Perhaps the buzz behind the launches of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One is forcing Apple to focus on low-light photography as the iPhone-maker is rumored to include a 12-megapixel camera sensor on the next-generation iPhone 5S that will make it easier for users to capture clean images in poor lighting conditions.
Currently, with the iPhone 5 and many other smartphones on the market, taking a picture in an environment with poor lighting, or not enough lighting, would result in a noisy picture with lots of grain and few details. On the Lumia 920 from Nokia and the One from HTC are two camera phones on the market today that combat this problem by allowing more light in. On the Lumia 920, more light is allowed in thanks to a slower shutter speed coupled with an image stabilization engine to counteract camera shake while HTC uses fewer, but larger pixels to let more light into each Ultrapixel on the One.
It’s still unclear how accurate the information about Apple using a 12-megapixel camera with improved low light performance is. The source, Wonderful Saigon Electrics via Tinh Te, has a mixed track record when it came to predicting the iPhone 5’s camera last year.
In addition to Nokia’s PureView and HTC’s Ultrapixel camera technologies, Samsung’s popular Galaxy S4 is also said to have a better 13-megapixel camera for low light photography without the aid of an artificial light source, like an LED or Xenon flash.
If the information is accurate and this rumor does pan out to be true, then the iPhone will continue to be a popular camera. Since its inception, the iPhone has to be a usable tool to record and document life’s many moments for many iOS users as it’s always on hand and ready to capture a picture.