9 awesome features of iPhone 6 camera

IPhone 6 Plus studio back plus
These days, it’s pretty much standard that every phone release will debut significant camera updates. But identifying the ways that the iPhone 6 camera betters the 5S takes a little digging. There have been volumes written about the larger 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screens, but lots of people are also clammoring over the extra crisp camera. Despite touting the same resolution as the 5S, the iPhone 6 has some notable improvements. Here are nine awesome features included in the iPhone 6 camera.

Consistently faster autofocus

The big update is the iPhone 6’s autofocusing technology, a.k.a “Focus Pixels.” Faster and more consistent than past iterations, the camera will decrease the likelihood of taking a blurry shot, thanks to the phase-detection autofocus system. Reportedly, the 6 will focus twice as fast than the 5S. That means you won’t have to wait long after tapping the screen to focus the camera (or just let it handle focus on its own).

1080 HDR photos and video

The 6’s iSight rear camera has the ability to record Full HD 1080 video at 60 frames per second (fps). Considering that the 5S sports a similar camera – albeit at 30 fps – the 6 produces a slightly sharper picture.

The 6 camera is identical to the 6 Plus in every way…except one

Unlike the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilizing technology, which enables the camera to compensate the natural motion of hand shakes to produce a clearer shot. What’s spectacular about this feature is that the 6 Plus actually touts a physically moving lens, which can be beneficial for capturing photos and videos in low light. This is similar type of technology that’s been long employed by standalone digital cameras.

Front camera gets a facelift: higher-res FaceTime camera plus new modifiable featuresiPhone-6-front-camera-macro

The front camera, also known as the FaceTime camera, is much improved. The 1.2-megapixel camera’s resolution remains the same from the 5S, but now has  a slightly faster f/2.2 aperture which gives a slightly better picture. Additional updates include, the FaceTime display is now just left of the speaker (instead of right above) and the ability to control the light temperature from the FaceTime camera.

Burst mode gets added to FaceTime camera

Ever wanted to take a sequence of selfies in one second from the front camera? Now you can. Burst mode – that camera feature that snaps 10 photos per second – has been built into the iPhone 6’s front camera. The phone can even analyze photos from your burst session and show you the “best” ones, a.k.a. display the clearest shots and the ones where everybody’s eyes are open.

Better slow-motion shots

Apple iPhone 6 macro cameraThe 5S introduced the ability to record slow-motion video. And the iPhone 6 gives several small updates. With the 6, you’ll be able to record slow-mo video at 120 or 240 fps. That’s a bit more flexible than the the slow-mo option on the 5S, which only allows for recording 120 fps. Though, be aware, slow motion video is a pretty easy way to create massive file sizes.

Time lapse

With the release of iOS 8, all iPhones (including the 6’s) will get the ability to record time-lapse videos. The feature doesn’t allow for much in the way of granular controls, but it will automatically take photos in increments and then assemble them into a time-lapse sequence. This is significant, as time-lapse photography was a complex task to pull off in the past.

Third-party developers can now create apps for iPhone’s camera

The release of iOS 8 has opened the gates for third-party developers to take advantage of some of the granular controls within the iPhone camera. Some apps are already available in the App Store. For example, Manual, an app that allows you to modify the iPhone camera the way you would a DSLR camera.

Related: Best photography apps for the iPhone

It’s a sibling of the 5S in everyway

On paper, the camera seems to resemble the 5S. And, in many ways, that’s true. The 6 still has  a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear camera. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing when you consider that the iPhone 6 improves on the 5S, an already terrific camera, by subtly adding new features and a more consistent auto focus. According to DxOMark, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras are the best you can get in a smartphone right now, surpassing its 5S sibling and Samsung Galaxy S5 competitor.

Product Review

Don't let the bigger iPhones woo you away: The XS is still a masterpiece

Apple’s next smartphone is here -- the iPhone XS. We think it’s the perfect size for an iPhone, and it manages to impress with astounding performance, and sizable camera improvements.
Mobile

Apple iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P20 Pro: Clash of the titans

Anyone seeking a great new smartphone with plenty of money to spend has two amazing options, but which is better for you? We pit the Apple iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P20 Pro in various categories to help you choose.
Product Review

There's no such thing as the perfect camera, but Nikon's D750 is damn close

The Nikon D750 DSLR is an excellent example of what full-frame cameras can do. It produces beautiful photos and videos. But does it justify its high price? Yes, it does -- and the camera's age means an even better deal.
Mobile

Apple iPhone XS vs. Samsung Galaxy S9: 2018's biggest flagships clash

The iPhone XS has been revealed, and it's one of the best phones of the year. But even though it's Apple's latest and greatest, it's up against a lot of competition. Is the iPhone XS better than the Samsung Galaxy S9?
Mobile

Huawei is not-so-subtly trolling Friday’s iPhone launch

Apple launches the iPhone XS range to the public on Friday, but Huawei is out in force to remind the public what they could be missing out on (Hint: It's the Mate 20 Pro) by choosing Apple's latest smartphone.
Mobile

How to buy the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR in the U.K.

The new iPhone range is here, and it consists of three models: The iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. You can buy the iPhone XS and XS Max in the United Kingdom now, so here's our guide on where to buy one.
Product Review

With its epic screen, Apple's iPhone XS Max is a phone you can live inside

The iPhone XS Max is here. Should you get the massive 6.5-inch iPhone from Apple? Or should you pick the smaller iPhone XS? We’ve been putting the Max through its paces to find out in our review.
Mobile

Need a do-over? Here's how to factory reset an iPhone, from XS on down

Resetting an iPhone can alleviate all sorts of software woes, and wipe away personal data should you sell your device or give it to someone else. Here's how to factory reset an iPhone from within iOS or iTunes.
Mobile

Audio company Bragi is suing OnePlus over the word 'dash'

Despite taking steps to change to "Warp Charge," OnePlus is being sued by audio company Bragi over the phone manufacturer's continued use of the word "dash" in the Dash Charging used in OnePlus phones.
Mobile

The best weather apps for Android will keep you dry no matter where you go

You may not be able to change the weather, but you can at least be prepared for it. Check out our guide to the best weather apps for Android, so you'll always know what to expect when you step out the front door.
Mobile

Android 9.0 Pie is finally rolling out to the OnePlus 6

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

Keep the iPhone XS display crack-free with these screen protectors

Apple might have proclaimed the iPhone XS's glass as being its most durable ever, but that's not going to stop you from wincing if you drop your phone. Stay protected with the best iPhone XS screen protectors.
Mobile

Hateful software kills our enthusiasm for newcomer Realme’s $155 Android phone

Realme is a new smartphone brand with an interesting start to life, as it closely mirrors that of OnePlus, a brand we admire. The Realme 2 is its second phone, and we've given it a try to see if it's a winner.
Mobile

BlackBerry Key2 LE vs. BlackBerry Key2: Which productivity titan reigns supreme?

The Blackberry Key2 LE has many of the same features as its more expensive competitor, the BlackBerry Key2, yet comes in at $250 less. Which one should you choose? Here's how the BlackBerry Key2 LE and BlackBerry Key2 compare.