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The iPhone 3GS camera

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.

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Indoors

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.

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Still life

Indoor shots under artificial light show little improvement, however. Objects were somewhat fuzzy and colors were a tad muted.

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Daylight

The iPhone 3GS does perform better on cloudy bright days. Distant buildings were less likely to blend into the background.

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Sunny days

The iPhone 3GS takes satisfying shots on those rare sunny summer days in San Francisco.

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Dusk

Shots at twilight were quite decent as well.

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At night

Night shots looked marginally better. Bright objects were still washed out, but the camera was more able to pick up faint points of light.

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Motion

Like with prior iPhones, moving objects become a blur.

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Tap to Focus

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.

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Tap to Focus

But when we didn't focus on the light, the photo was completely blown out.

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More Tap to Focus

We also used the Tap to Focus feature to produce this crisp image of a lighted sign at night.

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Macro shots

On the other hand, the promised automatic macro setting didn't seem to have much of an effect. This close-up photo was blurry.

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