First official iPhone 6s camera samples give us a preliminary idea of what the phone's capable of

First official iPhone 6s camera samples give us a preliminary idea of what the phone's capable of
One of the biggest improvements Apple fans will find in the just announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are superior main cameras. We start off with an 50% bump in resolution — from 8-megapixels to 12-megapixels — supposedly without any sacrifices in image clarity. Like before, the smaller, 4.7-inch iPhone 6s comes without optical stabilization, while the iPhone 6s Plus features one (and now it works for video). 4K UHD video capture will also be made available, along with humongous, (up to) 63-megapixel panaoramic photos.

Obviously, it'll be a while longer until we can get our hands on full-sized photo samples shot by us, but until then we can use what Apple made available on its own official Photo Gallery page for the new iPhones. Keep in mind that due to bandwidth concerns, Apple has re-sized the photos so that they load faster in your browser, so don't jump to any conclusions just yet — the real thing will offer much higher resolution.

Without further ado, here are the first official iPhone 6s camera samples:

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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)



1. Shocky unregistered

From Apple?

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I hope it beats the kings, the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, & the Galaxy Note 5. I would hate for it to be obsolete from the get go.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Its not. There is no way a 12MP camera is going to stand up to a 16MP camera with 1.9 Aperture, even if that 12MP camera has a 1.9 aperture.

37. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Megapixels are only a small part of the equation. F/1.9 is awesome for low light and depth of field, but how the image is processed between light hitting the sensor and it being stored on memory has a big impact on that final, heavily compressed JPEG. Image processing affects the image in many ways. Having RAW support eliminates that automated image processing, allowing the user to alter the image how they see fit. Samsung is still going to be on top due to RAW support.

38. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

images are pretty good, apple in known for utilizing old tech at optimum level. Kudos to apple for their software. These photos are surely taken by professionals. Will wait to see real life comparisons.

41. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

There's also the fact that some Android phones now have support for RAW. So even if the processing for the iPhone is superior, that can be countered by those who are so inclined. However, by going with a lower resolution, they do maintain slightly larger pixels on the sensor. Not by a large margin as it seems they're still using a standard smartphone sensor size.

52. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

TechieXP1969 your post clearly shows you have no understanding of how a quality camera works. A high megapixel count does not necesarrily make for a better quality picture. Nor does a larger aperture. Do you even know what these are. I suggest that you do more research on camera tech before you make such statements!

62. YourKnowledge

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

What are you? 5 years old? What you said has nothing to do with the quality of a picture. Megapixels (MP) has to do with the size of the picture not quality.

48. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

im using galaxy s6, iphone still give me better better experience when taking photo, 4 out of 10 times, the galaxy 6 can take a more superior photo than my iphone 5s ,but the rest is unusable or not perfect. im not saying 5s is better than s6 in picture quality, but i prefer to use my 5s rather than galaxy s6, the ultra fast focus and open camera apps only last 2 month, now it starting to slow down. dont know why

49. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and.....maybe Z5 family

54. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

iPhone 6 plus beats Note 5 camera already with 8MP I saw the camera comparison on YouTube even the 1.2 MP ffc of iPhone 6 plus better than Note 5 and S6 5 MP ffc.

55. dazed1

Posts: 811; Member since: Jul 28, 2015



Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

Are you crazy man? Don't know what video you've been watching, but no chance in hell the 6 Plus beats the Note 5. You're probably just one of those fanboys who refuse to acknowledge the cold hard fact that iPhones no longer have the better camera, if they ever were better.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Now people will stop saying 4K is unnecessary/nobody has a 4K display, etc.

23. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, no. It's still utterly useless. We don't have the internet support nor the content availability. You can't even get true 1080p content completely from your tv provider.

31. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

...Except him.

47. dazed1

Posts: 811; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You have no clue like many noobs. 1. Even on 1080p screen 4K video will be downscaled and LOOK better. 2. Youtube 4K videos, upload in much higher bit rate (quality) then 1080p, and offering like full 1080p quality on your 1080p screen, instead of 1080p uploads which looks like 720p or even worse, also the sound is much better in 4K 320 vs 192kbps AAC. 3. Educate your self.

46. serge327

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

while apple bring 4K display on iPhone, Apple fans will say 4k is not useless...

50. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not until iPhone 10plus

56. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

Spot on

58. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Sadly youre right.

32. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Same sensor size, more pixels. Only advantage Apple had previously was bigger pixel size - 1.5um Now that is also gone, now it;s only 1.22um, almost same as Samsung/LG etc., Same aperture. With smaller sensor and narrow aperture, I don't think they can do any good compared to other cameras.

51. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

now they can only rely on post processing (and maybe better lenses) and RAW support

63. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

These are all scaled down photos. :-( You can make most photos good by scaling them down. Even photos with a slight motion blur can be improved with this. The trick is to scale down at 50% horizontal + 50% vertical which gives the best anti-aliasing. Unfortunately you also get a 4x reduction in megapixels. Knowing that the minimum required for a 6"x4" photoprint is 2,1MP. HQ-prints are 300dpi at the photostand so you'll get: (4"x300dpi)x(6"x300dpi)=1800x1200=2.16MPixles. In essence that means the absolute minimum useful camera to produce the best quality 2MP photos needs to produces 8MP photos. 16MP produces the best scaled down 4MP photos. 4MP equals to a full A4 print at 300dpi at a professional photoprint-service. Ofcourse for facebook/twitter/etc... this doesn't matter at all. In photoshop or similar 50% reduction + a slight sharpening filter will get similar results as what a Nokia 808Pureview does in real-time. That dog is cool though :-)

2. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Sony sensors?

3. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Should be. No official word, though.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31763; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Any mention of ram, split view, slide over, and picture in picture?

18. maherk

Posts: 7055; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1GB of ram bro. And I would doubt it them bringing the split view to the new iPhones with only 1GB on board

24. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Is there a link for that? Where did you get the info?

27. maherk

Posts: 7055; Member since: Feb 10, 2012


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