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The iPhone 5 Camera - Good Enough for Real Estate?

Gail poses a great question "The iPhone 5 Camera - Good Enough for Real Estate?  I will say that the iPhone camera on the iPhone 5 is a nice upgrade over the iPhone 4S but it still won't a good replacement for your real estate camera.  The iPhone 5 is not spectacular in low light and it is nowhere near wide enough (lens angle) for good interior photos and the flash won't light up a room.  As Gail mentions, you could use the panoramic feature but you will then have to edit the photo, crop it and then resize it so that the photo will fit into your MLS and your other online marketing outlets.  The convenience of the iPhone is amazing and you could make it work for real estate but it would require more effort than necessary compared to even a basic point and shoot camera like the Panasonic Lumix line.  

Today Apple revealed the iPhone 5 and while the rest of the world was focused on the larger screen, faster speed, support for 4G LTE networks, and the new connector pins – I just wanted to know about the camera.  I take a lot of photos with my iPhone 4 and it  

The iPhone 5 camera has greater sensitivity to low-light conditions, noise reduction, and 40 percent faster photo capture. During today's presentation in San Francisco, a 28-megapixel 240 degree panoramic photo of the Golden Gate bridge taken by the iPhone 5 was projected behind the speaker.   The iPhone 5's new camera is basically the same as the 4S in all other aspects..  

Check out the sample photos at   They are pretty impressive for a camera phone!

My current iPhone 4 has only 5 megapixels and a video resolution of 720p, whereas the 4S and 5 have 8 megapixels and a HD video resolution of 1080p.  

While the camera lacks the wide angle I need for real estate photos (I prefer 17-23 35mm equivalent), the panoramic stitching could provide a wide angle view of a room.  I don’t know how good the stitching is.  It certainly looked good in the Golden Gate bridge photo at the unveiling today.

Are you thinking of getting the new iPhone 5 and if so, do you think you would use the camera for photos of your listings on a regular basis or just in a pinch?

(Yes, that is an iPhone 4 photo I took a few weeks ago.)


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Comment balloon 7 commentsSam Miller • September 22 2012 05:20AM


I got the iphone5 for my wife and I

This is the first time we will have an iPhone

I don't think the iphone camera will ever replace my Nikkon. . besides of the confidence factor when you are listing a property. .and the seller sees you taking pictures with your phone

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 8 years ago

I can't wait for the bugs to be worked out and the supply to be available so I can upgrade. However I still would use my other camera for the real estate shots.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I still love my Cannon Digital Cameras. I have 2 of them. The original one is probably considered very old but it sure takes great pictures. My new Cannon EOS Digital is really awesome but sometimes I have to remember to reduce the picture size for MLS. I like having the camera and quite frankly I like having is separate from my Droid.

Posted by Cheryl Eskridge, ABR, CRS, GRI, PMN, Broker, Licensed in WI & TX (Eskridge Real Estate) about 8 years ago

I am with comment #1. The client wants to see a regular camera in use.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker GRI, SRES (Windermere/lane county) about 8 years ago

Fernando - I am 100% in agreement with you!

Winston - iPhone 5 is a nice improvement for sure, if you have the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 or 4S, you can upgrade to IOS6 for FREE as well.

Cheryl - I am a Canon fan as well and love ours.  We actually upgraded to a full frame camera which was quite an investment but the difference from the consumer DSLR to the professional level is pretty remarkable.

Rob - I agree.  

Posted by Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist (RE/MAX Stars Realty) about 8 years ago
Basically it's good for those quick pics that pop up when you can't get to your real camera.
Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) about 8 years ago

I can't imagine taking interior photos of a home using an iPHone.  The amount of extra work cropping and resizing would be a negative plus the it is tough to beat phoots taken using a full frame sensor on a quality DSLR.

Posted by Erica Miller about 8 years ago

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