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iPhone 6 camera compared to all previous iPhones (Gallery)


The makers of camera app Camera+ have put together a great comparison of the new iPhone 6 camera vs almost all previous generation iPhones including the first iPhone, the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, and 5S.

Skin tones look brighter and more true to life with the iPhone 6 in this portrait series. Although the iPhone 6 photo has a higher level of detail, I’m finding it slightly pixelated and blotchy-looking. Apple altered their local tone-mapping algorithm for better exposure and contrast using the new A8 processor, but it looks like it might be causing some issues with the skin tones in these shots. Additionally, their new noise reduction algorithm seems a bit heavy handed causing pixelation.

The full comparison on the company’s site lets you view full-sized shots for a number of different shooting scenarios including daylight, backlit, macro, lowlight, and portrait shots. Here’s an example from the portrait comparison (click below for full size):

Earlier today we published our own review of the iPhone 6 camera’s improved video shooting capabilities, which now includes the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30/60 frames per second and Slo-Mo video in 720p up to 240 frames per second.

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  1. PMZanetti - 9 years ago

    I never found the Camera+ to take pictures of the same quality as the built-in camera App.

  2. mhatrey - 9 years ago

    That purple fare in iPhone 5 camera ……

  3. sally (@FedGoat) - 9 years ago

    I compared the 5S and 6 shots on a Late 2013 (newest model) 27″ iMac at 2560×1440.
    I like the ‘less cold’ of the iPhone 6. I still feel as though all photos from iPhones look grainy and soft unless its high noon and sunny.
    It’s an ok camera at best. Of course Apples editing software is awesome.
    I would love the zeiss 20MP from the Nokia 1520 in a 6+
    Either way 6+ is awesome.

  4. Damn Tastic - 9 years ago

    awesome article :)….thanks for the link! :)

  5. alternapop - 8 years ago

    Does anyone else see the lens flare mentioned here with the green dot?


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