One of the most praised features of Apple’s new iPhone 6 models is their main cameras, with the iPhone 6 Plus in particular gaining praise for its camera performance. Thus, The New York Times decided to give both smartphones to staff photographer Todd Heisler — who also happens to be a 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for Feature Photography — to test them out in real-life scenarios.
Heisler decided to test only the iPhone 6, as the iPhone 6 Plus “made it too unwieldy to use on a daily basis,” but found the device, which lacks the Plus’ optical image stabilization feature, to be closer to his professional camera than any previous Apple smartphone.
“Mr. Heisler said the camera on the iPhone 6 was closer to his professional gear than ever before, because of the slider that lets you fine-tune exposure even when you’re rolling video and built-in tools for fine-tuning light, exposure, contrast and color,” the Times wrote. “And he said that because of those controls, there’s no need to turn to third-party camera apps that can be more complicated to use.”
Heisler also identified some annoyances with the camera, such as freezes, although he said other cameras may have their own problems, so ultimately it’s up to the user to find ways to deal with any issues they might find in a gadget.
Heisler’s video review of the iPhone 6’s camera follows below, while another iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus review from a professional photographer is available at this link.