iPhone 4 Officially Debuts - Steve Jobs Compares it to a Leica

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The iPhone 4 was officially announced by Apple today, complete with some very cool features that are bound to make iPhone owning photographers very happy indeed. 

For starters, it's got a vastly improved screen resolution of 960 x 640, which will look staggeringly good on the 3.5 inch IPS display.  It improves the look of existing applications, but also makes your photos crystal clear.

The rear camera got an upgrade too.  The new iPhone has a 5 megapixel sensor built right in, but as  Steve Jobs put it, "when most people increase megapixels they make them smaller, but we've kept ours the same size."  It's also got an LED flash built right in.

The camera has the ability to record HD video at 720p resolution (30 frames per second).  Video can be shared immediately or edited in the iMovie application.  iMovie can also down-convert the HD-video complications for use on the web.

Jobs also made an interesting comment on the look of the iPhone.  "This is beyond the doubt, the most precise thing, and one of the most beautiful we've ever made," he said. "Glass on the front and back, and steel around the sides. It's like a beautiful old Leica camera."

(Author's Note:  There is an astounding camera application for the iPhone that hit the App Store today called Camera+.  It's an application that was built from the perspective of a DSLR user.  I've been testing it for the past hour and it's pretty phenomenal.  You can read more about it on the official site here: Link  There are sample shots on the site as well.)