The best reason to upgrade to iPhone 6s Plus: optical image stabilization


4K video is better on iPhone 6s Plus.
4K video is better on iPhone 6s Plus.
Photo: Apple

If you want to record the smoothest 4K video with an iPhone, skip the 6s and go with the 6s Plus.

The two new iPhones appear to be identical in almost every way except screen size, but in a new 4K video comparing the digital stabilization of the iPhone 6s against the optical/digital stabilization on the iPhone 6s Plus, the new camera on Apple’s bigger-than-big iPhone is clearly superior.

Check it out for yourself:

The folks at Giga Tech shot the comparison video above that highlights the iPhone 6s Plus’ extra stability. You can definitely notice a bit more shake on the iPhone 6s side. Of course if you’re trying to get perfectly still, pro-quality 4K video from an iPhone you’re going to need a dolly or a gimbal anyway.

While both new iPhones offer video stabilization, the iPhone 6s only has digital image stabilization which isn’t as effective when recording 4K. Giga says that the digital stabilization on the 6s does work much better when recording Full HD videos though.

  • RyanTV

    So, what you are saying is that, in that respect, they are exactly like the current-gen iPhones. Great article.

    • Piscean1

      But with the addition of optical image stabilization, it’s caught up with Windows Phone 2 years ago. That’s cool.

      • ShitIconSays

        that was in the current gen phones…

      • RaptorOO7

        Only in the 6 Plus, the 6 did not have it.

      • Dragan

        6 Plus has it also

      • iOS FTW

        Hahaha. ‘Windows phone’.
        I’d rather stick pins in my eyes than be subjected to that hideous UI day in and day out.

    • Helles99

      Current gen doesn’t have 12mp rear camera though.

      • RaptorOO7

        So because they finally bumped the camera specs up from 4 years ago they deserve an applause. this is the problem with people today. Accepting of mediocrity when they should be expecting MORE. The 6/6S (not the Plus models) should ALSO have OIS, it should not be a defining feature. Lots of users do not want a 5.5″ phone, I personally do so I got the 6 Plus and now the 6S Plus, but I also had the S6, S6 Edge, and will likely get the larger Nexus.

      • Helles99

        Sure and that is understandable as well. The iPhone need a better low light filter, OIS, and it’s time the screen got a big upgrade. There are plenty of phones put there that have far better than 1080p screens and it’s time Apple caught up. In the end, the only difference between the iPhone 6s and 6s plus should be the Size and battery life for obvious reasons.

  • Grits n Gravy

    Or you could just buy a 6+ and get the same feature….

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  • Nathan

    I would have loved that feature but the 6s Plus is too large for me and isn’t comfortable in my hands so I had to go with the 6s.

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  • Superior

    The inferiority complex of these ‘we had this first’ trolls is hilarious.
    I drive a lovely German car. Do you want to know how many times I have been to Ford/Kia/Chevy/etc forums?
    Never once.