iPhone Cameras Better Than Android?

Apple use Sony sensors they are the best on the market right now, apart from that the post proseccing software of iOS is much better than any Android. Yet there’s far more to camera quality than just the sensor.

Other key factors include the lens quality, the camera software, and of course, the Image Signal Processor.

The ISP is one component that people often overlook.

Apple gets a lot of recognition for the CPUs and for the motion chips (M7/M8) it designs, but one of the most impressive things Apple does is use all its knowledge of semiconductors and photography to create amazing Image Signal Processors.

The ISP is the brain behind the camera. The sensor merely gathers light and sends a signal. The ISP is the chip that actually analyzes that signal and turns it into a photograph. It determines colours, it analyzes and cleans up raw images, and it controls all the camera’s variables, such as the white balance, ISO, focus, shutter speed, and so on. Having a good ISP is key, and Apple’s hardware team continues to knock it out of the park with their ISPs.

That’s where Apple’s real competitive advantage lies when it comes to smartphone photography.

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