The New iPhone Camera: The 5C/5S Difference

After Tuesday’s Apple event, the gadget information coffers are once again filled to maximum capacity. Now it is time to pick apart our loot and find the gems hidden among the bitcoins. The major release from the event was detailed information about the upcoming iPhone 5S and 5C, both of which go on sale later this month. Most of the presentation was spent discussing the look of the phones, but there were significant bits of information about the changes to the iPhone camera that will be implemented in the next two iterations of the iPhone line.

The iPhone 5S

As Wired put it, the iPhone 5S is an incremental rather than a drastic change from the iPhone 5, much like the 4S was to the 4. There are several hardware changes, such as an improved battery and greater processing power to prepare for the implementation of iOS 7. Other hardware changes involve the camera. Just like HTC did with their HTC One smartphone, the iPhone 5S will have a camera that has bigger pixels rather than more pixels, which means the camera will perform better in low-light conditions.

The flash has also been improved with the unveiling of True Tone Flash. The phone will have two separate flashes—one LED white and another for warm colors—that the user can adjust according to the needs of the photo. Apple claims that there will be over 1,000 variations in picture settings thanks to the dual-flash option.

Fans of video editing will be glad to know that the iPhone 5S will be able to take 120fps slow-motion footage. This means that the budding cinematographer will be able to add some drama to their home videos and make some pretty cool Vines while they’re at it. But this (and most of the other new features) has been made possible only by the new A7 processing chip that will be installed in the 5S.

When compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4, the 5S camera both lags behind and excels, depending on the feature in question. The Galaxy still has a huge lead in megapixels, having 13MP compared to the 8MP in the 5S. The Galaxy also has many more photo options in the software than the 5S. Conversely, the iPhone will have much larger pixels that will capture more light and take better photos in the dark. The dual-flash of the iPhone 5S will make pictures with flash more natural than those of the Galaxy S4. It really boils down to the type of photo taken most often by users.

The iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C has a low maintenance cost and plenty of gusto. The 5C did not get the processor upgrade that the 5S got, so there are some camera features listed above that will not be available on the model. Disregarding the fact that the phone is made out of plastic instead of the standard metallic body of the 5, it must be admitted that this phone is powerful. While not the highest-end phone on the market today, it is still more powerful than the iPhone 5, and that transfers over to iPhone camera appeal, too.

For starters, the 5C comes with a front-facing HD FaceTime camera with backside illumination, as reported by Wired. It has the same 8-megapixel rear camera as the iPhone 5, and it comes with the same 4-inch Retina Display found on the 5S. It will also have a larger battery, so users won’t have to worry about running out of juice while filming a special moment.

The choice between the two is not one of preference but of budget. The iPhone 5S is a more powerful and elegant phone, but the 5C will keep your wallet heavier than the phone in your pocket. Either way, both phones are improvements on the previous iPhone 5, which is probably why production of the iPhone 5 has been discontinued.

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