iPhone 6 rumored to keep 8-megapixel rear camera; Largan Precision shares tumble

“Shares of Largan Precision Co. tumbled dramatically during trading yesterday, bottoming out after a near 7-percent drop shortly after noon as disappointed investors reacted to rumors that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset would not be upgraded with a 13 [sic] [recte 16] megapixel camera,” Ted Chen reports for The China Post.

“The mobile device camera supplier’s shares closed at NT$1,135 after rebounding from its intraday low of NT$1,105, losing NT$45, or 3.81 percent,” Chen reports. “According to Nomura Securities, Largan’s recently lagging performance in the market is caused by rumors that Apple may adopt an 8 mega-pixel (MP) camera with improved optical image stabilization on its upcoming handset, instead of the 16 MP upgrade anticipated by industry observers.”

Chen reports, “Apple’s decision is based on the design requirement to retain the handset’s more portable form factor, said Nomura Securities.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

14 Comments

  1. What is it with pixel count? It is just like the Mhz race of yore. These retards just can not help themselves with specification checklists.
    It is about the ENTIRE experience. Something samsung and the others just do not get. Tiny brains I guess.

        1. Below is a video comparison of the Nokia 1020 and iPhone 5S.

          A few personal comments:

          In daylight the color accuracy on the iPhone 5S is FAR superior. The author of the video states that the Nokia images are ‘more colorful’, but it is an inaccurate color and exaggerated color saturation. (Sort of reminds me of Fuji film). You can see this be looking at the neutral gray tarmac in both cameras. Note the persistent blue cast in the Nokia. Of course the iPhone’s flash photography is similarly more color accurate using its innovated double flash color correction system.

          The superior sharpness in the center of the image field is obvious on the Nokia. However, that sharpness falls off as you get further from the center of the image, pointing out lens aberration not present on the iPhone 5S.

          I also am not pleased with the contrast range of the Nokia. The iPhone 5S is clearly superior, which is one reason why Apple chose to provide larger pixel sensors in their camera rather than more pixels. The result is a more professional quality image.

          What the Nokia has got that the iPhone has not is a great zoom and very good manual controls. Therefore, it is better an mimicking a more professional camera. But that doesn’t solve its innate picture color, contrast and sharpness falloff problems. It’s a bells and whistles ‘good enough’ camera. The iPhone 5S more closely approaches a professional quality camera, despite the lack of the Nokia’s bells and whistles.

      1. I’d like to see somebody utilize a Foveon CCD. Since each pixel captures RGB on their own, you effectively get an equivalent resolution with 1/3 to 1/4 the number of pixels. Very cool technology. Sigma is the only company I know that uses them. The technology has been around since the late nineties, but never really took off.

  2. That would be disappointing. For sure, the camera in my iPhone 5s is great, but I often wish just more resolution to be able to crop a part out of the picture in a good resolution, like “digital zoom after taking the picture”. For those operations the resolution is way too low. I would pay an extra for 20 megapixels.

  3. To be honest with both the still pics and the video it is a tie in my eyes. Some areas Apple wins some areas Nokia wins. And I am a huge Apple fan and owner of a lot of Apple products. I won’t go into details, but their is a difference in detail and sharpness for each camera in different situations. Still love my iPhone 5s and all my Apple products that just work. As well as all work seem messily together.

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