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The only iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus camera review you need to see

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:07PM EST
iPhone 6s Plus Camera Review
Image: Austin Mann

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There are plenty of iPhone 6s reviews that people might be interested in, including complete reviews of the new device and camera reviews that focus solely on photography and videos. Reviewers have already praised Apple’s newest iPhone in their in-depth reviews, so now it’s time to look at what pro photographers have to say about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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Several camera comparisons have already shown the improved iPhone 6s cameras in action, with the phone found capable of beating top rivals, including DSLR cameras, in performance tests. A pro photographer who last year came out with a thorough iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera review has now completed his in-depth testing of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus’ photo and video features, finding that the devices even better than their predecessors.

Austin Mann shot 2121 photos, 55 panoramas, 237 time-lapses and 1310 videos including Live Photos to assess the camera features of the new iPhones and explain what’s new compared to last year’s iPhone 6 models.

Mann stressed the fact that he and his friend only used iPhones and tripod/mounts to shoot videos and pictures, without relying on any pro cameras for the job – “mobile photography’s unique advantage is, well, mobility, so we fight hard to maintain it,” he said.

The photographer looked at resolution increases for both cameras, optical image stabilization (OIS) for video and time-lapse recordings (only available on iPhone 6s Plus), Live Photos functionality, low light performance, and selfie camera performance.

The OIS is seen as a “game changer,” or “hands down the most significant improvement in the iPhone 6s Plus camera upgrade.”

As for Live Photos, Mann said that it’ll let photographers enrich stories and capture life even better using this photo and video combination. “See with your ears,” when shooting Live Photos, Mann said. “Think about the sound, not just the visual. Cowbells, running water, urban traffic, laughing, etc. Sound makes Live Photos way better, and it’s fun to think creatively what sound you are capturing.”

“Low light has been the greatest challenge for pros looking to work on their iPhones as their primary camera, but I think we’re not far off from seeing that change,” Mann said about his iPhone 6s low-light photo tests. “Whether it’s the DxO One or not, the dSLR’s last stronghold is quickly fading.”

A video showing the stunning imagery captured with help of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus follows below, with the full review complete with additional clips and plenty of camera samples available at the link down in our source section.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.