Another September is here which means another Apple flagship iPhone is out! As with all Apple launches there is plenty of Hype and some features that many photographers won’t care about (rose gold phones and “live photos” for example). However with the new 6S there are some pretty big improvements to the main camera that Apple included with this years upgrade. I’ve only had the iPhone 6S for less than 24 hours so here is a quick comparison of images from the 6S Plus and the prior model the 6 Plus. I’ll post some more thoughts later on once I’ve had more time with the phone.

Also here is a quick run down of the specs on the camera for the iPhone 6S Plus.

12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
Optical image stabilization (iPhone 6s Plus only)
True Tone flash
Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
Auto HDR for photos
ƒ/2.2 aperture
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter
Backside illumination sensor
Sapphire crystal lens cover
Auto image stabilization

The front side camera also got a big boost to a 5 Megapixel sensor and the video recording is pretty impressive to capture 4K video (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps

Here are a few real world examples of the iPhone 6S Plus camera and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Here is the iPhone 6

iPhone 6 vs 6s shootout

and the 6S

Click on any of the images to see them full size (these are right off the iPhone with no editing). Here you can see the iPhone 6S has a more pop to the green leaves, they really stand out against the background and the flower also stands out compared to the normal iPhone 6. The scene was mid day under an umbrella so very well lit.

Here is another pretty well lit indoor photo starting with the iPhone 6

iPhone 6 vs 6s shootout

and the 6S

iPhone 6S photo test

Here again you can see the tonal range is deeper and the colors pop much more in the scene. You can also really see the detail fall apart in the iPhone 6 once you zoom in. Here is a detail shot comparing the two.


Next I turned the camera around and used the window to backlight a photo to see how they both fared in a much more difficult lighting situation. Here the iPhone 6S (2nd image) really gave a much better image. Not only with the white balance but also the exposure was focused on the subject instead of averaging out the scene and underexposing for the subject.

iPhone 6 vs 6s shootout


And finally lets take good old R2D2 to a dimly lit hallway and see how the iPhone 6S stacks up with low light. Again the first shot is the iPhone6 Plus and the second the 6S Plus. You can see without even having to look at a closeup that the 6 is very grainy and with the 6S you are starting to get more detail in this low light situation.


iPhone 6 vs 6s shootout

That’s just a very quick test, I still have to take these out to shoot some landscape images and will report back the results soon!

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