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iPhone buying guide: Should I buy an iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or wait for iPhone 7?

Karen Haslam | May 28, 2015
Should you buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, buy one of the older iPhones, wait for the iPhone 7 or keep the one you have? Here's our buying advice for prospective iPhone buyers.

iPhone buying guide: Which iPhone is best for photography?

None of today's cameraphones can replace a digital SLR for top-level photography, but iPhones are definitely getting better in this area, and rumour has it the iPhone 7 will come close. Over the iOS iterations we've gained a panoramic shooting mode, burst mode, slow-mo video recording, and various editing features.

The iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 all offer 8 megapixels. There were rumours that the new iPhones would offer more megapixels but they don't. Find out why that doesn't matter, and why megapixels aren't everything, in this article: Why it doesn't matter how many megapixels your iPhone has.

What the new iPhones do offer is improvements in the camera software. The iPhone 6 Plus features a camera with optical image stabilisation, which should help in taking pictures and video. While the iPhone 6 offers an improved camera with digital stabilisation.

When Apple launched the iPhone 5s they made much of the fact that sensor size is more important than the number of megapixels. When Apple launched that iPhone, rather than make the pixels smaller in order to increase the amount of pixels that can be fitted on the sensor, Apple increased pixel size to 1.5µm (from 1.4µm — those measurements are in micrometers) and kept the pixel count the same by using a 15 percent larger sensor. The new iPhones also offer these bigger pixels for better pictures.

Another new feature in the iPhone 5s was a True Tone Flash which was designed to make flash photography more flattering.

New camera features offered by the iPhone 6 Plus

  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Optical image stabilisation
  • Improved face detection
  • Panorama, up to 43 megapixels
  • 1080p HD video recording, 30 fps or 60 fps (was 30 fps)
  • Slo-mo video, 120 fps or 240 fps (was 120 fps)
  • Cinematic video stabilisation
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Improved face detection on both cameras
  • ’/2.2 aperture for FaceTime camera (compared to ’/2.4 aperture on iPhone 5s)
  • Auto HDR for photos and videos on FaceTime camera (previously Auto HDR only)
  • Burst mode on FaceTime camera

New camera features offered by the iPhone 6

  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Improved face detection
  • Panorama, up to 43 megapixels
  • 1080p HD video recording, 30 fps or 60 fps (was 30 fps)
  • Slo-mo video, 120 fps or 240 fps (was 120 fps)
  • Cinematic video stabilisation
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Improved face detection on both cameras
  • ’/2.2 aperture for FaceTime camera (compared to ’/2.4 aperture on iPhone 5s)
  • Auto HDR for photos and videos on FaceTime camera (previously Auto HDR only)
  • Burst mode on FaceTime camera

Camera features offered by the iPhone 5s that aren't in the iPhone 5c:

  • True Tone Flash (LED flash)
  • Slo-mo video at 120 fps
  • Auto HDR for photos on FaceTime camera
  • Burst mode

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