IM­AGE QUAL­ITY & PER­FOR­MANCE - AP­PLE IPHONE 6S PLUS

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The Ap­ple iPhone 6s Plus’ col­ors are quite pleas­ing in good light, how­ever, its white bal­ance tends to veer warmer, with some im­ages look­ing more yel­low than usual. The lens is mostly sharp, with the right up­per and lower cor­ners slightly soft. There is no bar­rel dis­tor­tion. When viewed up close, the im­ages lack fine de­tail, es­pe­cially when com­pared against the Sam­sung Galaxy Note5.

The iPhone 6s Plus does man­age to pre­serve what­ever de­tails it cap­tures while shoot­ing in low light. That would be a given since its im­ages are shot at low ISOs, even in dark sit­u­a­tions. To get such low ISO set­tings, the iPhone 6s Plus has an alarm­ing habit of shoot­ing at dan­ger­ously low shut­ter speeds. And yet, the im­ages are still sta­ble and sharp, which I chalk up to its ex­cel­lent op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion. Even at the higher set­ting of ISO 640, the iPhone 6s Plus strikes a good bal­ance be­tween noise re­duc­tion and de­tail re­ten­tion.

HDR im­ages tend to be un­derex­posed, but the iPhone 6s Plus con­sis­tently gets the best panora­mas out of all five smart­phones.

The iPhone 6s Plus’ 4K videos are fine in good light, has some noise in low light, and has hardly any rolling shut­ter. Its op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion is sur­pris­ingly good, the dif­fer­ence is ob­vi­ous when you com­pare it against the non-sta­bi­lized shot taken by the Nexus 6P. This makes it the best 4K video cam­era, out of all the five flag­ships.

The iPhone 6s Plus’ col­ors are quite pleas­ing, but the im­ages lack fine de­tail.

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