Among several new features, the iPhone 4S packs a much improved 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that’s been getting lots of praise. According to a recent IHS teardown, the iPhone 4S uses a 5-lens camera module, a first for smartphones. But there’s no better way to judge camera quality than with some sample stills and footage. Film maker and photographer Benjamin Dowie posted a short video taken with the iPhone 4S that’s quite stunning. Catch the video after the cut.
The new iPhone 4S camera now boasts an 8-megapixel resolution, 1080p HD video capture, faster picture taking, and 73% more light from a next-gen backside illumination technology. It’s improved lens features a f/2.4 aperture, which really gives nice depth of field effects and you’ll see plenty examples of that in the below video. You’ll also see the camera’s real-time stabilization in action as Dowie gets fairly steady footage while holding the camera simply in his hand sans tripod.
Dowie admits that he did apply a slight grade to the footage when he edited the clips together but that the colors are really good straight from the camera. He emphasized his amazement at the automatic stabilization and the depth of field. Watch the clip below to see for yourself.