iPhone 6, 6 Plus finish equal first in reputable DxOMark mobile camera rankings

Harry Tunnecliffe
25 September, 2014
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iPhone 6, camera, report, macworld australiaHighly respected camera and lens independent image quality test group DxOMark have rated the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus equal first in their mobile rankings for image quality, stating “Apple set gold standard for smartphone image quality”.

Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus scored 82 points on the DxOMark rating system – three points higher than the equal second place Galaxy S5 and Experia Z3.

Over many years, DxOMark has compiled a database of thousands of camera-lens test results from mobiles such as the iPhone 6 – to professional, high-quality DSLRs. It provides independent and trusted results.

The following quote from the DxOMark testing comments on the auto-focus, as well as the similarities and differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus:

“They have very good, generally reliable auto-exposure in a wide range of lighting conditions and they have both fast and accurate autofocus. Output from the 8-Mpix stills improves the high level of detail in both outdoor and indoor lighting. In low light, noise reduction is handled well with images revealing fine-grained luminance noise and little of the distracting colour (chroma) noise.

“The main differences between the 2 cameras come from the OIS present in the iPhone 6 Plus. On one hand, the OIS helps to increase still images exposure time in low light, leading to better noise performance. Ghosting on HDR images also seems smaller with the iPhone 6 Plus, probably helped by the OIS that ensure a good registration between images. On the other hand, we have observed a video stabilisation artifact, on the iPhone 6 Plus, most likely linked to the OIS control that lead to a video stabilisation score slightly lower for the iPhone 6 Plus than for the iPhone 6.”

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