iPhone 6s camera addendum: 4K recording, selfie flash

We're just a few days before Apple's now confirmed September 9 event, so naturally the leaks and tips are rolling in full force. Aside from the case of the, well, case, or rather its slightly thicker size, the camera has been one of the most talked about expected features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Practically confirmed to have a 12 megapixel sensor, now sources are also saying that the smartphone will be capable of recording 4K videos from the get go. Plus, the FaceTime camera will, for the first time, have a flash.

It might sound almost ridiculous given the fast paced way smartphone makers upgrade their camera sensors, but moving from 8 to 12 megapixels is a huge jump for Apple, a company that never makes changes lightly. It is also one that doesn't subscribe to the religion of megapixel count. That said, more megapixels added to Apple's usual high-quality camera sensor can only mean good things.

One of those good things will be 4K video recording out of the box. Lately, Apple has been marketing heavily still and video content produced by the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With 4K videos, Apple can push that advertisement to the new generation of 4K UHD TVs proliferating the market. We do qualify "out of the box" here because there have been apps, like Vizzywig, that was able to offer that capability even on the iPhone 5s but using workarounds. No need for those now.

Apple won't be neglecting the front FaceTime cam either. It too will have a megapixel upgrade, though exact numbers aren't as clear in this case. There seems to be speculation, however, that it will at least have a front-facing LED flash, popular among selfie lovers. But again, no consensus on that feature.

Regardless, the iPhone 6s' cameras will definitely be the subject of much scrutiny when they do come out in two weeks' time. Apple has already sent out the invites to its event on 9th September, taking place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Those who won't have the privilege of being there in person can watch the livestream instead.

VIA: 9to5Mac