Photographer Puts the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus Through Their Paces in Iceland

While everybody was still speculating and chasing after rumors about the then unofficial iPhone 6, photographer Austin Mann was hopping a plane to Iceland with a 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in tow. His mission was to test these three phones out side-by-side and see if the major tech updates Apple made to the camera translate into real-world results.

Unsurprisingly, the answer to that question is yes, but the extent of that answer can be explored in the video above and, to a greater extent, on Mann’s blog.


Everything, from pano mode, to time-lapses, to video capability to the vastly improved autofocus was tested and in every regard the 6 and 6 Plus outperformed its predecessor noticeably.

The most dramatic and telling test, however, was the autofocus. Apple’s newest offerings feature on-sensor phase detection AF and it definitely wasn’t just a gimmick they put on the spec sheet.

When the 5S and 6 Plus are set one on top of the other and forced to shift focus from a rock to the water it’s thrown in, the 6 Plus is lightning quick while the 5S actually never refocuses at all.


This and a lot more is demonstrated in the video above, which was of course filmed entirely on the 6 and 6 Plus. And if you’d like to dive deeper into the details or see high res sample shots taken with all three smartphones, you can do so over on Mann’s blog, here.

(via The Verge)