Digital Photography Review: Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus offers a very good smartphone camera

“We’ve considered every aspect of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera, with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features,” Lars Rehm writes for Digital Photography Review. “We experimented with the camera’s performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with the device’s many special feature modes.”

“The large display is gorgeous and great for video and image viewing alike. In terms of the camera app Apple does what it has always done: instead of offering lots of features it focuses on a few key functions and makes sure to get them right. Both panorama and HDR modes are among the best in the business and the slow-motion video mode captures excellent results as well,” Rehm writes. “For everything else there are third-party apps available in the App Store. Next to some competitors the camera specification might not look too impressive but the iPhone 6 Plus squeezes more detail out of its 8MP sensor than some 13MP models and the optical image stabilization system works very efficiently, allowing for low ISO values in dim conditions.”

“Thanks to the intuitive user interface and snappy performance the iPhone 6 Plus is a lot of fun to use as a camera,” Rehm writes. “It is simply a very good smartphone camera all around that delivers well-exposed, detailed and sharp images and video at the touch of a button. The HDR and panorama functions are among the best we have seen and more manual control over imaging parameters is available via third-party camera apps.”

Tons more in the full review here.


  1. What many people fail to realize it’s the software. Not just the interface software, but the underlying software that’s used to process the images you take. It also in the quality of the components. Apple also uses some pretty advanced flash technology for a smart phone. People who think it’s all about megapixels really don’t have a clue. Unfortunately, it’s the one parameter people understand and base their decisions on.

  2. Yes, Dave, he lost me there too. Even 8 MP in a tiny phone camera is overkill. It’s the quality of pixels (i.e. S/N) that counts. I still shoot at 7 MP on the SLR unless it’s a special purpose shot that might need to be cropped and/or blown up. Even on the half-frame Nikon you can’t tell the difference for onscreen viewing.

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