In the weeks and months leading up to the launch of what became the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, all manner of suggestions were made with regards to the rear-facing camera. Apple always makes noticeable enhancements in this particular department, and while some initially bemoaned the fact that it was yet another 8-megapixel offering, the introduction of features like Focus Pixels and optical image stabilization have seen it garner rave reviews. Now, a highly-reputed rankings system, which scrutinizes the performance of every single smartphone snapper released to market, has delivered its critical analysis of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’s cameras, and declared that the Cupertino’s latest duo “set[s] the gold standard for smartphone image quality.”
Given that the smartphone market is awash with great cameras, ranging from Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 to the multitude of Nokia Lumias taking awesome shots, the assessment by DxO Labs as part of its DxOMark Mobile ranking of mobile cameras is particularly impressive.
Seen as an authority in the photography world, DxO certainly knows what it’s talking about, and having put both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through their paces in a series of lab and field tests, determined that both are about equal in terms of overall performance.
Interestingly, both beat out competition from Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which now ranks third, while Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Z2 respectively complete the top 5.
The company believes that the sizeable displays, which feature better contrast, clarity and color, make for a much better point-and-shoot experience than ever before on an iPhone, while also offering superior editing.
The fact that some rivaling cameras – notably that of the Samsung Galaxy S5 – offer 4K video recording is a bit of a downer for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus-owning videographers, but with new-found support for 60fps video capturing in full HD and time-lapse along with enhanced slow-mo, these new cameras still have plenty in their lockers.
Check out the chart below and see where the major smartphone rivals stand.
Those in ownership of either of the new iPhones, do you agree that your device’s camera is better than any you’ve used before on a smartphone? Do share your comments with us below!
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