What used to be an afterthought on the original mobile phone, has now become one of the most talked about features on a smartphone – the camera. As we rely more and more on our smartphone as our main camera and putting our old point-and-shoot in the drawer somewhere, we are demanding better quality. Manufacturers have responded by constantly increasing camera quality on each subsequent model with even moderately priced smartphones now taking decent photos. Many users use their smartphone camera just for selfies or an occasional video chat, but many demand a more professional look to their photos.
For years Apple has always touted, and still does, how great their iPhone cameras are and all the things you can do with their photos – in their defense, the iPhone has become the great point-and-shoot camera in the smartphone world. However, a funny thing happened as Apple sat back and made incremental improvements to its iPhone – Android phones not only caught up, but also are now easily surpassing the iPhone cameras…even the new iPhone 6S model. There are many new specifications under the iPhone 6S's hood, but it score is identical to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. There is a new 12MP BSI 1/3-inch sensor, which Apple claims improves noise reduction, still no OIS in this model, and an increase to the front-facing camera (FFC) from a paltry 1.2MP to 5MP. DoXMark recently tested the new iPhone 6S and assigned it the same score of 82 that the iPhone 6S received.
Their findings give it good marks for overall exposure, fast and accurate autofocus, reliable and pleasant white balance and good detail preservation. On the 'con' side, they found luminance noise visible, especially in low-light conditions. It had some color shading problems when taking pictures in indoor conditions, slightly yellow casting in outdoor conditions and occasional ghosting and other artifacts were noticeable.
These test results clearly show that Android smartphones now rule when it comes to their camera areas. Above the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 6S all with a score of 82 comes the Sony Xperia Z3+ at 82, Moto X Style an 83, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with an 83, as well as the LG G4. The new Huawei Nexus 6P scores an 84, the Galaxy S6 Edge scores an 86 and the new Sony Xperia Z5 is tops the list with a score of 87. As with all test scores, there are many contributing factors, especially the software, which LG, Samsung and Sony seem to have the most sophisticated – so next time you want to talk cameras, one can proudly defend our Android devices.