New online tool lets you see how far iPhone cameras have come in 15 years

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Smartphones cameras have improved significantly since the release of the iPhone in 2007 — and there's now a nifty visualization that proves it.

SimpleGhar, an online review website, posted an interactive comparison tool that lets users compare the camera quality of every iPhone from the very first to the latest iPhone 13 Pro Max

To create the comparison, SimpleGhar gathered data about the technical specifications of smartphone cameras on a range of devices, from the iPhone to Google Android products. From there, it created mock-up images of how the camera quality would affect overall image quality on a series of sample photos.

A comparison of three different iPhones —  and users can go even further back into the past.
A comparison of three different iPhones — and users can go even further back into the past.

There are a number of devices represented in the comparisons, from the Google Pixel series to Samsung's Galaxy lineup.

Additionally, there's also an interactive tool that charts the history and evolution of the camera phone. You can compare image quality from the very first camera phone, the Sharp J-SH04, to the latest and greatest flagship smartphones.

As far as other methodology, the company used sales data from smartphone intelligence services to list the best-selling devices over the past few decades. It also focused solely on rear cameras and eliminated any devices that didn't have sample images to draw from.

The interactive tool and other information about the evolution of smartphone cameras is available on the company's website.