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Camera Quality : iPhone 4 Is Much Better Than 3G & 3GS

One of the major features in the iPhone 4 is the new camera, a 5-megapixel model that comes with a LED flash. This is a significant improvement over the 3-megapixel one from the iPhone 3GS and the 2-megapixel camera on the 3G and the 2G.

Still, while other rivals like the Samsung Pixon and the Nokia N8 offer 12-megapixel cameras, we found out that the one on the iPhone 4 was more than adequate and leapfrogs the current iPhones when it comes to quality.

Below is a comparison of the three cameras aiming at the same subject, the top of St Paul's cathedral in London, with an overcast sky. The 5-megapixel camera is way better than the two other models with the iPhone 3G fairing particularly badly.

Note that the images have not be retouched apart but only resized to fit the page. No flash was used and all the phones were on default settings. Thanks to Simon and Alex for lending me their phones.

iPhone 4

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3G

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.