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 http://news.cnet.com/2300-13579_3-10013758-7.html 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.)