When the first iPhone came out, the camera was an afterthought, only tossed in to feature match its competitors. Fast forward four years and it's an entirely different story, Apple has made it a point of emphasis and the camera in the iPhone 4S sh-sh-sh-shines.

But how much has it really improved? Lisa Bettany took the same picture with every iPhone (that's the original, 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S) to see the differences and PetaPixel stitched 'em together to show you how each new generation improved upon the previous model (aside from the original and 3G, that is). And it's a HUUUGE difference. Like seeing the world for the very first time again different. The 3GS was the first big jump in camera quality but then it just went up from there with the lovely 4 and the king of the hill, stupidly detailed 4S.

Maybe you needed a point and shoot cam back when the first iPhones came out but if you have a 4S now, you're just lugging around a needless brick. Check out Camera+ to see more comparison photos with the Canon s95 and 5D Mark II. [Camera+ via PetaPixel]

How Much the iPhone Camera Has Improved