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How Does the iPhone 4S Camera Compare To Actual Digital Cameras? [Pics]

Has Apple created a camera phone that competes with traditional cameras?

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
Nestor Bailly, PSFK on November 24, 2011. @NKBailly

The iPhone’s 8 megapixel camera has disrupted the camera market so profoundly that according to Flickr, the iPhone 4 is the single most popular device for uploading photos to its site. Having become the snapshot camera of today, how does it compare to traditional point-and-shoot and more professional cameras?

Pretty well, as it turns out. The iPhone has seen huge improvement in its camera’s capabilities with each new generation, to the point where Apple has created a product that can compete with ‘real’ cameras in certain (outdoor) circumstances. Ars Technica put together a gallery of test shots, here’s a few of the comparisons so you can judge for yourself:

iPhone 4S (left) vs. Olympus XZ-1 (right)

iPhone 4S (left) vs. Canon 20D (right)

Video of the iPhone 4S (right) vs. Canon 5d MKII (left)

See the rest of the comparisons here.

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