The smartphone photography is never about the megapixel count, well maybe a little, but the first thing that matters is that the output must be magnetic. The captures should have enough details, great color reproduction and at the minimum a good white balance. iPhones has been considered as one of the best camera phones among the smartphones from the earliest stages.
During this year, companies like Samsung and LG finally learnt that megapixel count is just one of the few things required to take good camera outputs. But ultimately what matters is the software processing of the imaging. I have liked cameras on their flagship smartphones; Galaxy S6 and G4. These devices showed that Android smartphones can go toe-to-toe with the iPhone.
But again the Cupertino giant stepped up its game with an increase in the megapixel count and various other acclaimed features on their new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. There are quite the internal differences within company’s two new handsets in terms of camera, which is up for discussion some other time. Right now we are here to talk about the camera on the iPhone 6s.
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The Apple iPhone 6s comes with a 12 MP Camera sensor that captures better photos when compared the iPhone 6. We have been using this phone from over a week & have captured photos in real life conditions without using a Tripod. This was done because most of the users capture photos in the Auto Mode without a tripod & in different scenarios.
As an iPhone-toting photographer, every Apple fanboy looks forward to each iPhone update in the camera. We have the Space Grey 64GB model of the iPhone. Let’s see if the increase in camera resolution and few other options dramatically increase the picture quality or not.
The camera is a beast when it comes to broad daylight photos; there is more contrast, which allows a bit more details. But when we looked up close, the details weren’t compensating for the high resolution it sports. There is actually a very slight increase in visible detail, for most people it’s hard to notice. You have to peep into those pixels to know if there is any difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s camera captures.
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The improvements in focusing can be experienced on the camera app, as Apple has included an advanced Phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) feature in the camera module, it was introduced on the iPhone 6, but has been improved upon for iPhone 6s. This time, the camera can capture a lot of dynamic ranges. These dynamic pictures like bright whites and bright blue skies. And even the dark surfaces in broad daylight come out very well and balanced manner. Another noticeable thing to talk about is that photos look more natural to the reality than on devices like Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4.
Though, have found out one kind of fault with iPhone 6s camera that it has a tendency to overexpose the captures sometimes, which doesn’t exactly portray it as the best smartphone camera, as it was earlier considered to be. You also have to understand as well that photos looks fantastic, see for yourselves. The details are present and are on par with any other good camera phone in the market right now. Android smartphones have stepped up their game, and that’s why it’s a tough competition this year.
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Talking about the low light capabilities, from the captures and a video it can be stated that the new sensor isn’t as good as older for the low light captures. The 8MP variant wasn’t a full-time charmer in low light, but the details would be visible most of the times. You could say that images were quite pixilated in low light conditions while it was hard to judge anything in extreme low light conditions. The images were grainy, although, it performed better in dim-light conditions gaining many details in shadow parts.
The iPhone being a timelapse king had a lot of expectations in terms of improving the video quality. And we thought it was quite good even for the non-OIS model, iPhone 6s doesn’t have that only the bigger variant does. Though, the digital stabilization should be enough to take some great capture during handheld photography from new iPhone. It also records Slo-Mo videos in 720 with 240fps that does an amazing job, while if you are someone who records a lot of videos then it supports 4K Video recording.
Live Photos is one of the new features available on the new iPhones; it captures the motion photos with audio. While capturing in Live mode from the default camera app, you might notice this that it processes audiovisual before it starts actual capturing and after as well. That might be confusing to understand but in simple language you get a stunning GIF-like media file with audio as well.
Talking about the front-facing camera on the iPhone 6s, there is quite an improvement in megapixel count, it now sports a 5-megapixel sensor, which is a major improvement from the 1.2-megapixel sensor. But unfortunately, the image quality is still the same, there is a sort of front-facing flash setup, which illuminates the display with full brightness while shooting selfies. It works fine, mostly only when your face is about 18 inches from the phone screen. I wear a glasses; I had to be prepared for that awful rectangular glare that obstructs eyes. I’m not in agreement with having flash beside the selfie cam and sure don’t love this feature either.
So yeah, the iPhone 6s is still a good camera phone, which can take very nice pictures and video content. But it’s certainly not the best in all measures of quality. The photos still look similar to the old iPhone captures. For those who would have you believe that this is a major upgrade in image quality over the iPhone 6, I would say they’re fooling themselves and you.
When comparing in general with the other flagships of this year, the iPhone 6s doesn’t come close to the camera captures from Samsung Galaxy S6 and LG G4. Both the cameras have large aperture numbers than iPhone 6s, and that is one of the reasons the captures are good. For other reasons you have to read respective camera reviews to know more.