iPhone 6 Camera worse than previous models?

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  1. BuffordT, Oct 6, 2014
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    BuffordT macrumors regular

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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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  2. sviato macrumors 68020

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    The left one looks better, which is that? might want to label these
     
  3. Gincoma macrumors 6502

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    How so its duller in color?
     
  4. pish6969 macrumors regular

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    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
     
  5. BuffordT thread starter macrumors regular

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

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    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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    size isn't everything.
     
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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.
     
  9. sviato macrumors 68020

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    It looks too saturated for me(the right)
     
  10. BuffordT thread starter macrumors regular

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    1.7 is 50% larger than 1.1. I reworded the OP.
     
  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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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
     
  12. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Why was metadata scrubbed from the files? Might help to figure out what's going on.
     
  13. appleii.c macrumors 6502

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    Elementary, my dear Watson... Excellent work.
     
  14. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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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)
     
  15. tgi macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  16. teknikal90 macrumors 68030

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    not really no... i first noticed this when i was out hiking and shooting in super bright daylight...still no luck...
     
  17. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502

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    It's making everything appear 'smudgy'.
     
  18. BuffordT thread starter macrumors regular

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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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  19. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. There's no way to know for sure unless all variables are held constant. Looks like the image out of the 6 is just underexposed.
     
  20. studio¹³¹ macrumors 6502

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    On the left, native photo you can definitely see the smudgy edges in the area of the top of the green highlighter. It's much better / less noticeable in your Cortex shot.
     
  21. appleii.c macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  22. BuffordT thread starter macrumors regular

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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.
     

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  23. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    The camera on my 6+ is incredible. It's worlds better than what was on my 5.
     
  24. BuffordT thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would say it could be as the 3rd party apps don't compress the image as much. Hopefully Apple will address this.
     
  25. appleii.c macrumors 6502

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    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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