iPhone 5 camera now shoots panoramic photos

It’s the same 8MP resolution as the 4S, but thinner and supporting a host of new features

Apple’s new iPhone 5 will apparently use the same 8-megapixel Sony Exmor R sensor as the iPhone 4S, but the camera is nonetheless a wee bit tastier than the snapper on its predecessor.

Described by Apple as 25 percent thinner than on the iPhone 4S, the new camera retains its “iSight” moniker but features a new sapphire crystal cover, a new dynamic low light mode and a “smart filter” for more accurate colour reproduction.

You can shoot in a new panorama mode that automatically stitches together several shots (for an image of up to 28 megapixels in total).

On the video side, there’s better image stabilisation for the 1080p main footage and face detection for up to 10 fizzogs at once. You can also take still shots as you record video. The front-facing camera, meanwhile, can now capture 720p HD video for FaceTime (and selfies if you’re into that kind of thing).

We were kind of hoping for the new Sony Exmor RS sensor to be included, but given the timeframe it was never likely to happen; we’ll look out for that on the iPhone 5s…

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