Finally, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus – the most expensive smart phones in the world and arguably the best and most loved by its owners, as qualified by the Cupertino tech giant, get 4K video recording. Even though the vital video feature wasn’t a key focus point during the presentation as it was quickly brushed over in favour of 3D Touch (force touch) and the new 12 MP iSight camera with Live Photos, the presence of high fidelity Ultra HD video means that finally the iPhone can catch up in the video resolution department to most of their Android rivals. Resolution doesn’t always equal quality of course. The iPhone iSight camera in the current iPhone 6/6+ is widely praised for producing superb images, and with 50% more pixels the new one should impress. 8MP photos from a 4K video capture is also possible.
More on the 12 MP sensor in the new iSight camera from Apple:
… the new 12MP sensor uses advanced pixel technology. Every pixel in the sensor has been re-engineered to prevent crosstalk between the sub-pixels, meaning we could fit a lot more pixels in the sensor for a sharper photo that has less noise and truer colour. iPhone 6s Plus features optical image stabilisation for videos in addition to photos, so you can get great shots in low light. And the 5MP FaceTime HD camera also includes Retina Flash to achieve perfectly lit selﬁes. When you use Retina Flash, a custom display chip drives the display to flash three times brighter than usual. Combined with True Tone technology, Retina Flash provides the perfect lighting for whatever environment you’re shooting in.
- 4K video recording (3,840 x 2,160) at 30 fps
- 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
- 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
- Optical image stabilisation for video (iPhone 6s Plus only)
- True Tone flash
- Slow motion video at 1080p/120 fps and 720p/240 fps
- Time-lapse video with stabilisation
- Cinematic video stabilisation (1080p and 720p)
- Continuous autofocus video
- Improved noise reduction
- Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
- Playback zoom
- 3x zoom
- Face detection
- Video geotagging
You can also download a 4K video shot with the iPhone 6S Plus here (.mov)
The new iPhones are made of 7000 series aluminium, which is aircraft grade, and should be much more difficult to bend. Unless you do it on purpose. The new A9 chip brings 64bit architecture and desktop class CPU and GPU performance at the tip of your fingers, which is 70& faster than CPU’s (90% faster GPU) of the previous generation smart phones.
Gaming and editing on the go (if you are in to that) should be a breeze. The Live Photos features seems very interesting and dare I say groundbreaking, in making your images literally come to life in a stitched string of photos.
Both phones feature a Retina HD display with 3D Touch, with the smaller iPhone 6S model getting the same 4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen with 1334 x 750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi and 1400:1 contrast ratio from the previous generation (except for the new 3D Touch technology addition), while the bigger Plus model gets a Full 1080p 401 ppi touchscreen with 1300:1 contrast ratio and Optical Image Stabilisation for video.
The new colour is Rose Gold added to the existing Space Grey, Silver and Gold. Pricing starts at £539/£619 in the UK and $649/$749 for the base models. Pre-orders start this Saturday – 12th September with shipping commencing in two weeks time on 25th September.
For more head over to Apple.