Apple iPhone 6 camera said to focus on image quality, not megapixel count

Apple iPhone 6 camera said to focus on image quality, not megapixel count
Apple has been using the same 8 MP camera resolution for its flagships, since the iPhone 4s introduction in 2011. Granted, we got larger pixels, and better optics with the iPhone 5s last year, but there are still 8 million of them inside the camera unit. Compare that to Android phones, where the Xperia Z2 goes up to 20 MP, or Windows Phone handset, as the Nokia Lumia 1020, which flaunts a huge 41 MP sensor.

Regardless of the camera resolution, however, Apple's iPhones have consistently scored towards the top in our camera comparisons, so the latest report that Apple still won't be chasing the megapixel count with the iPhone 6, doesn't surprise one bit. Industry insiders claim that Apple won't be jumping to 20 MP heights with the iPhone 6. However, they don't specify whether the 8 MP resolution will remain standard, or if it will be bumped to 10+ MP, with swappable resin lenses, as a previous rumor suggested. The team from Cupertino will allegedly be focusing on further improving things on the optics side, as well as the overall image quality. Whether or not this means an optical image stabilization will be in place, as speculated, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, wrote a note to clients, advising that this year we are going to witness an explosion in higher megapixel count, with 13 MP unit shipments growing at a much faster rate than any other resolution. As you can see from the charts and tables below, Sony's sensors are taking the mobile industry by storm, and are projected to account for 65% of all shipments this year, with Samsung a distant second. 

What we also found interesting, is that Sony is expected to release a new 21 MP sensor in the fourth quarter, which will be dedicated for a Sony device. Does this mean an Xperia Z3 is in the works for the holiday season? Given Sony's new six-month flagship upgrade cycle, we wouldn't rule out the possibility.

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iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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69 Comments

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

mp isnt important so much but we cant say anything about new camera bfore try it

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

mp is only important when you are viewing the pictures in larger display or when you want to print them out.

19. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Quality is also more important along with MP. Most of the S4 / Note 3 / G2 pics were much better than Z1. Nokia is still the king.

40. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

OIS is part of the total photographic package that Nokia brings to the party. No OIS in the iP6 = FAIL for iP6.

43. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I've never needed OIS, it feels a little bit gimmicky (to me) since its supposed to reduce shaking when i'm filming and help against blurr right?. well if i want to take a still pic i usually use my knee or a tripod and i'm not a very shaky person :p. this is more of my opinion, but i understand why people wants it.

58. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

OIS becomes more of a benefit as available light drops (slower shutter speeds are more susceptible to camera shake). Sometimes it is not possible to brace the camera. Tripods are clunky (even the compact ones). Then OIS can become compelling. For Apple to not include OIS is just chickens*t.

60. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Good point. +1

44. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

"Most of the S4 / Note 3 / G2 pics were much better than Z1" Your comment makes me scratching my head. Better in terms of what? Have you done any comparisons yourself? S4/G2/ Note 3 can't even beat Xperia Z in indoors and night shots at the same ISO, WB, and EV settings, but Xperia Z did lose in outdoor daylight situations though. So if those 3 phones can't beat Xperia Z, what makes you think that they can beat Xperia Z1 which has larger sensor and higher pixel count? For the love of God, please.. And for your final reference, why don't you check phonearena.com camera shootouts that featured Z1 and Z1 compact? The conclusion said Xperia Z1/Z1 C pretty much beat any phone except lumia 1020

46. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Dude, as a z1 owner, the Z1 loses to my older gs3 indoors.. its f*cking horrible indoors.. Z1 outdoors with 50 ISO is really nice and crisp but auto mode is totalt sh*t. i think i've said this on the forum before about 10 times or so. The camera on the z1 is a BIG hit or miss, but indoors its SH*T aswell as nightime shots since sony dosen't know how to program camera software.. For a high-end smartphone the camera was a big Minus for me. I've gotten some amazing shots ture but its like 1/20 is really good while 3/10 is okay.

61. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Auto mode is sh*t is true because it has a habit of cranking ISO too bloody damn high in indoors and night shots, hence producing noisy photos. Btw, have you tried shooting indoors using manual mode with the Z1? My mom owned S3 for a year and I often compared its camera to my xperia z's. And S3 lost more often than not, Xperia Z has more details, and less noise. The colour accuracy goes to S3 but sometimes, its images are a bit oversharpened. So, Z1 losing to S3 indoors makes me a bit bewildered if you ask me

50. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hey, I am a guy who constantly visiting mobile markets and keep testing many phones... note 3 produce better results then your beloved Z1 given that Z1 has 20mp vs note3 13mp... I hardly ever noticed that Z1 is taking better shots. Either it is equal to note 3 or lesser..

51. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

What the hell do you mean xD? i said the Z1's camera is pretty much sh*t without outsidelighting and iso 50 Try to read the posts before replying..

53. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Hahaha... Not you Astoni... my reply is to post #44 which is faisalwibowo or dingpingching or whatever he is... ;)

57. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

lololol

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Mp is important, And quality is important too, but there is a quality(pixels) limit in mp, so you can't go more than that. If you want to go more than that then increase mp. Apple is stupid.

21. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

My dslr is only 16 mp..will beat 1020 easily..your point?

36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

DSLR is totally different story , you can't fit DSLR lens in phone.

27. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

yeah all apple engineers are stupid , only you genius

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You can't fit dlsr lens in your phone.

41. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

You also can't fit a DSLR sensor in a phone. Sensor size is a large part of the image quality of DSLRs - best ones are pushing 35mm diagonal measurement. Try fitting that size sensor inside even a Phablet.

47. geordie8t1 unregistered

megapixels only count for about 5% maximum of the overall picture quality, and thats a simple fact. the remaining 95% is made up more about the sensor, the software, the lens mm and a whole raft of other things, higher MP count equals more introduced noise, but allows for print size to be increased, meaning the average 8mp produces in a 4:3 ratio gives a resolution of 3200x2400, and allows for printed photographs, depending on your crop you could be looking at a DPI of between 500-600 which is huge compare to the average pictures 300DPI, it does not matter at the end of the day if you ave a 100mp camera, if your sensor is still the size of a pin head you are crippling your cameras full potential. People think MP counts simply becuase with every new phone that has been released they increase the count, but what you dont often see is the fact that the sensor has ever so slightly increased, or the software has been improved , these go hand in hand and to the normal person who only sees "New XXMP Camera" on board, it would make them believe that its the increase in MP which has improved the quality when in facts its actually everything but this, its the background stuff that is making the improvements, of course as new modules become more reliable this will also help but the MP is not the factor in improving photos. companies are now looking for new ways to improve their shots as they are still limited by the size of the lens and sensors on the back, oversampling, HDR, dual camera tech, multishot stitching, and much more is designed to combat flaws in cameraphone tech, which is simply size.

49. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Quite reasonable decision from apple... I will prefer better image quality over mp count...

59. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Not to us, but most of the general public only really looks at the megapixel count, so Apple would be at quite a disadvantage if it stayed with 8MP.

2. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Apple always hibernate when it comes to spec, release same old garbage everyday and call itself revolutionary, 13mp note 3 and 16mp s5 just crush the crap out DOA

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're getting annoying now...

15. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

friends of plasic ??

20. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

iPhone 5s camera is better than S4 and Note 3 almost in every way and i'm pretty sure iPhone 5s camera still good enough to compete or even outperform S5 in low light.

22. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

5s cannot outperform s5. it is in par with note 3 in still shots but note 3 will be far better in videos..

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes the iPhone 5s camera is definitely on par with the Note 3, but it's NOT better than the S5. Genza is just an iPhone fan boy... Well one of the last ones anyways... +1

30. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

In bright light yes 5s is about on par with note 3, but 5s performs better in low light thanks to 1.5 micron. From some of the early S5 reviews it seems there is nothing groundbreaking about isocell sensor, with the combination of F2.2 lens and 1.5 micron i'm pretty sure 5s can take better than S5 in low light. When it comes to video in bright light both of them is great but 5s has better Image stabilization and performs better in low light. 4K video is the best thing about note 3.

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