iPhone 6s Falls Even Behind the Moto X Style in the DxOMark Smartphone Rankings
Apple has never taken part in the “race of Megapixel,” providing photographic sensors with resolutions that were never exaggerated. However, the cameras on company’s next-gen iPhones have seen a slight evolution.
For the first time since the iPhone 4s in 2011, Apple has decided to upgrade its iSight camera, from 8 megapixels to 12, allowing for native 4K video recording. So that becomes particularly interesting to find out how better does the iPhone 6s’ camera fare against the competition.
Well, according to DxOMark – an authority in the industry, despite the new and improved sensor, iPhone 6s performs almost as well as the previous generation iPhone 6.
Overall, the iPhone 6s got an average score of 82 points out of 100, and gets buried in tenth place, with the Sony Xperia Z5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge taking the lead. It falls even behind the Motorola Moto X Style which was able to score 83 points.
While both the iPhone 6 and 6s score the same, DxOMark ranks the latter behind, and that’s because the iPhone 6s actually performed worse, like in the touch to focus department.
DxOMark shows that iPhone 6s offers a good balance between performance and user experience, yet retains the weaknesses of its predecessor. The 6s shows minimal improvements with regard to photos taken in optimal lighting conditions, as well as being praised for its fast and accurate autofocus in almost all tests – be it still photos or video recording.
The iPhone 6s is, however, not entirely convincing when it comes to the Achilles’ heel of most smartphone cameras: low light conditions. In such scenerios, the images and videos are plagued by visible noise or color shading, though autofocus was still decent.
The assessment concerns only iPhone 6s, so it is likely that iPhone 6s Plus able to score some points due to the presence of optical image stabilization or OIS.
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