iPhone 6s Plus video

You have a big decision to make. That’s because iPhone pre-orders open up at 12:01 AM PDT. While things like color and storage size certainly matter, choosing the type of iPhone is an even bigger decision.

In a few hours, you’ll have to decide whether to go for the iPhone 6s or the larger iPhone 6s Plus. There are pluses and minuses associated with each device. For example, the iPhone 6s Plus is much less pocketable than the iPhone 6s.

But there’s one particular area of interest that makes the iPhone 6s Plus hands-down the right choice. If you plan on using your iPhone extensively for video, then the iPhone 6s Plus is a no brainer. Here’s why…

Optical image stabilization

The original iPhone 6 Plus featured optical image stabilization, but only for still photos. With the new iPhone 6s Plus, OIS works for both stills and video. That’s a very big deal.

OIS for video means much smoother movies when going handheld. Sure, there are solutions for mounting the iPhone on a tripod, but 99% of the time we’re holding our iPhones while shooting video. This generally results in camera shake, because our bodies are alway moving. Even if we try to be super still, we still have to breath, which induces camera shake.

With OIS in the new iPhone 6s Plus, video now benefits from the same stabilization present in still photos. OIS can make a huge difference when shooting video on a whim. It can be the difference between nauseating shakes and silky smooth footage.

Sadly, just like last year’s model, the iPhone 6s lacks OIS. That, in my opinion, makes the 6s Plus hands-down the right choice for videographers.

Better battery life

The last-gen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featured noticeable difference in battery life. While the iPhone 6 struggled to make it through a day, the 6 Plus could generally make it with a little life to spare. We can expect similar battery life differences this generation.

Considering that video is one of the most battery-intensive tasks one can engage in, you’ll want the device with the most battery life. Again, that’s the iPhone 6s Plus.

More pixels

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can both shoot 4K video. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to view that video at native resolution on your iPhone’s screen. Both screens have way less pixels than a 4K screen has, but the iPhone 6s is more egregious in its shortcomings, as it sports a 1334-by-750-pixel screen. The iPhone 6s Plus comes packed with a 1920-by-1080-pixel screen, which is still way less than 4K, but it’s closer than the iPhone 6s.

Bigger display

I’m kind of stating the obvious here, but the iPhone 6s Plus has a much larger display, which makes it easier to frame your subject when taking video. Any videographer will tell you that a bigger screen for previewing a shot is always better. The iPhone 6s Plus is by far the bigger screen.

So there you have it, folks. The iPhone 6s Plus is the better device for those of you serious about shooting video. It has a bigger display for framing you shot, it has more pixels, it has better battery life, and it features Optical image stabilization for video. I don’t think there’s any question as to which iPhone you should be looking at if you’re serious about video.

Now if you’re going to shoot lots of videos, you’ll most certainly want to thoughtfully consider storage size. I discuss storage size and what it means for 4K video in another post.

  • Alan Osborne

    Very good points to make, Jeff, thanks for the post.

    • DevXav

      And those are exactly the reasons why i will get the Plus.

  • alfonso hall

    I was slightly considering getting the 6s instead of the plus this year around. But, I know that I will be miss the display size. One handed use isn’t that bad being that I less errors because of the extra spacing of the keys. OIS has been such a useful feature for me at least. As I always snap photos and videos when I’m not standing still.

    • diggitydang

      Apparently (and according to the article), OIS is only used for pics, not video, on the original 6 Plus… I could’ve sworn my 6 Plus videos seemed more stable too though – hahaha!! Placebo effect???

      • alfonso hall

        If it were just for pics I would’ve settled for the 6. But it’s grown on me like I couldn’t have imagined. 6s Plus it is!!! Ready for the pre order madness tonight

      • burlow

        Both phones have digital image stabilization

      • diggitydang

        Oh yeah… Forgot that. That is probably why it was looking more stable. Thanks for clarifying!

  • Al

    I’m kind of surprised Apple did the OIS only for the 6s Plus again. I figured it woulda trickled down to the 6s… I was wondering what will be differentiator between the 6s & 6s Plus.

  • Joey

    If you’re serious about video, 128GB is for you.

    You’re welcome.

    • Jack Wong

      One more time.

      If you are serious about video, iPhone 6 Plus 128GB is for you.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        Just in case you don’t get it

        If you’re serious about video, 128GB is for you.

        You’re welcome.

      • Jack Wong

        lol I really don’t get it, I mean I don’t what you mean.

  • Jason Baroni

    The 6 Plus experience is amazing. The trade off I face is that it feels too big on the go, or in the middle of any exercise. To me the 6 Plus screen provides an amazing real estate experience, but I enjoy it most when I am not moving, really. This time I am going for the regular 6s.

  • Razick Rilshad

    6s plus is awesome

  • Joonyaboy

    Do you have a side-by-side showing the difference on a 6 and 6+ ?

  • Guy

    I’m gonna play the wait and see game. Not exactly excited the 6s / 6s Plus line.

  • Kilo Watt

    I love my 6 Plus. Go for the 6S Plus, you won’t regret it.

  • Snailpo

    What fps is the 4K shot in?