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These seven smartphones all have better cameras than the iPhone 6s

By Shawn Knight
Oct 14, 2015
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  1. In my recent review of the iPhone 6s Plus, I noted that the new 12-megapixel rear camera was an improvement over last year’s 8-megapixel unit mainly due to the fact that larger images would afford a bit more flexibility in terms of cropping and resizing.

    As far as pure image quality, however, I wasn’t able to spot much difference between the old and new sensor. According to testing from imaging specialist DxOMark, my observations were seemingly spot-on.

    The publication gave the iPhone 6s (not the 6s Plus which includes optical image stabilization) an overall score of 82 – the same score last year’s iPhone 6 earned and tied with the Sony Xperia Z3+. That’s a solid score although there are several other smartphones that scored ahead of the iPhone 6s.

    In first place with a score of 87 is the Sony Xperia Z5 followed by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge at 86. The new Google Nexus 6P currently sits in third with a score of 84. The LG G4, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the Motorola X Style are all tied for fourth place at 83 points.

    In the photo tests, the iPhone 6s scored favorably in the autofocus, exposure / contrast and artifacts categories. Scores of 73 in both texture and noise categories, however, certainly didn’t help matters. Noise was also an issue in video testing, as was a lack of stabilization.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,557   +862

    But..but...it has an S at the end of the name! and it shoots 4k video! so it has to be better. right? right?!?
     
  3. Zenodroid

    Zenodroid TS Booster Posts: 134   +27

    How about note 5 ?
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,554   +2,361

    Amusing thing about the 6S is that it shoots 4k video but can't actually play 4k video.
     
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,752   +1,106

    4K video isn't for watching, it's for filling up your puny internal storage so you move more to the iCloud where Apple can collect a monthly fee.
     
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  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,554   +2,361

    I appreciate a good scheme. This is why I buy the cheap version of their products.
     
  7. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 166   +41

    Wait... Apple has *cheap* versions of things?!?!?? Steve Jobs wouldn't stand for that!
     
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  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,554   +2,361

    You have to remember, most of Apple's customers are just fashion geeks. Base model = cheap.

    My 6s isn't even gold (or pink). It's so pedestrian.

    *sips latte*
     
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  9. winten

    winten TS Rookie

    I have noticed starting with the iPhone 1 , that 90% of iPhone customers LOVE TECHNOLOGY and show their respect to "technology" by buying the latest iThingie. The problem is...you can NOT TELL THEM ANYTHING---about technology are even simple issues with their iThingies. These I-Heads KNOW IT ALL---and will unabashedly tell you that all you need to know about HOW COMPUTERS WORK is "shake, tap, scrape, and of course COLOR is very important ---COLOR is what gives the iThingies so much power. Not sip tall latte---I make my own coffee at a dime a cup.
     
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Winten, please do not shout. Thank you.
     

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