How can you tell if your smartphone’s camera is good or not? By the number of megapixels, right? Apparently megapixels don’t mean what they used to mean. Geoffrey A. Fowler compares Apple’s 8-megapixel iPhone 6 to the 16-megapixel camera in Samsung’s Galaxy S5:
Apple arch-rival Samsung includes a 16-megapixel camera in its Galaxy S5 phone. The main camera on the latest upgrades to the iPhone line still has just 8 megapixels. Yet the images from both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the best I’ve tested on a phone to date.
What makes the iPhone 6 so special?
The iPhone 6 boasts an improved sensor and a focus technology called phase-detection, both of which shine in dark or fast-moving situations. On the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple also included optical image stabilization to the lens, to help accommodate for shaky hands, particularly in low light when shutter speeds are slower.
Fowler’s photo comparisons are striking.