Camera Lab Test Scores iPhone 6s on Same Level as iPhone 6

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In a new review for the iPhone 6s, DxOMark concluded that the camera on the 2015 iPhone line deserved a score of 82, equal to that of the score it gave for the iPhone 6 one year ago. The website measured seven factors (exposure and contrast, color, autofocus, texture, noise, artifacts, and flash) to determine an overall score for the camera on the iPhone 6s, giving the lowest marks to texture and noise (via CNET).

    A score of 82 is the same as the iPhone 6 in 2014, but also behind the 87 given to the Sony Xperia Z5 and the 86-scoring Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Apple's rivals also won in a series of similar video tests, scoring between four and six points higher than the 80 awarded to the iPhone 6s.

    DxOMark's closing statement regarding the new iPhone line is a bit similar to the overall consensus found elsewhere online regarding the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The French optics and image processing firm described the smartphone as a "good balance of performance and top-notch user experience," but not an entirely compelling upgrade from an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, especially when considering solely the camera and video tests conducted by the firm.

    Article Link: Camera Lab Test Scores iPhone 6s on Same Level as iPhone 6
  2. ZacNicholson macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    I have the 6s + and i can tell the camera is better
  3. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    I knew it, they just half-assesly bumped up the pixel count on the same sensor size.
  4. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Hmmmm well I have the 6/6 and 6s/6s Plus and can say categorically that the camera is infinitely better in the newer iPhones. The new iPhone cameras are pretty much certainly the best available in any smartphone anywhere.
  5. jrcsh6 macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    I'm happy just to have why megapixel bump along simply to be able to crop and blow up in print. Having the image unchanged is perfectly fine with me. The 6 was already great.
  6. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2014
    Well even with this I'm still quite happy with my purchase. Pictures still look great!
  7. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    Very satisfied with the camera in the 6S Plus. Pretty big jump up from the 5S I was using prior to it, and actually a bit better than the 6 my mrs has. Being able to crop more, as well as get better results when downsizing is a plus.
  8. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Data analytics is one thing, but real-world use is entirely different, especially when you're creating something as subjective as a photograph.

    I didn't have the 6, but coming from a 5s, the 6s' photos are incredible. My wife and I have a photography background and, for day to day use, have very much put away are DSLRs in favour of our new iPhone cameras. If you're not printing the photos but just posting them on social media, the iPhone 6s camera is really something. I have to keep asking my wife if she took her latest photo with her iPhone or DSLR.
  9. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    If that's all they had done, the score would have been much lower for the 6S.
  10. sesnir macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2008
    The 6s Plus is being tested separately. That should have a higher score, one would think.
  11. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    If the pixel count is higher, but the noise, artifacts, color, etc. are no worse, than that is a great improvement. Typically, higher pixel count means more noise, more artifacts, worse color, etc. The fact they got higher pixels without sacrificing the other attributes is great.

    This means the picture is just as good as before, except you can crop it more without worrying about loosing detail, or you can zoom further in after taking the photo than you could before.
  12. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    purple is pretty much certainly the best available color out of any color anywhere.
  13. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    I work as a photographer, and to a certain extent I agree with you. Handled correctly the 6S (Plus in my case) is capable of producing great shots. However, it's not replacing my full-frame dSLR anytime soon, for lots of reasons. But it is truly impressive how far they've come from the ****** cameras they had in the first 2-3 iterations of the iPhone. One area where they still lag helplessly behind however, is bokeh, or lack thereof, which is simply not possible with a single sensor as small as this one. At least not yet, you should never say never after all.

    But all in all, a truly impressive camera. Another thing I like is how well it handles colour reproduction, it is quite impressive indeed.
  14. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    cuz both use the same despicable noise reduction algo
  15. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    If the image quality is just as good and has 50% more pixels, that's great.
  16. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    This. People don't seem to understand that it's quite a feat. Especially considering it has the same sized sensor.
  17. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    To be brutally honest, while the iPhone is still in the top tier of cameras, it has fallen a bit behind in terms of performance. I feel that this is purely due to the size Apple allocates to the component. They are held back by having to make the lens fit the thin body. I really hope Apple allows for a much thicker lens in the iPhone 7. I'd trade a bulge for a significantly improved camera.
  18. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    As would I. However I think we might be a minority in this case, considering a lot of people whined about the increase in weight with the 6S.
  19. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    Let me jump on this bandwagon. I had the 6, which now is being used by my wife. To e naked eye or the normal user, it should be apparent that the 6s pictures look better. I was not expecting much of a difference, but clearly see and was surprised by the improvement. The live picture, however, was turned off after the first day.
  20. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    At least it's not worse than last year and 4K recording is a big bonus .

    I can't see the huge difference others are claiming , though video is a big winner for me.
  21. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    +1 on the live pictures . Gimmicky feature at best , annoying at worst.
  22. shanson27 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2011
  23. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I took a different approach. I upgraded to the 6s AND bought a Nikon dslr. After all the analysis, there is no way that a phone camera can duplicate the quality of the dslr. The 6s, for me takes a better picture than I expected, but for important shots I will always pull out the real deal.
  24. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    Yup I'd agree with that. I only put on live when I see a purpose for it, which is pretty seldom, but it does happen. I wish they'd at least include an option to raise the frame rate a bit. But for most pictures I take it's pretty pointless, that being said, I'd rather have the option than not.
  25. groovyd Suspended


    Jun 24, 2013
    interesting how they say categorically the 6s beats the 6 but their plot shows them as equals.

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