DxOMark says the iPhone 6s camera isn't as good as what certain Android handsets are offering

DxOMark says the iPhone 6s camera isn't as good as what certain Android handsets are offering
After testing the Google Nexus 6P and the Xperia Z5 (see here and here), the camera specialists at DxOMark recently also tested Apple's iPhone 6s - more exactly, its rear camera was put through its paces.

As you may know, the iPhone 6s comes with a brand new 12 MP rear camera which, besides being capable of shooting 4K video, also promises better photos in all scenarios. However, the folks over at DxOMark gave the iPhone 6s camera an overall score that's similar to that of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras: 82. This puts it slightly behind the cameras of new Android smartphones like the Sony Xperia Z5 (87), Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (86), Google Nexus 6P (84), LG G4 (83), or Motorola X Style (83).

DxOMark notes that the iPhone 6s' rear camera offers a compelling photography performance thanks to its fast auto focus, very good exposure, reliable white balance, accurate color rendering, and good detail preservation in low light. On the negative side: some noise visible in low light conditions, color shading indoors, slightly yellow cast outdoors, and "occasional" ghosting and artifacts. When it comes to video, DxOMark says that noise in low light is, once again, a problem, but videos look good anyway. Overall, though, the iPhone 6s is a solid camera phone.

Of course, we reviewed the iPhone 6s ourselves, and found its rear camera to be a very good one. We already pitted the iPhone 6s camera against the cameras of some competing Android smartphones, and we'll do it again (with other handsets), so check back soon!


source: DxOMark

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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133 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Just put a bag of kettle corn popcorn in the microwave. BRB in 2 mins.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I'll get the sodas from the fridge.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Low mp camera yet couldn't produce higher image quality than many with higher. Surprising.

18. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

But the nexus 6p?

19. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The Apple fans were/are the ones referring to high mp smartphone camera are gimmicks and maybe even overkill. I would prefer the 6P to have a camera like the lumia 950 without increasing the hump size.

23. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

as * 5char

25. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Damn camera shootouts. My beloved Xperia is always losing :( http://www.androidauthority.com/xperia-z5-vs-lg-g4-vs-galaxy-note-5-vs-iphone-6s-camera-comparison-648251/ (btw guess which phone is currently #1 and preferred by fandroids).

28. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nice that you have your beloved Xperia. Apart from the Z3, the Xperias beat the iPhones in blind tests. Plus I'm upgrading to Nexus 6P, which beat the new iPhones in the dxo mark which it's predecessor raping the iPhone 6 plus in the blind test.

31. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Excuse all the grammatical/spelling error. I'm sleepy

111. FCB-Eto

Posts: 64; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Actually Android authority put the Z5 at a clear disadvantage but fiddling with the settings on the phone! You see out of the box the Z5 shoots 8mp super sampled photos but android authority changed the output to 23mp auto so super sampling wasn't applied which means they didn't test the phone as an ordinary person would. So that test is not conclusive, if you want a good test check recombu for his shoot out.

116. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Can we install this tech in LG phones? 8mp super sampled photos or clear image zoom is a software technology which works like Nokia pureview technology. Is there any app which can provide this functionality on other android devices?

26. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Glad to see Google is finally taking the Nexus camera seriously (okay, last year's was pretty good too). I was a little worried about the camera when I preordered a Nexus 5X, but assuming it uses the same 12.3 Mpx sensor as the 6P it should be just fine.

39. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Yeah like how low number of cores is not helping to improve battery life.

66. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Don't you think DXOMark are bogus when they state that the 808 Pureview AND the Lumia 1020 is worse than the iPhone?

72. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Just remember this is an overall score, big sensors do get the plus but image processing is another thing

84. Shocky unregistered

They're over-rated, always have been, Users are still blinded by the megapixel ratings.

