The complete iPhone 6s/Plus camera improvements guide

“While the device appears widely available across most markets, Apple this morning confirmed first weekend iPhone pre-sales should break 10 million,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “I’ve been exploring the camera technology improvements inside the new iPhones.”

“These new cameras promise better detail and image accuracy than any previous iPhone,” Evans writes. “Both the front and rear cameras have been improved with bigger pixel counts, 12-megapixels at the [rear] and 5-megapixels for the video-conferencing ‘FaceTime’ camera.”

“What happens when you squeeze more pixels inside a camera sensor is that the individual light receptors need to shrink to fit the space. This makes them less sensitive and slightly less accurate – you may have lots of pixels but the images become worse,” Evans writes. “iPhones have used 8-megapixel cameras for years while Apple focused on optimizing the capabilities of those sensors, enabling them to deliver better pictures than higher-res cameras. To maintain that reputation, Apple has introduced a range of new technologies to optimize image capture in its new cameras.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One correction to the information provided in Evans’ full article: As with iPhone 6 vs. 6 Plus, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) is only available in iPhone 6s Plus.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. The vast majority of people, and analysts, are clueless when it comes to the importance of the camera technology under development and/or ready for deployment in Apple devices. These future phones could and at some point will have “magical” abilities:

    VR (virtual reality) photos
    Precision motion detection
    Precision 3D scanning
    IR (infrared) thermal imaging, scanning, night vision, etc
    Remote infrared thermometer
    Precision distance, angle, measurements (full theodolite)
    And more…

    If you can use your imagination, you can visualize the endless possibilities to produce medical, industrial, professional, and consumer apps that will change your world.

    I can’t wait!

  2. What I keep telling people. More pixels does not make photos “automatically” better. I have an old, old Olympus C-3040 Prosumer 3.3 mega pixel camera. It still takes better pics than most all phone cameras and many pocket cameras. WIth some of them being 12 mega pixel. Side by side the others always have something wrong.

    I have printed 13 x 18 photos from that camera that most people think it came from film.

    It’s the lens and the huge sensor. Once Apple can figure out how to get around the laws of physics, then things will really get exciting.

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