One enterprising soul over on the Apple boards at Reddit has taken a bunch of comparison photos from the Camera+ app website and put them together to show just how far the iPhone camera has come, with the same image taken with the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G and 3GS, the iPhone 4 and 4s, and then the iPhone 5.
The difference between the first and last photos is stunning, but there’s an initial ratio of improvement between two models of the iPhone that’s simply stunning.
Each picture in the compiled image shows guitar tuning pegs at two levels: a general snapshot of the whole tuning peg assembly, and a macro shot of one of the gears in a tuning peg up close.
The original iPhone turns in a decent enough snapshot, but the macro is horribly blurry. I remember thinking how much better the camera in my iPhone was than my current digital point and shoot, though. The iPhone 3G isn’t much better, but you can see a definite improvement in both the basic and hyper close up.
Where the huge improvement comes, however, is between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3Gs, at least as far as image detail. Now I feel kind of silly not upgrading to the 3Gs when it came out (who needs a faster chip!?) After the 3Gs, the iPhone 4, 4s, and 5 improve in color balance and general better resolution, but nothing is as dramatic as that iPhone 3G to iPhone 3Gs image.
Kudos to redditor, camerack, for a fine job putting this all together.