iPhone 6 camera receives mixed reviews: Is there an Achilles heel, or is it a victim of high expectations?


posted Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM EDT


Now that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have landed, the reviews are pouring in -- including some which focus on the new models' photo features. Yesterday, we reported on an extremely positive review from the folks at DxO Labs, claiming these new cameraphones to be the best they've tested yet. Not every review is quite so positive, though.

Tom's Guide, the consumer products offshoot of tech blog Tom's Hardware, has just posted an article decrying the new phones' white balance and purple fringing around strong highlights. Their contention: that these issues are exacerbated by the new iOS 8 update, which ships by default on these new iPhone models. A number of comparisons are provided, both against the Android-based Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as Apple's previous-generation iPhone 5 and 5S, running on both the iOS 7 and iOS 8 releases.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sport an update camera, but how does it perform in the real world?

Although the testing is not exactly scientific and rigorous -- framing varies significantly from shot to shot -- it's interesting in that for these comparisons at least, the Samsung does look better. And perhaps not terribly surprising, either, given that by DxO's own measure there's actually not a whole lot to separate the best Android and iOS cameras from each other, other than in the autofocus department. It stands to reason that in such a close race, both platforms are going to triumph at least part of the time.

What do you think, early adopters: Are the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus cameras living up to your expectations? Sound off in the comments below!