Before the iPhone 7 hits – and however its camera performs – I just want to take a moment and acknowledge a milestone. The iPhone 6S (Plus) (or, essentially, iPhone SE) camera is truly a wonder. It's the first sensor that can see as well as my eyes can under basically all conditions. It exceeds the quality of the Canon Pro1 "prosumer" (between 'consumer' and 'DSLR' level) camera I had spent hundreds of dollars on just a handful of years ago. It also shoots hardware–stabilized 1080p video at 60fps, something that is just eons beyond the 720x480 30fps of my MiniDV camcorder of yore, and affords so much more flexibility and quality of experience. 1080p/60 on YouTube just looks incredible – it looks like the future. It's amazing to see technology progress like this. Just look:
Stunning stunning stunning.
Funnily enough, the camera was my biggest hesitation in upgrading from the 6 Plus to the 6S Plus – I worried that the bump from 8 to 12 megapixels would come at a cost to clarity; often, resolution increase is accompanied by an increased muddiness / blurriness. Fortunately, in pretty much all lighting conditions, the 6S series beats out the prior generation, often remarkably so. I even upgraded my mom to the iPhone SE from the iPhone 5, which on its own is an insane jump in quality when you really examine the photos. Looking at my own shots from the original iPhone, then 3G, then 3GS, then 4, then 6 Plus, then 6s Plus, two things really stand out: (1) these cameras have come FREAKING FAR – from a place of absolutely horrendous color and clarity, to a level of remarkable detail and accurate colors – and (2) the 6S really is a big jump forward; every generation up until this one has still looked definitively like an approximation of reality; the 6S approaches actually feeling like a truly accurate reproduction of a moment.