Apple’s iPhone 6, which is expected to be released later this year, may include a significantly improved camera sensor and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). An Apple patent that was filed for on November 8, 2012 is for “a system and method for creating a super-resolution image.” These “super-resolution” images will be possible as a result of the inclusion of iOS and other improved camera specs.
While it is only a patent and Apple may not be planning to include the technology in the iPhone 6, the process for improving photos is very interesting. With burst photos and OIS, the image that is eventually produced can actually be of a higher quality than the megapixel count on the sensor.
The iPhone is already the gold-standard when it comes to phone-based cameras and an improvement like this in the iPhone 6 would only solidify its standing. OIS is common in professional DSLR cameras as the feature removes distortions in an image that would normally be caused by unsteady hands or other movement.
Electronic image stabilization–a software-based alternative to OIS–could also be included in the iPhone 6 in order to cut down costs, since OIS is not particularly cheap. The iPhone 6 is already expected to be an expensive smartphone, so if Apple can bring down the price by opting for another form of image stabilization, that might be a better option.
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