Direct Comparison on iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 Plus Cameras / by James Moore

With the iPhone 6s and 6S Plus release yesterday, it's already clear that the 3D Touch technology is a useful addition to the user experience. Another notable development that is of interest is the upgrade to the camera with the jump from 8MP to 12MP, better autofocus and colour accuracy.

In the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus this has always been an impressive imaging device. Coated lens with optical stabilisation ensure that the bulk of pictures taken on it are crisp and sharp. Colours are true with good mapping of tones and exposure. 

In moving on to the 6S and 6S Plus this is very much still the case. With 3D Touch, launching the camera into specific modes is a one-touch process. The handy popup menu allows you to pick shooting mode before launch. This will be really useful, as the scroll selector in-camera is quite fiddly.

I was interested to see differences in the images from both devices using the same settings and subject. The scene here offers up some interesting comparisons. Detail is captured clearly with both the 6 Plus and 6S Plus. The 6S Plus unsurprisingly offers more detail in a larger image.

 

Detail capture

Both images are similar. The 6S Plus image has more heft in file size (4.3Mb v 3.8Mb) and pixel dimension (3024 x 4032 pixels). The 6S also picks out the rust, cracked paintwork and wood grain a tad better..

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

TONAL CAPTURE

Tonal capture has better fidelity. The shadows on the 6S Plus image are denser, yet have similar lattitude towards the mid tones. In the shade beneath the foliage, more surface detail is pulled in with that larger sensor..

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

In summary

3D Touch offers easier access to the camera functions. I can see its benefit in flipping between video and photo modes so it's useful to those who regularly shoot both. 

it was always going to be plain that the new sensor would offer up improvements. For those looking to upgrade from a 6 or 6 Plus, this  won't be as evident as the jump from a 5S or below.


 

Original images

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S Plus