Verizon allows. The slightly higher resolution, slightly wider aperture, better lens, DRAMATICALLY faster capture time, 1080p video, improved microphones, video stabilization, photo capability during video recording, improved low light performance, combining multiple exposures for better dynamic range, and especially the live panorama mode all make it stupid for me to skip this upgrade.

  • Mithun Chakraborty

    Hi John,

    I think the price you mention for the iPhone 5 here is not correct. My be I am wrong but please check it again. Other than that other information is correct and its very informative.


    • John Bosley

      Hi Mithun,

      That pricing is correct if you sign up for a 2-year contract. I’m sure if you were to purchase an unlocked iPhone 5, the price would be much higher. I’m glad you found it informative!


  • TimR

    Apple released sample photos taken on the new iPhone 5 you can see them here: :-)

    • John Bosley

      Thanks for the link, Tim! Seeing these images makes me even more excited to get my phone and start testing it on Friday. :)

  • Martin G

    Now that you have the iPhone 5, how is it working? I have often used my 4s as a quick back up to my Nikon D90 (now800). It has proved itself to be a very good camera in a fairly wide range of circumstances. The 5 offers panorama feature which looks impressive. Have you used that yet? This alone is worth an article.
    Comparisons and debate about other platforms don’t interest me much. I know what I have chosen and what works for me.

    • John Bosley

      I am loving it! You can expect a post about my experiences with it very soon.