Like the new A6 processor, the iPhone 5′s camera isn’t a monumental leap over its predecessor. In fact, it’s the same 8MP, f/2.4 aperture and 5-element lens found on that of the iPhone 4S, but it’s 25% thinner to compliment the phone’s slimmer profile. Improvements come in the form of a dynamic low light mode, which gives up to 2 f-stops greater low-light performance. A new sapphire lens crystal cover is now used, and it’s more durable and clear. The A6 chip also lends a helping hand, as it further reduces noise and includes a “smart filter” for improved color matching. Oh yes, you can expect 40% faster image and video captures, and even take stills while video recording.
And for those who want to get fancy with their photography, the iPhone 5 camera features a new panorama mode. By stitching together a string of snapshots, the camera will create one large panoramic image (28 megapixel!). As for videos, the rear camera will still shoot in 1080p, but it’ll feature better video stabilization and facial recognition. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera is now 720p (backside illuminated), thus giving you better Facetime resolution. Speaking of video chat, you can finally FaceTime your other half over cellular networks.