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The iPhone 6S camera features a 12-megapixel sensor and 4K video

The iPhone 6S camera features a 12-megapixel sensor and 4K video

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The camera has long been a focus point for each new iPhone, and the one in the brand-new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is no different. The new 12-megapixel camera represents a significant leap in resolution over the 8-megapixel cameras the iPhone has had since 2012. Apple says the new camera also has improved autofocus and improved pixels for better color and image quality. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are also capable of capturing 4K video, a first for iOS devices.

Read next: The iPhone 6S review.

The front-facing camera has been upgraded to a 5-megapixel sensor, which is much higher resolution than earlier iPhone models. In addition, the entire iPhone display can light up and act as a flash for selfies, which seems like a silly feature, but probably works better than the LED flash on the front of other smartphones, such as the new Moto X.

Apple did not detail the lens on the new camera, but it appears that it again does not sit flush with the back of the phone, meaning your new iPhone won't rest seamlessly on a flat surface.

For software, Apple is introducing a new feature called Live Photos, which blends short video clips with still photos. It's very similar to the thing HTC tried with its Zoe feature on the One M7 (and sinced changed for later models), capturing a few seconds before and after you hit the shutter button and creating a short clip every time you snap a picture.

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