DxO mark has given the camera in the Apple iPhone 6s a score of "82." That can be contrasted to the score of the camera in the iPhone 6, which was 82, and the one in the iPhone 6+ (which I own). That one got...an 82.
The next score up from 82 is "H" and the score just below 82 is "Orange." Sorry, need meds.
But here's the thing: I use the iPhone because of what it does as a smartphone. Not because of the camera it has in it. I do use the camera in it, but only because...it's the camera that's in it. So why review these cameras-in-phones? I'm not sure I quite see the point.
Of course, I could be ignorant, and missing something. What's the other kind of phone called? The non-Apple ones? Zombie or something like that? Automaton, Cyborg, Bot? I can't remember. I am not of that world. Maybe if you use Automabot smartphones you compare cameras and buy your phone based on the camera it has?
Speaking of Apple, they* just released a whole new lineup of iMacs with 4k and 5k Retina displays. Here's our review. And do we recommend these for photography? Oh mos def.
*Did you know that a company is properly referred to as "it" in standard copyediting? "They" is demotic and improper in written English, despite its widespread use.
[UPDATE: ANDROID. I knew I'd get it. When you get older, it's not that you forget things, it's just that it takes longer to search the database. Takes the hard drive longer to spin up.
On the good side, there's more in there: the average 60-year-old knows four times as much as the average 20-year-old. Not about gaming—or zombies, since I brought that up—but still.
We also have an utterly delightful habit of using 20-years-out-of-date slang as if it were the latest thing, like "mos def," but we're all pretty sure that young people are charmed by that.]
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Derek: "I was in the tiny minority that would actually choose a phone based on its camera. I just switched to Apple this year because I thought maybe the cameras had gotten good enough. But alas not, even in bright daylight all my photos have an interesting watercolor-esque artifacting pattern. You can't see it if you're just looking at the phone screen, but pop it a decent sized monitor and ugh, no thanks.
"But maybe the real issue is I don't actually like taking phone pictures. Phones are awkward to hold, they are not responsive as cameras, and I vastly prefer composing shots in a viewfinder. My millennial peers seem to have no issue with the above complaints, including some who are avid photography hobbyists. So perhaps I should just put on my curmudgeon ribbon and crawl back in my DSLR/X-T1 hole."
Adam Lanigan: "Even Mos Def himself thinks it's out of date these days, having changed his name to Yasiin Bey a few years back."
Ed Hawco: "Regarding 'Did you know that a company is properly referred to as "it" in standard copyediting? (...)' you're only partially correct. In standard American usage it is 'it,' but in standard British usage the collective noun for a company or entity is the plural 'they.' I much prefer the American usage. A company is a single entity, even if it is made up of numerous people. But when a company does something, it is acting as a single unit, and legally it is a single unit.
"Another common British vs. American conflict is where you place punctuation at the end of a quotation. Brits 'do it like this'. Americans .do it like this.' (Again, I prefer the American way, although strictly speaking the British way is more logical and less problematic.)
"I have the luxury of being a Canadian, where we are perpetually torn between British and American usage. Most of the time I lean towards American usage, as it is generally a bit more evolved."