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iPhone 6 To Feature 13mp Sony Sensor?

By Anthony Thurston on July 17th 2014

According to the latest rumors coming out of tech land, the rumored iPhone 6 will likely ship featuring the Sony Exmor IMX220 sensor. The IMX220 is a sizable improvement over the cameras in the current iPhone 5s generation of phones, which feature 8mp sensors.


Sony’s Exmor IMX220 Sensor

The Exmor IMX220 is a 13mp, 1/2.3″ sensor is capable of shooting 1080p video. 13mp is a nice jump over 8mp, and would likely mean a noticeable improvement in quality over the current generation iPhone cameras. That said, this could be seen as a disappointment to some.

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Initially, rumors were that Apple would stick with the 8mp Sony sensor in the current iPhone generation, but would add IS to the lens module to improve images from the camera. That could still be the case, on the larger of the two iPhone 6 sizes (5.5″), but latest rumors state there will be no IS on the smaller (4.7″) model.

The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced this upcoming fall.


What are your thoughts on this rumor? Do you think a bump in megapixels is a good move from Apple, or would IS be the better upgrade? Leave a comment below.

[via Mac Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Eric Sharpe

    I’m finally going to switch over to iPhone. There are a couple apps that I wish were also developed for Android that are not. I don’t expect much out of my phone’s camera anyway, so the upgrade in mega pixels there is not that exciting. I would like being able to use it more often without the flash, so I suppose I’d prefer the IS over pixels.

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    • Kenneth Prater

      Eric I was tempted to jump on the S4 bandwagon from my iPhone when it first came out but the app support for key apps in my workflow wasn’t there i.e. VSCO Cam, Release Me and a few others. It took forever for VSCO’s team to get off the ground on an Android platform. It seems to me at this point its safe to stay with Apple even with the drawbacks of some hardware innovations that other companies are taking a risk on.

      I don’t count on my iPhone camera to be the best but its pretty dang good on its own. The megapixel war has moved to phones when in reality if an image is composed well and has great content who cares what its shot with.

      Glad to see you come to the Apple side of things. LOL

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  2. Kenneth Prater

    As a professional photographer that occasionally posts images to my website using my iPhone I think this will be a great improvement over what is available now from Apple. I know its a late blooming feature for them but its about time for it and if this is true; its a very smart move from Apple to partner with Sony on this.

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    Better low light performance and IS should be a priority before increase in MPs

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  4. Phil Bautista

    Sony sensor and no 4k capabilities? Why so late to the party, Apple?

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  5. Greg Faulkner

    I’m using an iPhone 5, it’s the flash that’s the worst it looks so nasty :( So better low light and a mire controlled flash would be great. I’m personally looking forward to the 4.7 screen on the iPhone 6 :)

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  6. James Matthews

    The iphone is screaming for more IS and low light capabilities…or maybe I just have the shakes

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  7. Asad Qayyum

    Might just wait it out to see how this performs; I was going to jump on the S5 bandwagon

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  8. Mike Roux

    I don’t get why anyone wants more than 8MP for personal happy snappies. Most of the photos I take with my iPhone gets deleted & those I keep lands of Facebook at barely 2MP. I personally want better low light.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree, IS and Low Light are higher priorities for most. But still, a jump from 8 to 13mp will be noticeable.

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