Whenever a new iPhone comes out, my first thought is, “Should I upgrade for the camera?”
While I weigh other concerns when upgrading — mainly price and how my old phone is holding up — the most enticing feature of any new phone for me is a camera.
I’ve been using an iPhone 6s for the past six months or so. It’s a great phone, and I’ve never had any problems with it. And since I had upgraded from an iPhone 5s, and I could easily see a difference in the quality of my photos.
But when the iPhone 8 came out, I wondered if it would be a major upgrade from my current phone — after all, the iPhone 6s is now two years old.
I decided to spend a few weeks photographing my life with both phones, side-by-side, to decide which camera I like better, then selected a handful of shots that showcased the cameras’ differences.
Take a look at the results:
When comparing the specs of the two phones, I noticed a few major differences between the two.
Both phones sport a 12-megapixel rear camera, auto-HDR, have exposure controls, and have a 5X digital zoom.
But the iPhone 6s has an f/2.2 aperture while the iPhone 8 has an f/1.8 aperture. This means the iPhone 8’s camera is able to let in more light, making for better shots in low light and sharper images overall.
The iPhone 8 also has optical image stabilization (OIS), a six-element lens (compared to the iPhone 6s’ five-element lens), wide color capture, and a quad-LED True Tone flash with slow sync.
I primarily focused on testing the phone’s abilities in low light, since that was the biggest change from the iPhone 6s.