iPhone 6 Camera worse than previous models?

BuffordT

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Here are two pictures. One one the left is taken with my 6, the one on the right is taken with my iPhone 5. The 6 appears duller and the file size is 1.1mb. The picture taken with the 5 has more vivid colors and is 1.7mb. Any reason the 5 picture file size is 50% larger than the 6?
 

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pish6969

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The left one looks better, which is that? might want to label these

As an untrained proffesional, they both look the same to me. The one on the right seems slightly brighter, but besides that what am I looking for?

..the voice of reason
 

BuffordT

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It's more dull and it's half the file size. Is this from a much more aggressive jpg compression?
 

Zxxv

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How so its duller in color?
The colours look separate in the left picture. One on the right they appear too similar almost blending into one another when of the same shade/colour. Especially noticeable on the pinks

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It's more dull and it's half the file size. Is this from a much more aggressive jpg compression?
size isn't everything.
 

GoCubsGo

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It's more dull and it's half the file size. Is this from a much more aggressive jpg compression?
1.1 MB is not one half of 1.7 MB. Looks like the color was boosted in the pic on the right. I prefer the left. Also, your angle is slightly different between the two. To perform a true test you need controlled lighting and exact angles.
 

BuffordT

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1.1 MB is not one half of 1.7 MB. Looks like the color was boosted in the pic on the right. I prefer the left. Also, your angle is slightly different between the two. To perform a true test you need controlled lighting and exact angles.
1.7 is 50% larger than 1.1. I reworded the OP.
 

heisenberg123

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I know with the 6 you have more manualy adjustments you can make to the photo before taking it and after with the edit features

I know it would be easier for most of us if it was more automatic but its obvious the 6 has an amazing camera when you see examples by photographers that know what they are doing
 

mikeo007

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Why was metadata scrubbed from the files? Might help to figure out what's going on.
 

teknikal90

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yes, the new iphone seems to have pretty extensive image processing going on. i noticed this too.
noise reduction is upped and some smart colour gradient/tone mapping is applied more liberally than the 5/5S
looks good on portraits, not good on landscape (what I shoot most)
 

tgi

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yes, the new iphone seems to have pretty extensive image processing going on. i noticed this too.
noise reduction is upped and some smart colour gradient/tone mapping is applied more liberally than the 5/5S
looks good on portraits, not good on landscape (what I shoot most)
I'm in a similar boat with my 6 Plus. Have you found any workarounds or methods of shooting to help with the heavy NR?
 

teknikal90

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I'm in a similar boat with my 6 Plus. Have you found any workarounds or methods of shooting to help with the heavy NR?
not really no... i first noticed this when i was out hiking and shooting in super bright daylight...still no luck...
 

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yes, the new iphone seems to have pretty extensive image processing going on. i noticed this too.
noise reduction is upped and some smart colour gradient/tone mapping is applied more liberally than the 5/5S
looks good on portraits, not good on landscape (what I shoot most)
It's making everything appear 'smudgy'.
 

BuffordT

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Here are two pics taken with the 6. One with native app, the other with Cortex Cam. Cortex appears to compress the image less.

Left is native, right is Cortex.

Native is 1.46mb Cortex is 2.7mb.
 

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Here are two pics taken with the 6. One with native app, the other with Cortex Cam. Cortex appears to compress the image less.

Left is native, right is Cortex.

Native is 1.46mb Cortex is 2.7mb.
So could be the app itself, not necessarily the camera. Has Apple been known for tweaking the camera app in iOS releases? Maybe they will improve it as releases come out.
 

BuffordT

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So could be the app itself, not necessarily the camera. Has Apple been known for tweaking the camera app in iOS releases? Maybe they will improve it as releases come out.
I would say it could be as the 3rd party apps don't compress the image as much. Hopefully Apple will address this.
 

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Here is a crop. You can see where the compression degrades the image on the native app.

Left native, right Cortex.
Wow! That's a pretty big difference. Quick question, how are you pulling the images off? Are you using iPhoto? grabbing them directly from the phone (file system). I wonder why the big difference.
 
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