Worth Upgrading from 6S ->7 for Camera Alone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by solo118, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    Hey All,

    First and foremost, my iphone 6S which I had since launch day is functioning flawlessly (even with running a jailbreak) I am happy with the camera, but I keep seeing amazing photos posted by iphone 7 owners.

    I did not see the need to rush into an iPhone 7 this year, but now I am going on vacation where I take most of my photos and curious if it is worth the jump for the camera alone. Other than the camera, I do not see any other reason for upgrading other than the sinister looking matte black color.

    After all is said and done, is it worth upgrading for the camera alone? I like to take underwater shots too, so I would still need to invest in a proper waterproof case as well.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    Are you looking to upgrade to the 4.7" 7 or the 7+? If the 7+, then I could certainly see you making a case to upgrade, especially with portrait mode. However, if you're just talking about the regular 7, I did not think the camera was that much different from my 6s.
  3. solo118 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    Sticking with the 4.7" model. I do see notable improvements such as image stabilization, and better low light photos.

    I am curious if the real life users have seen any significant improvements in photo quality. If not I am sticking with the 6S until it croaks (or an iphone 8 drops!)
  4. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    During the short period I owned my 7, I really didn't see a huge difference in my images, especially coming from the 6s. The image stabilization will help in low light situations, but I generally don't use my phone to take photos at night or when the light is generally poor.

    Ultimately, I went back to the 6s and couldn't be happier. Again, that's just my opinion. But it does seem like you're still pretty happy with your 6s.
  5. iKnowMr.Jobs macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2010
    I'd say it's best to hold onto your cash at this point. The camera on the 7 minus is only marginally better than the camera in the 6S. While the 7 Plus is a pretty neat camera for whats essentially a phone, it can't compare to any DSLR made in this decade. The only reason I mention that is because people comping the two when its simply pointless.

    I'd say hold on to your cash for the 7s.
  6. janeauburn macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2015
    Amazing photos are created by amazing photographers. Has very little to do with the camera. Study photography. Start with the "rule of thirds." Move on to lighting. Progress from there.

    Save your money. The 7 would be a waste of it.
  7. solo118 thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    Thank you all for saving me some cash. Keeping my 6S, and holding out for an all new model (hopefully an 8 this year!)
  8. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I'd definitely upgrade there are some nice improvements that are worth having.
  9. yellowscreen macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
    Can you name some? I'm also contemplating upgrading to 7 from 6s. Is it any faster?
  10. nordique, Jan 9, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017

    nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014

    I have a 6s and a 7

    It isn't worth the upgrade to begin with, let alone just for the camera

    The iPhone 7 is worth it if you have an iPhone 6 or older.
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    Nope. Not unless you plan on using your iPhone to cut and edit 4K videos in iMovie or do a few GarageBand compositions dozens of times a day. The 7 and 6s are more or less identical in speed.

    I've been surprised to see the 6s process some animations faster and smoother than the 7 even after multiple firmware updates and now on iOS 10.2

    The iPhone 7 does register the home button presses quicker due to it being registered faster vs a mechanical input. About a tenth of a second faster.

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    Yeah honestly you'd buying a phone that is 95% the exact same functionally speaking in every day use. For much more than 95% the difference in $$$. It's not worth it.

    Don't be swayed by Apple's masterful advertising.
  11. Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    If you are routinely buying iPhones and are sensitive about price-performance ratios, you are FAR better off staying on the "S" generation product cycle.

    The new model offers a new industrial design, usually a new screen, and some other tempting feature. The "S" models usually feature vastly enhanced internal components. This became quite obvious with the iPhone 4S whose camera module blew doors on the iPhone 4's hardware.

    More evidence? Apple introduced the dual-core A5 with the iPhone 4S (the iPhone 4 had a single core CPU) and 64-bit architecture with the A7 on the iPhone 5s. The guts of the "S" generation devices are far superior.

    Another benefit of sticking with the "S" generation is a large, mature marketplace of third-party accessories, cases, etc.

    If you care about internal and/or camera improvements, it would make sense to wait for the "7s" release. I started buying iPhones with the 4S model, I care about the camera. In one fell swoop, when I bought my iPhone 4S replaced an iPod touch, a GSM dumb phone, and a digital point-and-shoot camera. I considered the iPhone 4S to be the first model that was capable of delivering adequate results that the other three devices had previously covered.
  12. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    Very accurate and well put.
  13. macher, Jan 10, 2017
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017

    macher macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2012
    How about from a 6 to a 7? Or should I hold out for the 7S or 8?
  14. nburwell macrumors 68040


    May 6, 2008
    I'd be much more inclined to upgrade from the 6 to 7 since you're getting a better camera, more RAM, and just overall better internals.
  15. ssrij Suspended

    Dec 16, 2016
    United Kingdom
    You should wait for 8, it's camera will likely be improved further and its rumoured to have the same dual camera setup as the Plus model.
  16. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

    Jun 24, 2010
    Problem is the 7 is actually the 6SS
  17. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Went form 6 to 7 Plus. Dont really see much of a difference but i am not a professional

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