Our first camera samples from the Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Our first camera samples from the Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
Apple’s iPhones have always been known to capture some exceptional footage with their cameras, always being in contention every year when it comes to top-notch results. Compared to the field, the iPhones were never big on having the beefiest cameras on board – so from a specs sheet standpoint, it appears underwhelming. However, we all know by now that a camera’s true worth isn’t measured by the amount of megapixels accompanying it, but rather, it’s a conglomerate of things working in tandem that help to establish it to continually be one of the best around!

With this year’s iPhone models, the 6s and 6s Plus, Apple has finally dug itself out of the single-digit megapixel mark – ceremoniously moving into two-digit waters. Rocking 12-megapixel iSight cameras, these two latest iPhones are no doubt going to establish themselves as the best around when it comes to pure quality. While we have little doubt of that certainty, evident in iPhones past, we decided to snap a few samples for your enjoyment.

It’s worth noting however, that the iPhone 6s Plus benefits over its sibling because it features optical image stabilization, just like last year’s model. Unlike last year’s model, though, it’s now enabled to work with video recording capture as well – including 4K. We’re eager to show you all of that, but of course, that’ll have to wait until the full review. In the meantime, this is what you can expect from these two power house phones. So, are you impressed? Or is it playing catch up?

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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)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

So...according to you guys, on a scale of 1-10 what would you rate the camera?

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Honestly I Think It Looks Good. Sold 8 From me.

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Looks pleasantly good enough.

43. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I've ran a few photo tests myself with a 6S and a Note 5. Apple still can't touch the IMX240 sensor and image processing of the S6/Edge and Note 5. Details in shadows, dynamic range, low light performance, sharpness, etc. Toss in Pro mode with full controls and RAW, and the Note 5 is a far more capable device for photos. Now, anyone who sticks with Apple phones will certainly enjoy the new camera, but for anyone who owns a device with a Sony IMX240, the new Apple camera is underwhelming.

59. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 727; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Which Sensor does Apple use?

65. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most likely a newer custom Sony sensor

68. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

good analysis...

90. crzykiller

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

You do realize the Note 5, Galaxy S6/edge also use Samsungs own Isocell sensor. Still is amazing though

5. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014


15. engineer-1701d unregistered

watch the verge they did great review gs6 edge, lg4 and iphone 6sp and they show how bad apples is and a lot of problems on lg and 1 or 2 on gs6 cant believe they didnt get fired for telling the truth lol

66. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I would have figured that Apple would have leapfrogged the competition but it was a marginal improvement over last years models.

93. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Exactly. I was pleasantly delighted with the test and that they were so honest about which cameras did what. I would still give the nod to LG and Samsung because of how much further you can take your shots with their manual modes. Especially for long exposure shots.

30. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

A bit more artifacting at pixel level and still the yellowish veil in daytime shots to fake or overblow "golden hour" shots. Not something you'd expect from a manufacturer that swears by good color calibration. A 7.

52. sandysingh252

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

More importantly, they said in verge review that their so called deep trench pixel separation didn't work. Colors are still bleeding and in the reference image of a flower, even white parts were processed to look pink and dark pick was lightened to light pink. So apple has committed the same mistake as other manufacturers by cramming a lot more pixels in same sensor size.

80. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The flower shot also highlighted a grossly oversaturation of pinks and purples, basically blowing out the whole color channel and resulting in huge loss of details. With flowers, that's usually tricky when shooting red and yellow, this is of a whole different magnitude...

46. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

if you is used to top notch camera phones , you don't need "magic" or two photo comparison from two devices to find out that; both iphones' have lesser photo detail, photos looks darker but they still look a bit natural except for sm colour "tingling " and so I'd gv them 7 out of 10. .. G4, Z5 family and Samsung new devices plus note 4... does better than this. ...

53. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Ill give it 7,5

72. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Not impressed... still behind the best competitors like the gs6.

98. igorb81

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I would say about 3 if these are real. What a shame. This is such a step back. Samsung and LG would murder these results in a heartbeat. If you look at the details at 100% these have to be the worst images I have seen in a while out of any phone. I am a photographer and I know what I am talking about. I have been using Nikon DSLRs for years. Samsung and LG is doing great job lately and are on the path to nearly replace DSLR cameras in the near future. If these are indeed legit I am just amazed that Apple would take such a step back in image quality. Count me very skeptical. IDK. This is embarrassing. Only a blind person would think these images look even half decent.

2. Furbal unregistered

Looking good, doesnt seem to have as much detail on a zoom as a note 5/s6 but pretty damn close. Still playing catch up in that area. I think an iPhone will always win in speed to picture though, even with Samsungs double tap to launch.

3. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

The added number of megapixels really helps with catching all of the details. I wish they would've made the aperture size bigger, though.

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

The verge did a camera test and guess what, s6 and g4 beat iPhone 6s: https://youtu.be/b_1Bgfl6qvk

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I hated how that Dan guy from the Verge commented on the pictures. If the S6 Edge+ and G4 pictures have flaws, he would use really extreme words but totally changed his attitude when it came to Iphone pictures that didn't look as good. The other guy was impartial and worth hearing. The Verge writers are mostly Apple biased so no surprise there.

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Every site has to speak well about Apple, not only cuz their fans but also gives them 2 times more traffic. If they do a review of an Apple product and they say its a great product when its not, it will get traffic from Apple fans agreeing with them and Android fans bashing the site. Either way traffic for the site.

75. darkkjedii

Posts: 31761; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One day they'll understand, that these sites are businesses.

84. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Don't forget if they speak ill-will of Apple, no invites to Apple events and no early access to devices for review.

29. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

and they don't want to admit the fact that the iphone had the worse camera. and talking about lg and samsung trying to catch-up with iphone. WHAT???

31. gaming64 unregistered

Not as worse as HTC's.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

i seen the video yesterday first pic without know i was like thats iphone cant believe they still have jobs saying bad things about ip cant wait to see what gs7 has for me 2 lens for 3d vr movies maybe

24. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

No one beats the other. I watched the video, and they said that all of them have pros and cons in different situations.. Why lying???

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