Questionable Testing Gives iPhone 6 The Edge In Mobile Cameras

Mobile / Photography

As with every new mobile device release, tests and specification comparisons are all the rage as everyone tries to figure out if the newest is also the best on the market. The recent release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is no different, and DxOMark – a site which tests camera and camera lenses and rates them accordingly – has released it’s findings on the mobile cameras contained within the new iPhones.


DxOMark gave both iPhone 6 models an overall score of 82 (courtesy DxOMark).

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both feature a new 8-MP sensor that has faster autofocus technology, as well as included optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus.

DxOMark gave the mobile cameras in both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus a rating of 82, based on combining photo and video testing scores. The iPhone 6 scored slightly better on video with an 80 versuses 79 on the 6 Plus, while the iPhone 6 Plus scored better on the photo tests with an 84, over the 6’s 83. With these scores, the new iPhone 6 has bumped the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Experia Z3 & Z2 out of top spot. The three devices previously topped the tests with a scores of 79.

The tests revealed that overall, the cameras in the iPhone 6/6 Plus provided very good exposure, decent autofocus in various lighting conditions, good detail presentation, color rendering, and performance with flash when taking photos. The iPhone 6 did suffer from some luminance noise in low light conditions and some ghosting and fringing, as well both phones displaying some issues with color and moiré in some cases.


DxOMark was impressed with the noise reduction and balance of detail on the iPhone 6/6 Plus in low light (courtesy DxOMark).

On the video side, DxOMark found that the autofocus on the video was the “best ever tested by DxOMark Mobile team, at the time of testing”, with excellent stabilization and attractive color across various levels of lighting conditions.

As with any test though, fans of other devices usually weigh in crying foul over methods and methodology used, and these test results and ratings are no exception. A few concerns have come to light in the comments posted on the results, including the fact that the rating is a combined score of photo and video. However, it’s more concerning that DxOMark states that “Apple set (the) gold standard for smartphone image quality” when they admit that they have not – nor will be – testing the LG G3, One Plus One, Samsung’s Note 3 or Note 4, and the Moto X doesn’t appear on the list either. DxOMark also admits in one comment that the Nokia 1020 (which scored a 74) is indeed better “for specific photo shooting in lowlight”. The feedback isn’t all negative though, as DxOMark has indicated that in-depth comparisons between devices – such as the Nokia 1020 and the iPhone 6/6 Plus – are forthcoming.

What do you think about DxOMark’s findings? Do you agree or disagree with them? If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, what do you think of the image quality over your previous cameraphone? Let us know below in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: DxOMark
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