Apple’s new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5s has lots of new features and some pretty powerful hardware inside it. But apart from the powerful CPU and and the other new features, the 5s has a brand new camera which provides better quality pictures thanks to its advanced technologies.

Unlike the iPhone 5C, which holds on to the classic 8MP camera, the 5S comes with upgraded cameras, both on the back and on the front of the device. The back iSight camera is still the same 8 MP sensor, but with some improvements, whilst the front shutter has a 1.2 MP FaceTime HD sensor to back it up.

iPhone 5s Camera Improvements


As expected, the iPhone 5s comes with all the new and shiny technologies, and because the iPhone camera is the most used camera in the world, the Cupertino giant has paid extra attention to the 5s’ “eyes”. First off, let’s start with the back camera. Here are the specs for the rear shutter:

  • 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
  • f/2.2 aperture
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • True Tone flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter

Also, the features of this camera are not to be forgotten:

  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama with dynamic auto exposure
  • Burst mode that takes 10 shots per second
  • Photo geotagging
  • Square mode that automatically crops your photos and makes them ready to share on Instagram or Facebook
  • Photo filters

8 MP iSight Camera on the Back

Not too shabby, isn’t it? Well, some of you might not be professional photographers, so let’s take you through some of these features, so you can better understand what they mean exactly. The increased aperture of the camera allows for better low-light photos (33% increase in quality), and this is also helped by the True Tone double LED flash that is designed to illuminate different color tones with each of the two LEDs. Apple has created this dual-LED flash especially for better colors, and this is why the LED are different. There is a white (cool) LED and an amber (warm) LED in this setup.


Even though the camera sensor is still 8 MP, it has a surface area that is 15% larger than the previous camera. Also, the camera has a 5-element construction that has on the outside a sapphire crystal lens, which makes it very tough. However, the magic is done in the software, which directly controls the two LEDs, by adjusting their intensity and color temperature, allowing them to create over 1000 unique combinations. Also, the software allows live video zoom, up to up to 3x.

Apple is also putting emphasis on the 5s camera’s burst mode, which allows the user to take 10 shots per seconds. And if you think this is fast, then hold on to your hats folks, because the video has blazing fast mode. It can shoot 720p video at a whopping 120 fps (that’s frames per second), which translates to stunning slow-motion videos. In normal shooting mode, the camera is capable of capturing 1080p videos.

1.2 MP HD FaceTime camera on the Front

The front shutter has been upgraded as well. The 1.2 MP HD FaceTime camera has better backside illumination and it will be able to take better quality pictures. This is just perfect for those who take selfies and do video chatting. The camera can shoot 720p video and 1280 x 960 photos, and it can initiate video calls over 4G LTE, DC-HSDPA, HSPA+, 3G, and 2G. Also, for video calling over WiFi, the camera has a HVGA-resolution, that is 480 by 368 pixels.

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I often wonder, where is technology heading? What do all of these advances mean for us and for our future? I sometimes miss the days when I didn’t know how to use a floppy disk, or how a computer CPU works, but now, until I find an answer to my questions, I’ll keep tracking these advances and show everything I find to those who share my interests.