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A visual history of the iPhone's camera bump over the years

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A visual history of the iPhone's camera bump over the years

You don't need to be a professional photographer to be able to see that the iPhone's camera has improved significantly since Steve Jobs first unveiled the "Jesus phone" a decade ago and forever changed the world.

Prioritizing photography has meant, however, a compromise (or "pragmatic optimization" according to chief design officer Jony Ive) to the iPhone's industrial design: a camera bump. 

We've had a few generations to get over the bump. But now that the iPhone X is here with the biggest, bulgiest camera bump ever, there's no better time to look back at how it's evolved over the years for the sake of better pictures.

Things weren't always so bumpy. From the original iPhone (2007) all the way through to the iPhone 5C (2013), the rear "iSight" camera was always flush with the body, meaning it didn't protrude.

However, the jump to the iPhone 6 with the thinnest body (6.1mm) of any iPhone to date meant the camera's lens system couldn't fit inside anymore. 

Nobody really likes a camera bump — try placing your bump-endowed iPhone on a table and then tap the screen and you'll see why it's so despised — but it does come with the advantage of better picture quality without making the iPhone thicker than it needs to be.

iPhone "2G" (2007)

A visual history of the iPhone's camera bump over the years

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In 2007, the iPhone had only a 2-megapixel camera on the back. That's photos with 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, and it was impressive at the time.

The phone is thick by today's standards, but its camera hole was quite small, measuring only 4.5mm (diameter).

iPhone 3G (2008)

A visual history of the iPhone's camera bump over the years

Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE

The iPhone 3G didn't come with any changes to the camera. It was still a 2-megapixel shooter. But somehow the diameter of the camera grew by 0.5mm.

iPhone 3GS (2009)

A visual history of the iPhone's camera bump over the years

Image: LILI SAMS/MASHABLE

Though it looked identical to the iPhone 3G, the 3GS came with a bump up in resolution to 3-megapixels, and added video recording with VGA (640 x 480) resolution at 30 fps.

It was also the first camera to come with auto-focus and auto-white

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