iPhone 6(S)(+) Is it crazy to get the iPhone 8?

davidwes

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I currently own a iPhone 6. I'm very happy with it, but I've recently had a child and I really want to improve the picture quality.

The iPhone 6 has a 8MP camera, and the iPhone 8 has 12MP so I feel that's a really good bump up and at 599, seems like it might be the right choice.

Is $400 to go to iPhone X(s) worth it to get the dual lens though? I've looked at pictures online and it doesn't seem that much better. $400 is a lot of money to me right now, and I know people say its only $16 more per month - but it is something when your buying diapers, etc.

Or should I consider the iPhone X(r) which doesn't have the dual camera, but maybe it is $149 better than the iPhone 8's camera?

I'm also considering switching to a Pixel, since the camera is really my main concern and I've already switched to relying mostly on google photos. (and just last month switched to google wifi from my airport express)
 

Macalicious2011

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If you value beautifully capturing photos and videos of your child's life then I wouldn't look at the iPhone 8 or X. Both have outdated cameras.

Either get a iPhone Xr, Pixel 2 or Pixel 3. If money is a factor then buy used. 90% of photos on my P2XL is of my child and ability to photos without worrying about white balance, color temperature, blur or incorrect focus is priceless.
 

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I currently own a iPhone 6. I'm very happy with it, but I've recently had a child and I really want to improve the picture quality.

The iPhone 6 has a 8MP camera, and the iPhone 8 has 12MP so I feel that's a really good bump up and at 599, seems like it might be the right choice.

Is $400 to go to iPhone X(s) worth it to get the dual lens though? I've looked at pictures online and it doesn't seem that much better. $400 is a lot of money to me right now, and I know people say its only $16 more per month - but it is something when your buying diapers, etc.

Or should I consider the iPhone X(r) which doesn't have the dual camera, but maybe it is $149 better than the iPhone 8's camera?

I'm also considering switching to a Pixel, since the camera is really my main concern and I've already switched to relying mostly on google photos. (and just last month switched to google wifi from my airport express)
Take a Pixel or a Galaxy s9 / Note 9, I think not only do they have similar/better cameras than iPhone X but are much better phones overall
 

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I’m considering upgrading my 6S+ for the same reason. My husband’s Pixel 2 takes gorgeous photos of our kids compared to mine.

I’m considering the XR over the 8+ because I think it will perform better in low light - even the Pixel 2 outperforms the 8+ in low light. Plus it will have portrait mode and smart HDR, all of which the Pixel 2 manages just fine with a single camera. I am too much of an Apple fan with all the seamless integrations between my watch, phone, and computer, or else I would just go Android.
 

davidwes

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I’m considering upgrading my 6S+ for the same reason. My husband’s Pixel 2 takes gorgeous photos of our kids compared to mine.

I’m considering the XR over the 8+ because I think it will perform better in low light - even the Pixel 2 outperforms the 8+ in low light. Plus it will have portrait mode and smart HDR, all of which the Pixel 2 manages just fine with a single camera. I am too much of an Apple fan with all the seamless integrations between my watch, phone, and computer, or else I would just go Android.
That's what I'm worried about too - although I don't have a watch. Its just I'm used to it, use carplay a lot, have purchased apps, etc. So I'm very nervous to switch to Pixel even though everyone says its better.
 

Macalicious2011

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I’m considering upgrading my 6S+ for the same reason. My husband’s Pixel 2 takes gorgeous photos of our kids compared to mine.

I’m considering the XR over the 8+ because I think it will perform better in low light - even the Pixel 2 outperforms the 8+ in low light. Plus it will have portrait mode and smart HDR, all of which the Pixel 2 manages just fine with a single camera. I am too much of an Apple fan with all the seamless integrations between my watch, phone, and computer, or else I would just go Android.
My GF got jealous when I bought the P2XL this spring. She fancied an iPhone X last year. I insisted that it's an overpriced first generation device she should avoid and that in 2018 there would be cheaper and better versions of it.

The Xr is the perfect phone for her and it's available in coral which is her favourite colour. I'll be buying one for her early in January.
 

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If you value beautifully capturing photos and videos of your child's life then I wouldn't look at the iPhone 8 or X. Both have outdated cameras.

Either get a iPhone Xr, Pixel 2 or Pixel 3. If money is a factor then buy used. 90% of photos on my P2XL is of my child and ability to photos without worrying about white balance, color temperature, blur or incorrect focus is priceless.
The cameras on any iPhone from the past 3 years is perfectly good enough for taking decent quality snap shots. If anybody is overly obsessed with image quality then they wouldn’t be using a phone camera in the first place. I really don’t know how you can say the camera on an 8 or X is outdated? Was that a joke?
 

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It’s a good upgrade from a 6. The A11 is still a blazing fast processor, and it’s obviously less expensive than this year’s phones. If you don’t need to have the latest and greatest, buying one isn’t crazy at all.
 
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SteveOfTheStow

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If you value beautifully capturing photos and videos of your child's life then I wouldn't look at the iPhone 8 or X. Both have outdated cameras.
Bullcr*ap. Isn't it the same rear sensor on the 8 and the XR? The XR has some extra software that helps it take portraits better, and we'll need to wait for reviews to see how much of a difference that makes if you do a lot of portraits. But the 8 will still be a huge leap for someone who's used to a 6.
 
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gurase

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Bullcr*ap. Isn't it the same rear sensor on the 8 and the XR? The XR has some extra software that helps it take portraits better, and we'll need to wait for reviews to see how much of a difference that makes if you do a lot of portraits. But the 8 will still be a huge leap for someone who's used to a 6.
I think the sensor on the XR has larger pixels than the 8 for better low light performance.
 
