The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus announced at the event today, brought in quite a few upgrades to the features, not so radical but Apple did proudly claim these to be the most advanced smartphones in the world. One thing that they upgraded from last year’s iPhones, is the camera.
The phone still has that little bump on the back of the camera, although the thickness of the device is increased. Why? because the sensor here is bigger. It is a 12-megapixel camera that you now see on the back of iPhone 6s, and it is capable of recording 4K videos. The long-lost feature that Android users always boasted about.
But that is not it. There is a lot more that the cameras can do, and although Apple says that they are the first to bring out something, it is already seen on Android, and even on Windows Phone. Take that, Apple. On a serious note, read below to know what the cameras are capable of.
Both the iPhones carry a 12-megapixel iSight camera, with the 1.22µ pixel size. It comes has Autofocus with Focus Pixels, the true-tone flash, Auto HDR feature for photos, exposure control, burst mode, and the camera has a F/2.2 aperture.
A new Deep trench isolation technology is what Apple uses to separate the diodes, and make the accuracy better and reduce the noise in pictures.
Optical Image Stabilization: This was available only in the iPhone 6 Plus last year, and Apple keeps it exclusive to iPhone 6s Plus, while the iPhone 6s doesn’t get OIS for reducing the shakes while taking pictures.
Panoramas: Apple says that the panoramas that can be captured using the new camera of iPhone 6s will have a resolution of 63-megapixels.
Video recording with iSight camera
- 4K video recording, with 3840 x 2160 pixels at 30 fps
- 1080p video recording with 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30 fps / 60 fps
- 720p video recording with 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps
- Slo-mo 1080p recording at 120 fps
- Slo-mo 720p recording at 240 fps
- Cinematic video stabilization at 1080p and 720p videos
- Time-lapse video with stabilization
- Picture captures at 8MP, while recording 4K video
- OIS for Video only in iPhone 6s Plus
- Improved noise reduction with Deep trench technology
The Live Photos feature doesn’t limit your capture to a still photo. It captures moments just before and after the capture, and saves even the voice. By simply pressing on the photo, you can see it as an animation with voice, instead of the still picture that you captured.
These Live Photos can be saved as lock screen wallpaper, and these can be viewed on other Apple products as well. Though this is something new for Apple devices, this feature of capturing moments before and after clicking the shutter button, is not new for Android or Windows Phone. HTC has its Zoe feature doing the same, while a similar feature is a part of the camera app in Lumia phones.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus come with a 5-megapixel FaceTime camera with F/2.2 aperture. It is an HD camera that allows HD video recording, i.e. 720p videos. The Live Photos feature we mentioned about, is going to work even with this front camera.
Retina Flash – Don’t assume this to be a flash provided for selfie camera. It is just the brightened display, which is said to be becoming 3x brighter to make the selfies better and brighter when needed.
Other camera features include Face detection, Exposure control, Timer mode, and Backside illumination sensor for the FaceTime camera.
Impressed with the cameras? make sure you don’t choose the 16GB variant, or you will be stuck with no storage after about 30 minute of 4K footage.