The Results as Voted by you
Apple has up the stakes with their latest iPhone 6s (Plus)
Performing dismally in our previous camera comparison, Apple had a lot to prove this time around. Last time we touched on how smartphone cameras value their megapixels, based on the past it was relatively true but the main difference was the how much light could enter the shutter, hence aperture size.
Luckily, this time around we had only 4 devices, making it a little simpler for us, though we added in an additional 4 scenes to take a look at a wider array of situations; this time even adding the front camera portion to the mix.
We’ve counted the votes and again followed our old formula, so if a device was your first choice, it would score 3 points, second choice – 2 points and third choice – 1 point.
Tallying it all up, we had a close race for the top spot; eventually earned by the Galaxy Note5 (votes), followed closely by the iPhone 6s Plus (votes). A disappointing result for the LG G4, which sought to retain itself at the top of the podium. We’ve noticed for quite some time that the G4’s front camera doesn’t earn it any applauses, one of its clear weaknesses.
Scene 4 was another catalyse to how the LG failed to live up to its name, only earning it 9 points compared to the iPhone 6s Plus’ 80 points.
Clearly any 100% cropped photo will utilise the cameras megapixels and here’s why the iPhone 6’s camera suffered. The other 3 were quite close to call with the iPhone 6s Plus getting 74, followed by 60 and 52 for the Galaxy Note5 and the LG G4, respectively.
This scene was similar to the 1st taking an image of Avenue K and blowing it up 100% to focus on the H&M store sign. Performing slightly better this time around, the LG G4 earned your seal of approval with 61 points; then again this scene the votes were pretty spread out evenly – Galaxy Note5 (52 points), iPhone 6 (44 points) and surprisingly the iPhone 6s Plus (35 points) was last.
We took the nostalgic route and decided to visit KLCC once again for the 3rd scene. The same motive as the two earlier scenes, we wanted to see how the smartphones handled 100% zoomed images. With no honor 7 to steal the show, the Galaxy Note5 gracefully accepted the highest votes (74 points), subsequently followed by the iPhone 6s Plus (47 points), iPhone 6 (36 points) and the LG G4 (29 points).
The clear difference here was the amount of light that the sensor let in, raising some concern as to why the LG G4 didn’t perform up to standards. Unfortunately, all of our sample photos taken during this scene on the G4 were as dark as the photo chosen – bear in mind that this photo was taken outdoors, placing the RM 50 note onto a bench and snapping the picture. The clear winner was the iPhone 6s Plus, which handled the macro shot well, earning it 80 points; following which, was the Galaxy Note5 (53 points), the iPhone 6 (44 points) and the LG G4 a long way behind with 9 points.
Here we looked at a macro shot again but in low light conditions. Based on the photos and results Apple still has some catching up to do with the size of their sensors, as 12-megapixels didn’t cut it this time. A close battle for the number 1 spot saw the Galaxy Note5 (78 points) edging out the LG G4 (76 points) by 2 points. Trailing way behind were the iPhone 6s Plus with 20 points and the iPhone 6 with 18 points.
For this scene we took to test the low light capabilities by placing Lego figurines inside a box then snapping a photo from the opening of the box. Again the iPhone(s) struggled in these low light conditions. Something we anticipated, since the iPhone 6s Plus only has an aperture of f/2.2. In terms of points, the LG G4 saw a chance to redeem its mediocre scoring earlier on by getting 1st with 81 points. It was followed closely by the Galaxy Note5 that managed 73 points. 3rd and 4th went to the iPhones, as the 6s Plus had 31 points, while the iPhone 6 only earned 7 points.
When mentioning earlier that the LG G4 struggled in its front camera department, it seemed that scene 7 and 8, it would find it tough to even the playing field. The objects captured often looked red (even outdoors) on the G4 and you’ll notice it right away in this scene. Paving the way to the top was the Galaxy Note5 that captured 69 points. Number 2 went to the iPhone 6s Plus (58 points), while the 3rd and 4th spot belonged to the iPhone 6 (42 points) and LG G4 (17 points).
Coming to a close, this scene was a front camera shot in low light conditions. A combination of the right megapixels and image processing allowed the iPhones to snatch away 1st (iPhone 6s Plus, 73 points) and 2nd place (iPhone 6, 53 points). Spot number 3 and 4 were taken by the LG G4 (35 points) and the Galaxy Note5 (25 points). Here’s a classic example of how sometimes pixels don’t matter, as the G4 boasts an 8-megapixel sensor compared to the iPhone 6s Plus’ 5-megapixel sensor and the measly iPhone 6’s 1.2-megapixel FaceTime front camera – seems like image processing is king in this situation.
It’s safe to say that Apple might mount a comeback as their image processing has always been superior. Once they catch up in hardware (might take a while) they could really blow everyone away. Though, it might struggle in low light we feel that the iPhone 6s Plus held its ground when considering other aspects.
Share with us your thoughts on the smartphone cameras of today’s flagships, do they stand a chance against some basic point and shoots? Let us know in the comments below.