The iPhone 6 has an extensive set of features, but besides the 5.5 inch screens and extra storage space, the camera and video features has got everyone talking. The resolution hasn’t changed from the S5, but there are a lot of improvements worth noting, so let’s get started.
The iPhone autofocusing has been significantly improved with Apple’s Focus Pixels technology, which is much faster than previous versions. What this means is you don’t have to worry about blurry shots as the phase detecting autofocus system is built-in. For this feature alone, the phone is worth the upgrade.
1080p Video and Photos
The iPhone 6 rear cam is equipped with 1080 HD video at 60 fps, double that of the 30 fps of the S5 so the output is much sharper. And if you get the iPhone 6 Plus, you get optical image stabilizing technology which enables the device to make up for your hand’s natural movement so shots remain clear.
The front camera has also gotten a makeover, and the FaceTime camera has a higher resolution compared to previous models. It’s still got the same 1.2 megapixels used by the S5, but the f/2.2 aperture is way faster now. The default settings work fine, but now you can adjust the light temperature in the camera, a very convenient feature for advanced photographers.
Ever wanted to take a quick sequence of photos in a single second? You can do that now with the Burst Mode. With Burst Mode on, the front camera will take 10 shots in a second, and you can assess the photos and show the clearest ones. If you’re finicky about photo quality, this feature will come in handy.
Record Slow Motion Video
One of the coolest new features on the iPhone 6 is the ability to record in slow-motion and there’s an option to record in 120 or 240 fps, your choice. The S5 also has this capability but you can only record in 120 fps, so there’s more flexibility on the iPhone 6. While slow motion files can take up a lot of space, that won’t be an issue as there’s more storage space now.
The iOS 8 has made it possible for the iPhone 6 to implement timelapse videos. It doesn’t provide much in terms of granular management, but it does shoot images in increments and arranges them in the proper sequence.
Third Party Support
The iOS 8 allows for third party vendors to develop apps to enhance and improve the iPhone camera. The 6’s camera is already pretty good, but with support from other developers, its functions will improve even more.
As good as the iPhone 6 camera and video are, there are limits to their capabilities. In an interview with Memory Tree Productions, one of Canada’s leading video agencies, the overall assessment is that the iPhone camera is “useful but doesn’t meet the standards of professional quality videos”. According to Memory Tree, “you’ll still need the services of a video agency to create top of the line videos”.