iPhone 5 And New iPod Touch Cameras Compared

How does the new iPod Touch’s 5MP camera size up to the iPhone 4’s low-light-loving 8MP monster? IMore’s Leanna Lofte decided to find out, pitting the cameras head-to-head in a rather extensive test. The short form: if you were thinking of buying the iPhone 5 just for the camera, you could probably save yourself some money.

Leanna’s testing — not surprisingly — put the iPhone ahead of the iPod. The photos it produces are more detailed, richer and in low light the difference is huge.

But even in the side-by-side comparisons the iPhone’s photos still look great. It’s just that the iPhone is slightly better. And if you were to take the iPod Touch and put its photos next to those from pretty much any other phone, and probably plenty of cheaper point-and-shoot cameras, it would win out.

I finally bought my first iPhone — he iPhone 5 — because I figured that carrying a phone, an iPod Touch, an iPad plus a Micro Four Thirds camera everywhere I went was just absurd. But I could have replaced almost all of that excess gear with just the new Touch, and carried just a cheap burner Android phone.

Whichever way you go, one thing is very clear: you shouldn’t even think about buying a cheap compact camera any more.

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  • vashisht0429

    Try proof reading, before you post an article.

  • Gheedsgreed

    Try proof reading, before you post an article.

    You don’t need the comma. Also, proofreading and fact checking is for sissies.

  • TopherHengge

    I am thoroughly confused after reading this article.

  • Shane Bryson

    Try proof reading, before you post an article.

    Try proofreading your comments before you post them. Proofreading is one word. You also didn’t need that comma.

    Idiot.

  • MrsCleaver

    I agree that buying a cheap compact camera is a bad idea, but then, it always has been. I love my iPhone 5′s camera. Good or convenient as it is, however, it’s no match for my Canon S95 or the newer S versions, with the added bonus that they don’t cause “purple fringing” in photos. Frivolous, perhaps, but I usually carry both… in separate pockets, of course.

    And to the guy who takes the author to task for not proofreading, I say, get your own blog. I bet you occasionally make a mistake as well, especially when deadlines are tight. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of writing on the web. Get over yourself.

  • kriswm

    wow. was this written by a 3 year old?

  • mitchyd1989

    But even in the side-by-side comparisons the iPhone’s photos still look great. It’s just that the iPhone is slightly better.

    Shouldn’t that say “the iPod Touch’s photos still look great.”?

  • bondr006

    Well, I am with T-Mobile….so I went with the cheap phone for $30.00 a month and a 64gb iPod touch. I love the thing and it does take great pictures. I have had the touch since the 3rd gen and this new one is by far the best one yet. I am hoping T-Mobile gets the iPhone next year after they role out the new network that supports it. I will have one, but paying $900.00 for an unlocked one is just a bit much for me.

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