74. TyrionLannister unregistered

Let me clear out some things about DxOMark test that you guys don't know about. The score doesn't mean much. As it's an average of various scenarios. A camera can be a specific one. For example, a camera specifically made for low-light shots which gives pretty crappy result in bright light will get a poor score compared to a more balanced camera. But for a guy looking for a low-light shooter, this will be the camera. Secondly, DxOMark TESTS PER-PIXEL DETAIL, and not the overall detail. The iPhone 6S has similar per-pixel quality compared to iPhone 6, but since it is at higher resolution, the overall quality is better. The above reason is also the reason why Nokia 41 MP phones performed poorly. The per-pixel detail in 808 pureview and lumia 1020 was nothing to write home about. Lastly, DxOMark TESTS IN FULLY AUTO mode. This explains why G4 gets a lower score than other phones. This also explains high rating of Xperia phones, as they shoot in 8 MP in auto and super-sampling gets per pixel details to much higher compared to the 20 MP shots they take. The lesson to take away from this: You can't say a phone has a better camera than other given from the DxOMark score. Especially if they shoot in different resolution as a high megapixel camera usually has a low per-pixel detail, but doesn't necessarily low overall detail.

83. Shocky unregistered

Excuses, not very good ones either. Try harder Tyrion. :)

102. TyrionLannister unregistered

Those are hard facts. If you can prove them wrong, you're welcome. Sadly your debate skills are limited to bashing others. It's not your fault. You can't do anything about poor genes.

107. Shocky unregistered

I don't need to prove anything, but you do. :)

108. TyrionLannister unregistered

I have proven everything above. It's your poor comprehension that lacks. Go and read DxOmark and how they test cameras.

109. Shocky unregistered

No, you haven't. Some of the information you posted were facts, well done for that.

96. imnotascammer

Posts: 160; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

You also might wanna point out the reason why is DxOMark using the said process? :)

99. Macready

Posts: 1829; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

No, DXOmark has many metrics to test image quality and all of them are at a sampled 8MP output, which for higher mp Bayer sensors should result in better scores (less visible noise, less artifacts and more sharpness). The 808 has a lot of other issues though, such as clipping, AF not comparable, video quality etc.

100. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Lets also not forget that DxOMark does not test again, even after critical updates that may fix a particular pain point. They never tested the 1020 in Full 39MP DNG mode, which to this day simply outdoes the competition when you can adjust it. It is also the only phone to go against real cameras too and not just phones in their testing.

126. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

OK. But the results are pretty much on par with other sites as far as which one has the better camera. The winner is still the Galaxy S/Note 16MP shooter by Sony, but improved by Samsung. While everyone bashes Samsung over its camera humps? Well that hump means they needed room to put better optics, so that each year since the GS5, the Samsung cameras have beat the competition.

131. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

android and apple competition that is...

53. engineer-1701d unregistered

IT STARTS THE FALL OF APPLE first lose almost 1 billion in law suit today and people are finally admitting iphone camera sucks when u see it on a screen other than 4 inch where u dont need detail

75. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

LOL yeah same thing we hear after every iPhone lunch and yet Apple comes out on top of sales and market share figures while Samsung and other Android handset makers keep falling. A good phone doesn't have to stellar specs, it needs to have stellar real life performance and iPhone delivers that every year, blowing the android competitors straight out of water.

127. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because sales are everything. So McDonald's sells more hamburgers than Burger King, does that man McDonald's make better hamburgers? I don't know why sales numbers are your only fallback when you loose and simple argument. Sales don't tell the story. Who would argue that a Porsche is better than a Toyota? NO ONE. At least not anyone who is smart. Because if Porsche sold a car for under $30,000 we'd all have one and Toyota would be out of business. Sales numbers are not a metric to say why something may be good or Bad. Windows is probably the most hated operating system, it is the most buggies, virus infested junk in the world. Yet it sells more than OS X. Why? Because its issues are a small cost when you consider what you can do with it vs OS X/Lunux. Every time you fools talk about all I hear is...admission..."that yes our piece of sh!t is a piece of sh!t, but at least we sold a lot of phones. Question, Samsung has been selling 300M per year or 75-80M per quarter phones since 2012, how long before Apple hits that milestone? I mean it took Apple 8 years to finally sell 75M in a quarter and Samsung has been doing it every year on average since 2011/2012. So since Samsung sells 300M phones and Apple doesn't, I should be bragging like a fool about sales...right? Because you don't get to limit sales numbers to specific models. Its EVERY MODEL. Apple counts ALL selling iPhone models in their sales. They make one phone and in 8 years they have sold roughly only half as many phones as Samsung. It seems you you only make ONE phones, you should easily be able to sell more...right? After all, McDonald's makes ONE HAMBURGER, yet they sell more than any other Hamburger joint combined.

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