iPhone 6s camera comparison with all previous generations


Lisa Bettany, a popular photographer and co-founder of Camera+ app for iOS, has done a comparison of all iPhone models to date (excluding iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus). The camera comparison compares the different generation models in various light conditions, macros and more.

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Lisa used her app Camera+ to compare the camera between 9 iPhone models: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s. The cameras were tested for following: macro, backlit, backlit macro, daylight, portrait, sunset, low-light and low-light sunrise.


TL;DR: apart from the low light photography comparisons, the results say that iPhone 6s has the best camera. It improves on previous generations thanks to 50% more focus pixels, deep trench isolation, faster auto-focus and better color reproduction. For low light photos, iPhone 6s does aggressive noise reduction which results in ‘pixelation and ‘a decrease in sharpness’.

Our opinion: iPhone 6s camera is not a major upgrade as evident by the photos and does not seem like one of the features worth upgrading your iPhone for, unless you want 4K video recording. If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you are not losing anything on still photography by not upgrading.

Note: it has been observed that Live Photos decreases low light photo quality on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Check out the complete comparison here. Lisa has also done similar iPhone camera reviews in the past. You can see her comparisons for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6. There’s also a handy infographic which compares the specs of all models:

iPhone camera specs inforgraphic

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