Some Apple naysayers guffawed when news broke that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would ship with 8MP rear cameras, same as the iPhone 5s before them, and the iPhone 5 before it, and the iPhone 4S before it.
But as we keep saying on Mobot, there’s far more to smartphone cameras than just the megapixel count, and indeed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been ranked the best smartphone cameras to date by DxO Labs.
Using megapixels as a rough guide at least, one might expect the 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z3 and 16MP Samsung Galaxy S5 to appear near the top, and while they do rank highly, they’re both pipped by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
In its lengthy report, DxO praises overall exposure, autofocus (even in low light), colour rendering, detail preservation (indoors and out) and flash performance. Video capture impressed too.
Needless to say, the iPhone 6 Plus in particular benefits from optical imagine stabilisation (OIS), and "on-chip phase detection" technology.
There was some criticism, however, with both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus suffering from luminance noise in low light, ghosting and fringing, and moiré (think taking a picture of your TV head on).
All in all, impressive stuff, though it perhaps doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the iPhone 5s was considered one of the best camera phones on the market. With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, things seemingly go from great to greater.