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iPhone 6s camera compared to every previous generation iPhone (Gallery)


There has been a lot of opinions floating around about the new iPhone 6s camera, its upgraded 12 megapixel sensor, 4K video capability, and the other software side improvements with iOS 9. Our own photographer Ben Lovejoy put the device to the test in his ongoing diary series. But this latest photo gallery from the people behind the Camera+ app gives us a look at how the camera has improved not just over last generation, but also over all other previous generations of iPhones in a side by side comparison.

For the comparison, Camera+ took various images— macro, backlit, daylight, portrait, low-light, etc— to show off what it described as an “increase in the speed of auto focus and improvements to colour accuracy, details and sharpness, especially in low light,” with the new iPhone 6s. 

The photo above is a macro comparison, while below you see examples for another macro shot, a backlit outdoor shot, and a portrait:

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Leading up to the iPhone’s launch late last week, we saw several photo galleries promoted by Apple including photos from the runways at New York Fashion Week via Vogue,  shots from a recent MLB game published by Sports Illustrated, and most recently images in National Geographic from a photo shoot in China. We also got a look at a documentary from Ryot shot entirely in 4K on the new iPhone 6s Plus.

Check out more images on Camera+’s website where you can also view the full size photos in an interactive gallery for each comparison.

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  1. Small difference between iPhone 6 and 6s to be honnest :)

    • leifashley - 7 years ago

      I have to from moving out of my 6 to my 6s Plus, it’s rather small. It seems better, but not mindblowingly better.

  2. applegetridofsimandjack - 7 years ago

    The first and second photo look edited. The camera on iPhone and iPhone 3G were terrible but this is simply worse quality than what I see with my eyes closed.

    • Crescenzo Di Ponio - 7 years ago

      Lack of Auto focus on those cameras should explain that.. it’s a macro shot and you cannot change focus on those phones.

  3. firuqutharuphwafozurtbud - 7 years ago

    anything other than first two is fine.
    then depends on responsiveness.
    ease of use.
    then put frills on top of that.

  4. jfjoyner3 - 7 years ago

    No, no, no. The rear camera on my brand new iPhone 6s is fuzzy and will not focus fully. Apple has NOT totally improved the iPhone camera.

    Here we go again! I have an appointment at the Genius bar in 5 days to replace the camera or the entire phone.

    • fistsoffrost123 - 7 years ago

      So you have a malfunctioning unit and you say that the camera on millions of new phones aren’t better? LOL.

  5. cdm283813 - 7 years ago

    There is only one picture that I give the 6S the edge out of all of them. To my untrained eye I would have picked last years 6.

    How about do a blind test between just the 6 and 6S? That would be a fun test for the readers.

  6. If these shots are real, the evolution of iPhones’s camera is worst than I expected in 8 years.


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