The iPhone 6s to have a 12 MP camera indeed, tips IHS CEO, but the pixels will be much smaller

Apple's 8 MP cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus might fool you for a second that they are not up to par with the best other phones can offer, as Android flagships now ship with 16 MP, or even 20 MP cameras. Resolution is only a small part of it, though, as every photographer will tell you, and as our camera comparisons have continuously shown. The iPhones' cameras have consistently scored at the top of our rankings, especially when it comes to low-light shots.

Still, Apple is allegedly willing to enter the world of double-digit camera resolutions, as we've heard already numerous times, and today Kevin Wong, the CEO of IHS China, confirmed this again, shedding some more light on the matter. The research firm head reiterates that Apple will indeed be using 12 MP cameras for the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but there's a fly in that honey. The sensor of these camera modules will apparently come with smaller pixels than the current generously-sized 1.5 micron pieces that are in the 8 MP units. 

Of course, given how thin the iPhone 6 is, it is only plausible that Apple will have to use a similar sensor footprint, upping the resolution by slimming down the pixel size instead, and increasing their count. Smaller pixels means less light soaked in by each individual unit in theory, but there are many other moving parts at play here, so we can't wait to see what this new, higher-res camera of the upcoming iPhone will be capable of. It turns out that that ancient rumor for a 10 MP+ camera with F/1.8 aperture lens on the next iPhone might have legs, after all - it just envisioned this year's edition.

source: Kevin Wang (Weibo) via G4Games

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38 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

But test also show that you can have the best low light camera with higher resolution with the S6 and G4. So higher resolution isn't everything, but it is still a big part of the equation.

7. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Take a higher resolution say a 16 mpx sample from S6 and then downsample it to 8mpx and it will (even if it still does in 16mpx state) OUTCLASS iPhones 6's (not 6s lulz) 8mpx native samples :)

23. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Yes. what you said is definitely applied to those over-enthusiast android phones. Z1 to Z3 with proudly 20mp still an epic fail comparing to 8mp of the iPhone 5s ;)

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Sadly this once again proves the iFan mentality. Which is to deny something until it is in an iProduct, then it's the best thing since sliced bread. iFans will be iFans though, hypocrisy is a feature.

28. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah but only the Sony z phone will fall behind iPhone 5s Samsung s5 and Lumia 1020 and LG g3 are above even when down sampled to 8mp check the gsmarena camera comparison.

34. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I like Android personally but Iphone 6 gets excellent results from their 8 megapixel Camera. IF they went to 16 megapixels with the larger pixel size they could take the lead again....but this would require a larger Sensor and they probably don't have the space. The best phone Cameras are larger Sensors...

32. waddup121 unregistered

Whatever they say!

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sensor is small! So it will be crap anyway! And sorry to say but still Pureview phones are better in taking pictures!

8. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

when was iphones camera crap :/ its always adequate with each models that came up. dont talk like you knw everything. apple im sure wont put a bad camera to lose their customers. ps: some pureview cameras takes ages to start up.

29. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

But if you compare it to Pureview phones the iphone camera sucks! Slow start was in the past! You obviously did not used a Pureview phone!

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Jamoga is right apple wouldn't down grade their camera you can be certain the 6s will take better pics than the 6 in all conditions.

35. robertkoa

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Agreed . Will be an upgrade for sure...we won't know how much until reviews and Tests by Camera Pros...like DXO Mark.

18. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

One androider @ss spot! Haha. iPhone camera is crap that's why 75millions of them sold like hotcakes. Troll harder, kido! ;)

20. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

and iphone sold 75million units purely for camera?

22. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Great experience, well prepared apps, regular update. .... Sorry Androider, you can't get the features above ;)

25. gaming64 unregistered

For once i agree with your arseholeness. Android will never have greatly optimized apps and regular updates.

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

im here hoping the next camera will be a dual-sensor one. they already bought that Israeli company that makes cameras with multiple sensors

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

12mp hahaha it's gonna knock gs7 and htc m10 out.lol

11. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Right. Just like the 8mp one did with the Note 4, S6 and... Wait, what?

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Are you really comparing a phone that came out in September 2014 to a phone that came out in April 2015? Of course you can compare but at least use your tiny brain and understand that there is a possibility that a flagship that came out 7-8 months after will have probably a better camera. Also does not mean iphone 6 suddenly had bad one, On contrary after S6 its the best one from the tests I have seen. Not bad for a 8 months old tech.

16. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

But when the 6s comes out you will be comparing it to a 6 month old S6....but a even comparison will be the 6s and Note 5...and we all know the Note 4 was better than either iphones from blind comparisons

21. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

The Note 4 was released at the time of the iPhone 6 (plus) and was already better.

24. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

It's not significantly better for 8mp vs 16mp. Apple did a great job already. the 6s with 12mp will surely destroy the S6 ;)

26. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Thats what I was saying

5. Simona unregistered

Please no more protruding cameras..

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Smaller pixels? Man Apple really does like ripping people off. The unfortunate thing is that the reviews are going to say the camera is great even though the small pixels will make it noisy and crap in low light. Some magic software that defies physics will somehow make the ifans say it's the best camera in the reviews. Sigh.

13. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Since when did an iphone come out with crappy camera(always compared to the best like samsung etc)? Whenever an iphone comes out its camera image qualitu surprases anything on the market, same did iphone 6 to S5. Same will do 6S to galaxy S6. Also this are speculations, also this is just specs, also specs mean s**t when we all know apple does the best job in optimizing a camera. They had an 8mp camera that kicked ass any 16, 20mp camera when it came out. Stop being a blind sheep and open your mind and learn something.

14. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

The Galaxy S6 has OIS now. Different animal. Lets see if the Baby Iphone 6s will have that feature.

17. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Spot on cooper! everything you said is a fact, needless to say. with the sale figures of iphone, units sold, profit made, idont think apple will let 6s slip to any bit to chance. like you said each model is better than previous, same will be in this case. It jsut some people think they knw better.

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I highly doubt that it will beat the GS6 camera. The iPhone 6 camera was nothing to write home about since it basically loses every phone arena blind tests. It's sheep like you and the ireviews that spin the iPhone camera and display into the super power that it pretends to be. It's not.

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