Basic iPhone Camera vs iPhone X Camera – Changes A Decade Can Bring About

Basic iPhone Camera vs iPhone X Camera – Changes A Decade Can Bring About

Things around us are changing rapidly, old technology is being replaced by new. Some well-known brands like Blackberry, Nokia are facing a tough time whereas others like Apple are achieving one feat after another. It’s been ten years since the first iPhone was released and from then a lot has changed. With the latest being the release of iPhone X with all new features, bigger screen, updated camera quality and much more. But have you ever thought of comparing the oldest with the latest? or How far have we come from the first iPhone to the latest one? In this article, we will compare both the phones specially for the camera quality. Can a decade old camera technology stand the latest one?

Let’s look at how just over a span of 10 years technology has evolved. Before we move ahead, we must acknowledge that often what may seem old and outdated is what once paved way for the new technology.

To begin with let’s see what is left behind and missed in iPhone X:

Missing FeaturesiPhone (basic)iPhone X
3.5 mm JackThe basic phone had a jackThe latest model comes without it.
Front CameraNo front camera, it came into existence with iPhone 4Dual camera rear camera and amazing front camera for selfies
MMS MessagingUnavailable, could send using third party application or after jailbreaking the phoneAvailable
iOS supported3.1.311.3

The things that most of us miss in iPhone X is the audio jack, but still the way it has been upgraded we can live without it. iPhone X has been revamped to an extent that was actually beyond imagination.

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Apart from this there are many key differences found in both the versions:

SpecificationsiPhone XiPhone (basic)
Screen type and size5.8-inch OLED3.5-inch LCD
Rear camera12 megapixels2 megapixels
Front camera7 megapixelsN/A
FlashTrueTone flashN/A
Processor2.39GHz A11 chip412MHz
Weight6.1 ounces (173 grams)4.8 ounces (136 grams)
Launch price$999 (64GB base model)$499 (4GB base model)

This is all about the look, price, software, display, screen size and other specifications. But what about the Camera performance? Is it the same? No things have changed over the time, 10 years is a big time. Here we will explain the difference between picture quality of both the camera.


The camera app found in the basic iPhone was very simple it did not have functions like pinch, zoom, video, flash and others. What it had was only a shutter button. Whereas the camera app in latest iPhone X has been upgraded and multiple features have been added to it, ranging from different shooting modes, landscapes, slow motion, time lapse and portrait mode.

Portrait mode for the first time was introduced with iPhone 7 Plus, that can create bokeh effect using dual camera. (Bokeh is the effect the makes images look sharp as compared to the background.)

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Modes: Portraits and Landscapes

As the original iPhone had a very basic camera app with not much features, users had to click images in bright light to maintain the quality. Whereas there is no such restriction with iPhone X as the images can be modified anytime using the effects added to the camera app.

Secondly the image output was not great, the pictures were little unclear due to the reason that the field of view of the lens was 37mm equivalent as opposed to 28mm equivalent on the iPhone X. Due to this using iPhone X user can capture a wider range, and get excellent photos as the output with amazing clarity.

Low light

The camera app in basic iPhone lacked optical image stabilization (OIS) due to which getting better results in low light wasn’t possible. OIS allows light to get in as camera’s shutter stays open for longer duration.

This shortcoming has been dealt with the higher models of iPhone and with iPhone X the results are mind blowing. Also, OIS helps to compensate motion blur that occurs in images due to shaking hand moment.


Undoubtedly, iPhone X wins as it has a better camera but still the basic iPhone doesn’t lose at all. The images may not be that great but are still good.

Not only this, old iPhone gives a robust feel, handling it is easy as compared to iPhone X. There is no fear of slipping the phone whereas the back-glass plate in iPhone X makes it slippery. The basic aluminum and black plastic back wins here. Plus, handling and carrying the old iPhone is too easy as it fits in every pocket.

Flashy things don’t win the race, simplicity is what matters, the one button camera interface in old iPhone makes shooting easy. User don’t have to worry much about the details, he can enjoy clicking images. Surely the results will vary but you won’t completely dislike the results. No one would like to go to back using old technology but if you are still using it there is nothing wrong in it. Old technologies are worth giving a try to know what new advancement is getting for us.

Original iPhoneiPhone X
Unclear and zoomed images as field view of the lens is equivalent to 37mmClear images as the field view of the lens is equivalent to 28mm
Unable to click images in low light due to unavailability of optical image stabilization (OIS)OIS helps to get much sharper images even in low light
Easier to click photos using original iPhone as there are not much settings that need to be taken care ofNeed to take care of all the settings to get best quality pictures
Sturdy to handleSlippery and the back glass makes it risky to click photos as the chances to slip the phone increases
Preeti is a technical writer with Systweak. She covers new technology and troubleshooting. She loves gadgets and is an avid reader. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places solo.

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