Apple's next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6 or iPhone 5S, could boast a 12-megapixel camera with improved low-light shooting and HDR, according to a new report.

Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn [Google translation] reports that a source from the Wonderful Saigon Electrics in Binh Duong – which specialises in providing camera modules for the iPhone – claims that Apple's next iPhone will have a 12-megapixel camera with a high-dynamic-range (HDR) setting and improved night shooting capabilities.

It is widely expected that Apple will bring some camera improvements to its next iPhone. The company has a track record for boosting the iPhone's camera for its 'S' releases. For example, the iPhone 4S was launched with three more megapixels than its predecessor, up from 5-megapixels to 8-megapixels.

The iPhone 5 kept the 8-megapixel rear camera with an f2.4 aperture, Apple added a sapphire crystal lens with the aim of improving the clarity of photographs. Therefore, the next iPhone – which, if Apple follows tradition, is likely to be called the iPhone 5S – will probably have a significantly better camera than the iPhone 5. SEE: iPhone 6 release date, rumours and leaked images

 

The iPhone's camera has been gaining popularity and credibility, with professional photographers and photojournalists opting to use the iPhone as their camera of choice. Notably, Time Magazine used a photograph captured using an iPhone 4S as its cover image in November.

On its website, Apple boasts that the iPhone's camera is "The world's most popular camera," and the top three cameras on flickr are the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 respectively. So, it makes sense that Apple would want to focus some of its efforts on bringing users an even better offering.

[Via MacRumors]

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