iPhone 6 iSight camera

As expected, Apple has elected to stay with 8 megapixels for the iPhone 6’s rear camera, but it is made a number of other improvements. The camera comes in at 1.5µ pixels, with a ƒ/2.2 aperture, true tone flash, and an all-new image sensor, which Apple says has ‘focus pixels.’ Apparently these pixels do “phase detection” autofocus, which amounts to autofocus that’s twice as fast as the 5s’ camera.

Apple says that with the new technology it’s added to its iSight camera, face detection is faster, and blink / smile detection is much improved. Also Panoramas can be up to 43 megapixels now. This is where things get a little dicey, the iPhone 6 has digital image stabilization, but the 6 Plus has optical image stabilization. The latter moves the lens around to adjust for shakiness and things like that.

As for video capabilities, the cameras can record video at 1080p at 30 or 60fps, or slow-motion at 240fps. Both iPhone models will feature “cinematic video stabilization,” which also attempts to eliminate shakiness during filming. To wrap it up, Apple says the front facing (or FaceTime) camera has also been upgraded for taking “those killer selfies.” It also mentions “burst selfies,” but doesn’t elaborate.

  • Kamal Ahmad

    Dissapointing.

    • MaxCox

      Next year bro. iPhone 7/7 Plus they will actually update the camera’s megapixels and with at least an f1.8 aperture for more light compared to the current f2.2. Apple = minor upgrades each year. Whatever they don’t do one year, they will do the following year.

    • cloudlife

      Here’s the big problem. When you set down your iphone 6 (without a case), the first thing it’ll hit is the lens. My guess is that this sensitive part will likely fail early on.

    • Indian Food

      Megapixels don’t matter – so if that’s what you’re disappointing by, do some research on cameras. Unless you’re blowing your photo up on a projector, why are you worrying? Instagram, Facebook, really? This camera is going to be awesome.

      • toortoor

        another “megapixel doesn’t matter, your pics look the same on facebook/social media”?? yes, go ahead and store your memories only for social media, that’s all you are “ever” gonna use them for, right!
        I remember there were similar arguments about bigger screen phones and NFC before finally apple decided to feature them.

        I guess you don’t even need a phone, you can always your works/friends phone to make call .

      • James Gunaca

        Here we go again…

        Megapixels matter less than the sensor. Simple as that. Compare an 8MP Nikon DSLR to a 8MP Cybershot and you know what makes the images different? The sensor!

      • Kamal Ahmad

        Don’t you think they could’ve added 4k Recording Perhaps? I believe 8 megapixels is enough to support 4k.
        Also the A8 chip should’ve at least been 1.5 times faster.

      • James Gunaca

        iPhone 6s ought to do the trick…sadly that’s how they roll.

      • Jay

        Megapixels may not matter as much, but that doesn’t make them insignificant. There’s a clear distinction between 8 MP and 16 or even 12.

      • James Gunaca

        I will agree that they aren’t insignificant, but they don’t make better pictures on their own.

      • Jay

        Yes, but resolution is resolution – no matter how good the sensor is, if 8 MP isn’t enough to give me to zoom in on on a laptop screen in 2014, the usefulness of the picture is essentially limited to mobile phone use. It’s not practical; and if it’s not practical, why even bother with the concept of replacing a point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone?

      • James Gunaca

        I’ve printed plenty of 8MP pictures and they look fine. We live in a digital age. And an 8MP photo also looks good on a big screen tv. So, again, not the biggest concern with respect to quality images.

      • Jay

        Now try cropping it or “zooming in after the fact,” and revel in the garbage that is pixellation. And we’re not necessarily talking about printing or 8.5×11 inches here. If it’s all about the sensor regardless, they’re doing an awful job with it.

  • David Gitman

    Best live event ever

    • Domodo

      I hope they’re paying you to say this.

      • David Gitman

        sarcasm my friend. sarcasm

      • Domodo

        IDC… I’m so freaking pissed right now… waited for so long just to listen to some Asian chit chat and mash the reload button because Apple did such a great job making sure the stream doesn’t just randomly stop out of the blue every 10 seconds. Also, nice job Safari team for making the browser straight up crash numerous times in the process.
        What a joke.

      • MikeOxlong

        Glad the safari crashing wasn’t just me then…

      • Kate

        but the real question is why were you guys using safari

      • David Gitman

        because apple not allowing other browsers

      • MikeOxlong

        Well, it might have something to do with the requirements to watching the keynote live. Maybe…

      • Jay

        I hope you’re not really this slow.

    • disqus_H0fMMSarva

      the stream crashed because too many people were trying to access it. The last hour the stream worked fine. U2 showing up was already worth the admission itself.

  • Chris Tangler

    well unless youre at the event, doesnt look like you get to see it. doesnt look like many people are actually watching the event with this crap stream (or lack there of).

  • Umut Bilgiç

    OIS too!

  • Martin 

    The stream is soooo shitty ! I hate it!

    • Andy

      Kinda ironic how the stream is crashing my Safari on iPad Air. I don’t even have any other apps open.

      • Domodo

        Safari on both my Mac and iPhone keep crashing. Not only is the stream a giant turd, so is the software they force us to use. hahahaha

      • Martin 

        I watched on Apple TV 3 and it sucks.

  • vergilvsdant

    i keep loop back to the beginning ==

  • Onyxus_Music

    Prices! :O

  • jack

    WORST KEYNOTE EVER

  • Chang in Charge

    That 8mp is super disappointing no matter what isight improvements they announce

  • Dan

    well this is not particularly impressive, so far the only upside to upgrading is a bigger screen

  • MagicDrumSticks
  • MaxCox

    iPhone 5s camera – 1.5 microns, ƒ/2.2 with 33% increase in light sensitivity.

    iPhone 6/6 Plus – 1.5µ pixels, with a ƒ/2.2 aperture.

