Apple commonly promotes the iPhone as the world’s most popular camera, but a new study awards the all-new 8-megapixel iSight module with an even better accolade. According to the highly-respected and influential DxOMark Mobile study, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are ranked as the world’s best smartphone cameras that are currently available.
The industry-standards test places the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 in a first place tie at 82 points each, ahead of several other flagship smartphones including, in order of ranking, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z2, Nokia 808 Pureview, Sony Xperia Z1, iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 925.
DxOMark finds that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera have very similar performance, with the main difference being optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus. The study finds that both cameras have generally reliable auto-exposure in a wide range of lighting conditions, fast and accurate autofocus and good noise reduction in low light.
The study finds that while optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus helped increase still images exposure time in low light, leading to better noise performance, it also had a video stabilization artifact that led to an overall video stabilization score slightly lower than the iPhone 6. Overall, this contributed to identical scores for each smartphone.
Additional pros listed for capturing photos with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera include attractive color rendering, good detail preservation outdoors and indoors, good performance with flash, stable white balance, good color rendering and low noise levels. Some cons are luminance noise visible in low light, color quantification and ghosting.
In terms of video, the pros listed for the cameras are that autofocus is very fast, accurate and repeatable, stabilization is excellent in good lighting conditions and that colors are attractive in a wide range of lighting. The cons to video recording include occasional exposure inaccuracies and some stabilization artifacts visible on the iPhone 6 Plus.
I recommend giving the source article a read for a more in-depth study of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras.
Are you impressed with the all-new iSight camera?[DxOMark via 9to5Mac]