iPhone 6S camera: 12 megapixel photos, 4K video recording

A lot has been said thus far about “the biggest camera jump ever” expected to grace Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones. A report Thursday by 9to5Mac attempts to bring Apple’s next-generation camera technology into full view.


According to sources who spoke with author Mark Gurman, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will introduce “a major revamp” to the camera system that ostensibly includes a twelve-megapixel iSight sensor out the back that can capture video in full 4K resolution, in addition to a simple software trick designed to bring flash support to the FaceTime camera out the front.

4K video capture
The upcoming phones will be the first iPhones capable of recording video in full 4K resolution. Again, significantly greater pixel count versus the full HD video capture on current iPhones will result in much sharper videos that should look stellar on 4K TV sets.

FaceTime camera gets an upgrade, too
The front-facing camera which Apple refers to as FaceTime is about to see significant improvements in the imaging department. The current front-facing sensor captures video in 720p—enough to warrant branding the FaceTime camera with the HD suffix. However, it takes grainy still images at a paltry 1.3-megapixel resolution.

We reported earlier this year that Apple had been testing 4K video recording support for this year’s iPhone upgrade, while earlier reports out of the supply chain also indicated that the new iPhone could receive a 12-megapixel camera sensor. It’s unclear whether the sensor is actually 12-megapixel native, or a 13-megapixel sensor cropped for digital image stabilization purposes. Besides an overhauled camera system on the front and back, the new iPhone will include a Force Touch display focused on shortcutting features around iOS 9, new Apple Watch-like animated wallpapers for an enhanced user interface, a faster A9 processor with improved graphics for gaming and displaying video content, and more efficient Qualcomm-built cellular chips. Apple will announce the new iPhones alongside the next-generation Apple TV at an event in San Francisco on September 9th.

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