    So basically it’s the same camera with the same specs except now they are adding more technology for face detection and image stabilization. Time to wait and see what the iPhone 7 brings to the table in terms of how they update the camera and the specs. Adding minor things like image stabilization and better face detection isn’t really that big of an update.

  • jocastro

    gosh suppperrrr boooorrrriiinnnngggggggg……… Nothing new here people…

  • Waleed

    didn’t get what i expected

    • MaxCox

      This is what happens when you put too much into a company hoping for bigger and better things. Apple only does minor upgrades each year. They didn’t update the megapixels for the camera, but opted for better face detection and image stabalisation. Next year for the iPhone 7, they will actually update the camera and will probably lower the f stop to 1.8 to allow more light than the current f2.2.

  • hkgsulphate

    omg the design….

  • Star Lord

    I hate they give OIS to 5.5 inch one. I don’t want that big phone and also i want top specs. 🙁 And wtf with the 8MP camera? I know good sensor but still..

  • Dev Shah

    Apple will always upgrade their camera & processors better in the “S” models.!
    e.g. iPhone 4s & 5s
    #Disapointed

  • n0ahcruz3

    So basically 8megs with OIS. :/

  • utsav koju

    if apple want to prove itself as a king in mobile computing.It needs to impress on overall department. Check nokia’s camera they are way better. Even 2 years old nokia’s phone beat apple latest innovation while it comes to photography. Good job apple. You are moving on a good direction. 🙂

  • 1.2 mega pixel facetime camera only??? Really?? When others already 5 mega pixel..

    • Jhonatan Kendall Del Rosario

      cheap phone already has 2.4 “cheap phones” smh

  • disqus_H0fMMSarva

    It’s funny how android users who probably had no intentions of buying this phone is complaining and whining about megapixels. Get a life you fools. show some respect while your at it. Even if it had a 14 mega pixel, you clowns will find another reason to attack it. Android users is a pathetic community of hateful people. You guys get offended when someone pulls out an iphone a get a life.

    • Jhonatan Kendall Del Rosario

      u should get a life too and lets android phone say watherver they want, am iphone user but true is true never mind who said, i just use iphone cause the jailbreak add amazinng features and cool customisation. the left at 5 5s 6 are same thing with minor upgrade and costing houndred of dollars more that apple do years by years cause comformist like u clap all they bullshit… note am a iphone user and i dont like android os in noway but the device are good and android always bring majors features in each upgrade and no only a larger screen with the same camera with faster focus

    • dude. I’m an apple fan. I just think it’s not good enough of new iPhone 6/6 plus. It’s not a big upgrade from 5s. Bigger screen, better processor, slight better hardware. It doesn’t really make difference from 5s. I’m still happy with iPhone 5 and did not even upgrade to 5s.

  • toortoor

    Can “I” comprehend? are you kidding me?

    your point was above 8mpx doesn’t matter for average user,there is just “social media quality” and “blown up on a projector quality”, and the area in between is not important or doesn’t exist.
    that’s pretty much the gist of what you said.

    and “6mpx blowing away 40mpx” how did you calculate that? it’s funny

    yes, lots of factors decide image quality, including sensor size, optical lens quality, and optical image stabilizers, etc,as well as mpx (which may not be as important as the others or very advantageous above 20-22mpx)

    but you “assume” that all the other phones have “only” improved mpx and with the other factors not having been improved, mpx will not matter much, or maybe you think mpx doesn’t matter, period. right?

    iPhone 5s already being top of the line:
    tinyurl[.]com/lw2vz4u
    and with iPhone 6 featuring the same camera,
    yeah.., we are winners.

    only until apple decides to go up in mpx in a 1-2years, and at that time, I guess something in the world has changed that will make it matter by then, my bet is global warming 🙂

  • toortoor

    Can “I” comprehend? are you kidding me?

    your point was above 8mpx doesn’t matter for average user,there is just “social media quality” and “blown up on a projector quality”, and the area in between is not important or doesn’t exist.
    that’s pretty much the gist of what you said.

    and “6mpx blowing away 40mpx” how did you calculate that? it’s funny

    yes, lots of factors decide image quality, including sensor size, optical lens quality, and optical image stabilizers, etc,as well as mpx (which may not be as important as the others or very advantageous above 20-22mpx)

    but you “assume” that all the other phones have “only” improved mpx and with the other factors not having been improved, mpx will not matter much, or maybe you think mpx doesn’t matter, period. right?

    iPhone 5s already being top of the line:
    tinyurl[.]com/lw2vz4u
    and with iPhone 6 featuring the same camera,
    yeah.., we are winners.

    only until apple decides to go up in mpx in a 1-2years, and at that time, I guess something in the world has changed that will make it matter by then, my bet is global warming 🙂

  • Jan Erik Edvartsen

    To say it’s the same exact camera as in the iPhone 5 is just wrong. What makes up a camera? The sensor. The lens elements. The image stabilisation. All of these components have been improved or replaced. I’d rather have a better low-light performer with less chromatic aberration, better image stabilisation and less flare than simply a file that you can print insanely big.

  • Nathan Connolly

    What is the height and length of the sensor? The total area?

  • it is not about how many pixels a camera may have? it is about lens, about aperture and other factors that are responsible for a sharp and clear images.