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The iPhone 3GS' camera is in its usual position on its rear side. We still don't get a flash or a self-portrait mirror.
On the whole, we noticed improved photo quality over the previous two versions of the iPhone. Interior shots with natural light showed bright colors and little image noise.
Indoor shots under artificial light show little improvement, however. Objects were somewhat fuzzy and colors were a tad muted.
The iPhone 3GS does perform better on cloudy bright days. Distant buildings were less likely to blend into the background.
The iPhone 3GS takes satisfying shots on those rare sunny summer days in San Francisco.
Shots at twilight were quite decent as well.
Night shots looked marginally better. Bright objects were still washed out, but the camera was more able to pick up faint points of light.
Like with prior iPhones, moving objects become a blur.
The Tap to Focus feature is one of the iPhone 3GS camera's best features. When we focused on this light in a dark room, we got a clear picture.
But when we didn't focus on the light, the photo was completely blown out.
We also used the Tap to Focus feature to produce this crisp image of a lighted sign at night.
On the other hand, the promised automatic macro setting didn't seem to have much of an effect. This close-up photo was blurry.