The camera of the iPhone 6 (Plus) offers with 8 megapixels the same resolution as the iPhone 5s. At first sight, this may seem a little slippery, because a Nokia Lumina 930 even comes with a 20-megapixel camera and the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S5 offers with 16 MP twice as high resolution as the iPhone 6 camera. But this is true only on paper: In practice, the actual resolution is minimized by experience. The reason is the tiny optics that can not provide the image information to the picture sensor. This is only consistent with Apple ‘s failure to participate in the megapixel race.
Image sensor and optics of the iPhone 6
More important for image quality are other criteria. And here Apple has improved the iPhone 6 a lot. Thus, the rear image sensor is completely new. It now has so-called Focus Pixels, which are designed to enable faster and more accurate focusing. Also, the iPhone 6 Plus now uses an optical image stabilizer that mechanically compensates for camera shake. This is especially noticeable during longer exposure times, for example when shooting in the evening or rooms.
However, already some smartphones – for instance from LG and HTC – already use an optical image stabilizer, here Apple is not a pioneer. Also, the smaller iPhone 6 must continue to do without an optical image stabilizer. The iSight lens (rear camera) offers a maximum aperture of f 2.2, the same value as the iPhone 5s. This allows recording in low light. According to the Apple, the front facetime HD camera due to a likewise new sensor and a new lens from now also f 2.2 instead f 2.4 in the iPhone 5s compared to the latter more than 80 percent more light.
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The iPhone 6 uses an A8 chip, which has also integrated a new image signal processor. This allows above all better video functions. Now you can record videos in 1080p at 60 frames per second, while the iPhone 5s only up to 30 frames per second. Also, Apple has improved the slow-down function: the iPhone 6 can record slow-motion videos in 720p resolution at up to 240 frames per second, twice as fast as before. Further improvements are a continuous autofocus during the recording. So the iPhone 6 automatically focuses on different motifs. Improved also the functions face recognition, burst mode (several photo records in sequence) as well as HDR video be. Also, the iPhone 6 offers a cinematic video stabilization.
The photo function of the iPhone 6 offers nothing revolutionary. But it does not need it because the quality has been good so far. The only downside is that Apple has just donated an optical image stabilizer to the iPhone 6 Plus.