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.