iPhone 5 test photo hints at 8 megapixel camera

This unassuming photo of a plate of sushi may have just revealed one of the key specs for the upcoming iPhone 5. Apparently the EXIF metadata associated with this photo says it was taken with an iPhone 4, but the original was shot at a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, or eight megapixels. Data for the lens was captured too, indicating it’s 4.3 mm focal length with f/2.4 f-stop. Supposedly, the picture was taken by an Apple engineer on his lunch break, but take it all with a grain of salt – EXIF data can be tweaked pretty easily if someone were so inclined.

It’s still unclear if Apple will be releasing a single iPhone 5, or if there will be an iPhone 4S launched this fall as well, but we’re expecting that there will at least be a bigger screen on whatever Apple launches, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see something thinner and faster. Software-wise, we’ve already seen plenty of cool stuff from iOS 5, namely a new notification system.

The camera quality on the iPhone 4 is great, if a little saturated, so I’m looking forward to seeing some more shots taken on Apple’s next camera to see how much of an improvement they’ve made. The better cameras get, the harder it is to tell the difference between them, so I’m suspecting that the iPhone 5 won’t be light years of the old generation. What do you guys think of the shot? Getting hungry?

[via PocketNow]

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