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Comprehensive Comparison Shows Camera Improvements From Original iPhone to iPhone 6s

With each iteration of the iPhone, Apple improves camera quality, which has led to the iPhone being one of the most popular camera choices in the world. The iPhone 6s introduces the company's first 12-megapixel camera, an improvement over the 8-megapixel cameras Apple has used since the iPhone 4s and the most advanced iPhone camera yet.

Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany has taken a series of comparison shots that demonstrate how the iPhone has improved over the years, with photographs taken with every model of iPhone beginning with the original iPhone and ending with the iPhone 6s.

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Her photographs provide a fascinating look not only at how the iPhone 6s has improved over the iPhone 6, but also at how smartphone camera technology has progressed over the last eight years.

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Bettany compares images taken with each iPhone and the Camera+ app across eight categories, including Macro, Backlit, Backlit Macro, Daylight, Portrait, Sunset, Low-Light, and Low-Light Sunrise. There are, of course, striking differences between the original iPhone and the iPhone 6s, but even between the iPhone 6 and Apple's newest device, there are noticeable improvements, especially when it comes to detail.

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Along with a jump in megapixels, Apple's iPhone 6s also includes several other improvements. "Deep Trench Isolation" prevents the color bleeding and artifacts that often come with an increase in megapixels, plus Apple's also introduced faster autofocusing speeds and a new image signal processor for better noise reduction and improved tone mapping.

In Bettany's opinion, the camera improvements combined with software updates and the A9 processor on the iPhone 6s make it the best iPhone camera yet. "There is an apparent increase in the speed of auto focus and improvements to colour accuracy, details and sharpness, especially in low light," she writes.

Bettany's full selection of image comparisons are well worth checking out and can be found on her website.

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16 months ago
the jump between 3G and 3Gs is impressive...
Rating: 14 Votes
16 months ago
I see virtually no difference between 6 and 6s, another person trying to gush about how much "superior" the iPhone 6s is over the last phone and the reality is it just doesn't seem to hold up to the patronizing again. Comparing against older iPhones is moot, nobody is updating from an iPhone 1 to the 6s these days, and everybody knows that the first few generations of iPhone cameras were horrible.
Rating: 9 Votes
16 months ago

I see virtually no difference between 6 and 6s, another person trying to gush about how much "superior" the iPhone 6s is over the last phone and the reality is it just doesn't seem to hold up to the patronizing again. Comparing against older iPhones is moot, nobody is updating from an iPhone 1 to the 6s these days, and everybody knows that the first few generations of iPhone cameras were horrible.


You must be looking at a different picture. I see a whole lot of differences between the two.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago
Wow, the 6 actually looks significantly better than the 6S in some categories. Too much noise reduction in low light on the 6S, it's killing the detail.
Rating: 8 Votes
16 months ago
If they could pack all that cool tech back into a smaller form factor - pre iPhone 6, small hands everywhere would rejoice. :)
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
Even though my iPhone 6 is less than 10 months old, Apple always manages to make my device look so inferior when they release a new one.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago
Confirmed by thoughts all these years. The iPhone 5S was the best iPhone and mobile camera ever.
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago
Is it just me or do the major improvements run out after 4s ?????
Rating: 6 Votes
16 months ago

You're trying to tell me the newest model is better than the previous models?!

Next you're gonna try to tell me that the 2016 BMWs have improvements over the 2015 model year.


So are you saying this comparison is useless? It's cool to see how far the cameras have come. This is a very well done comparison, and I'm sure it took quite a bit of time to put together.
Rating: 5 Votes
16 months ago
Wow that's amazing, especially from the original iPhone to the 6s - the different between the oldest to the newest is mind blowing.
Rating: 5 Votes

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