Apple iPhone 5 Overview

Announced Sep 12, 2012 •
4 screen | 8 megapixels (rear) | 2 megapixels (front)
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Reviewed Apr 24, 2013
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Product description
Announced Sep 12, 2012

Manufacturer description: The Apple iPhone 5 features an updated 8-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, durable sapphire glass lens cover and larger, 4", 16:9 screen. A more powerful A6 processor allows improved noise reduction, 40 percent faster capture and improved low-light performance through a 'dynamic low light mode.

Quick specs
OS Apple iOS
OS Version 6
Front camera effective pixels 2 megapixels
Rear camera effective pixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera resolution 3264 x 2448
Rear camera aperture 2.4
Camera physical shutter release Yes (Use volume button)
Camera image stabilization No
Video camera recording format 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps)
LCD size 4
Built in memory 16Gb, 32GB, 64GB
Weight 112 g (3.95 oz)
Dimensions 124 x 59 x 8 mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3)

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Our review

The iPhone 5 combines ease of use with excellent image quality that rivals the best of its conventional competition (ignoring the innovative Nokia 808 PureView for a moment). Anyone upgrading from the iPhone 4S will not see a huge difference in image quality, but the leap from earlier generation models is profound. The iPhone 5's camera is one of the best around, but manual control over white balance and exposure (via exposure compensation) would be the cherry on the cake.

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Camera and Photo Features
Screen Quality
Ergonomics and Handling
Video Quality
Still Image Quality
Speed and Responsiveness