THE LOW-DOWN: The new iPhone 6 and 6+ have 8 megapixel sensors, and in the 6+ with optical image stabilisation. Autofocus is faster and the larger screens (11.75 and 13.75cm) make for better preview and review. Exposure compensation is now applied with a finger swipe. The new editing modules, available direct from the review screen, include clever tone and colour controls that work like continuously variable curves or levels – hard to describe but easy to use. The black and white conversion also has a sliding tone control. Editing video in the phone with iMovie is a breeze. The brilliant auto panorama can produce images up to 43 megapixels, and there is a time-lapse function.
LIKE: The exposure compensation control – a sun symbol on a thin line – is welcome. The integration of the new controls won’t disturb the point and shooters but will delight the serious photographer. Video quality is superb and there is slow motion available.
DISLIKE: Skin colour in bright sunlight is too ruddy, with a general tendency to over-saturate reds. RAW capture would be the icing on the cake.
VERDICT: The new iPhones’ obvious difference is in screen size – bringing them into line with the competition. Bigger – at least to 11.75cm – is better, and because it is thinner it is still the camera you will have with you. However, the elegant photo and movie editing functions that make the iPhone a joy to use are in the iOS8 operating system and can be accessed with all iPhones from 4s and iPads from 2. You might say Apple is giving away the best features of the new iPhones, but when you see the big screens you might find them irresistible.