Reviews of the cameras on the iPhones 6 (both models) have been overwhelmingly positive. The improved focus capabilities alone have separated the iPhone 6 from its competitors, as poor focus is arguably the primary cause of weak images with phone cameras.
But in reading most of these reviews I noticed one flaw coming up over and over: The iPhone 6 cameras have a serious contrast problem.
The images above and below were taken as part of one particularly excellent review of the iPhone 6 Plus camera, by Improve Photography. They clearly show a washed out look in many nature scenes, and plainly poor results for skin tones.
These images capture it well, but it wasn’t just this review that saw it. I read at least five reviews that talked about the same issue.
The good news is that it seems like an easily fixable software problem. I hope this gets addressed in the first patch for iOS 8, which we expect to see in less than a week.
- Another bug that’s been reported numerous places is the shutter speed reduction bug. Apparently the iPhones 6 are much slower at taking subsequent shots (when compared to the 5s) if you repeatedly hit the shutter button. Hopefully they’ll fix that in an update as well.
- In case anyone is wondering, I’m an Apple enthusiast. There’s no anti-iPhone bashing going on here.