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iPhone 6s Plus beats best camera on DxOMark in photo and video tests

Published Oct 9th, 2015 4:36PM EDT
iPhone 6s Plus Xperia Z5
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Recently crowned as the top camera on DxOMark, Sony’s Xperia Z5 smartphone had appeared to be the current gold standard for smartphone cameras. But a recent comparison between the iPhone 6s Plus and the Xperia Z5 seems to indicate that Apple’s new phone might be even better than Sony’s best smartphone camera for a number of reasons.

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A new comparison video, posted on YouTube channel SuperSaf TV, shows the two flagship smartphones in various side-by-side tests for taking still pictures and recording videos.

The iPhone 6s Plus features a 12-megapixel camera while the Xperia Z5 packs a 23-megapixel main shooter. But the megapixel count isn’t everything, and the iPhone 6s can beat the Xperia Z5 in several tests.

The iPhone 6s Plus is better at 4K video recording, low-resolution selfies (especially with flash), and at taking pictures with the rear camera (especially apparent in low-light environments).

The Xperia Z5 did outperform the iPhone 6s Plus when it comes to audio quality, autofocus speed and selfies in optimum light. The Sony smartphone also has a wide-angle lens that works in its favor, as it lets the shooter capture more things in a photo.

The video showing this iPhone 6s Plus vs. Xperia Z5 camera comparison follows below. DxOMark’s Xperia Z5 review is available at this link.

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.