The professional photographers at Improve Photography have published an in-depth review of the camera on the iPhone 6 Plus.
Jim Harmer, the founder of Improve Photography, has put the iPhone 6 Plus through more than 21 different tests in order to test the device’s camera performance in a wide variety of situations.
I have shot with just about every popular camera model on the market from cell phones all the way up to $10,000 DSLR cameras and lenses, but I checked my Lightroom stats this week and found that 38% of my photos taken in the last year were taken with the iPhone iSight camera. I don’t use my iPhone camera for serious photography work most of the time, but I trust it to document my children’s lives, to capture the moments that would otherwise be missed when my other camera is locked up in a Pelican case, and to give me the sharing capabilities that only a cell phone can provide.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both feature a new 8-megapixel iSight rear-facing camera that has an f/2.2 aperture. The company has added “Focus Pixels” which supposedly helps the iPhone focus faster and more accurately. In the keynote, the company mentioned that the new “Focus Pixel” technology is similar to the focusing technology found in high end DSLRs.
The iPhone 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization which allows the device to better stabilize itself in a situation where the user does not have steady hands. The feature also helps when shooting video and taking low-light photos.
In short, the iPhone 6 Plus improves on two of the most important aspects of the camera quality that give it better results in low light, but at the same time make missteps that hurt contrast and add bugs to the system.
Be sure to read Harmer’s full in-depth review of the iPhone 6 Plus camera, which is a great read for photography enthusiasts and for everyday iPhone users.