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Macalicious2011

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The cameras on any iPhone from the past 3 years is perfectly good enough for taking decent quality snap shots. If anybody is overly obsessed with image quality then they wouldn’t be using a phone camera in the first place. I really don’t know how you can say the camera on an 8 or X is outdated? Was that a joke?
Yes the X takes decent photos but it's improvement over an iPhone 7 is only incremental. The new iPhones go beyond "slightly" better and just like the Pixel 2 will be able to shot photos that almost always look perfect.

Machine learning based white balance, temperature, exposure, colour saturation post processing is something the vast majority of DSLRs are incapable of.

Furthermore consumers are growingly less interested in shooting in RAW, moving photos to a laptop to edit and then sending back to the phone for sharing on instagram, whatsapp or iMessage.
 

joeblow7777

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If you value beautifully capturing photos and videos of your child's life then I wouldn't look at the iPhone 8 or X. Both have outdated cameras.
That’s hyperbole.

But if the OP is really that concerned he/she should invest in an actual camera, as high end ones can still trump any phone camera. But to call the cameras in last year’s phones outdated is a bit ridiculous. By that logic, the cameras in this year’s phones will be “outdated” next year too, so I guess the OP will have to buy a new phone for every year of their child’s life to properly capture it.
 

davidwes

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That’s hyperbole.

But if the OP is really that concerned he/she should invest in an actual camera, as high end ones can still trump any phone camera. But to call the cameras in last year’s phones outdated is a bit ridiculous. By that logic, the cameras in this year’s phones will be “outdated” next year too, so I guess the OP will have to buy a new phone for every year of their child’s life to properly capture it.
The reason I'm not considering an actual camera:

Just taking a picture of my daughter sleeping on my chest while I'm checking emails
Taking a picture at her nursery when something funny is happening
Loving a particular outift at the changing table and being able to just snap a photo

None of those things would happen if I needed to go grab a camera.
 

SteveOfTheStow

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The reason I'm not considering an actual camera:

Just taking a picture of my daughter sleeping on my chest while I'm checking emails
Taking a picture at her nursery when something funny is happening
Loving a particular outift at the changing table and being able to just snap a photo

None of those things would happen if I needed to go grab a camera.
"The best camera is the one you have with you" !
 
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joeblow7777

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The reason I'm not considering an actual camera:

Just taking a picture of my daughter sleeping on my chest while I'm checking emails
Taking a picture at her nursery when something funny is happening
Loving a particular outift at the changing table and being able to just snap a photo

None of those things would happen if I needed to go grab a camera.
Fair enough, but I don’t think that the newer phones will offer a substantial difference over the 8 in most situations.
 
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The reason I'm not considering an actual camera:

Just taking a picture of my daughter sleeping on my chest while I'm checking emails
Taking a picture at her nursery when something funny is happening
Loving a particular outift at the changing table and being able to just snap a photo

None of those things would happen if I needed to go grab a camera.
You need to go grab some device either way. I have a dedicated camera for family pics, my Fuji E-E3. Its jpegs straight out of camera are wonderful. Sure it takes a bit of time to master the tool but the results are much better.

My iPhone is great for convenience but to get substantially better image quality my advice is to not look at data mining companies like Google but to go and get a dedicated device from a camera manufacturer.
 

The-Real-Deal82

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The reason I'm not considering an actual camera:

Just taking a picture of my daughter sleeping on my chest while I'm checking emails
Taking a picture at her nursery when something funny is happening
Loving a particular outift at the changing table and being able to just snap a photo

None of those things would happen if I needed to go grab a camera.
You won’t go wrong with an iPhone 8 then. It’s not suddenly a sub par camera because the new iPhone is unveiled like some people may portray.
 

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Still a great phone and the very last of the classic iPhone design, you can't go wrong with it and Apple will likely support it up to another 5 or so years at minimum.

The leap to 6 to 8 bigger than the one you'd get 8 to XS, plus it is going to be considerably cheaper for you as an option.
 

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I got an iPhone 8 Plus a couple months ago and love it. The picture quality is incredible, especially compared to my 6s. I’m sure the latest generation of iPhones may have a slightly better camera, but their presence on the market doesn’t automatically make the 8 pictures look bad. I take a lot of pictures and will be holding onto this for at least three years.
 
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If you're unwilling to stump up $999 for the least expensive XS, then the iP8 is the best 'compact' model available.

Don't know about US contract pricing, but here in the UK it's a mess right now. A 64GB iP8 is cheaper over the course of a two year contract than a 128GB iP7 (unless you want gold or rose gold, which they can't give away), and very marginally (like... less than 5%) more expensive than a 128GB iP6S.

On the assumption that you can live with the 64GB storage, the iP8 at $599 is very keenly priced. If you're open to the idea of a fablet then the XR (which is slightly smaller than the Plus models) definitely comes into play, but you really need to wait a month or two for detailed camera output comparisons.

I think I'm waiting for the truly compact 2019 iPhone SE2 / SEX / whatever.
 

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Take a Pixel or a Galaxy s9 / Note 9, I think not only do they have similar/better cameras than iPhone X but are much better phones overall
Your suggestion didn’t age well.

Hey op what did you decide to get in the end?
 

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Your suggestion didn’t age well.

Hey op what did you decide to get in the end?
I have both iPhone X and Galaxy s10 plus, I need them both for work :D if I had to choose one it would be the Galaxy, I think it’s a batter phone overall
 
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I have both iPhone X and Galaxy s10 plus, I need them both for work :D if I had to choose one it would be the Galaxy, I think it’s a batter phone overall
Cool story.
Pixel, s9, note 9 were all sale flops.
S10 not doing any better.

Sales don’t matter right....enjoy your phone.
 
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