TLDR: the camera is good, scroll for a lot of images.
Back in 2011 as I was dropping from school and entering into this "I will be making living as a pro photographer" madness I've bought used heavily beatup Canon 1DsMkII it was and still is great piece of equipment which for what I was doing back then (mostly big strobes portraiture/advertising work) served well for good two years until early 2013 when I bought the original Fuji X100 which was the camera that changed way I approached heck, not just photography, but life in general. It sets me in motion and I have to say, I pretty much haven't stop since. In 2014 I got myself great X-T1 and later X100T. But I've never had an iPhone until later last year (2014) when I bought used old 4S. You see, coming from this "traditional" photography background I was always told "yeah, yeah, you cannot print photos from iphone..and REAL photographers always prints!" so I kinda didn't take iPhone as a photographer's tool seriously.
Boy, was I wrong.
I found myself using my iPhone so much, that I upgraded from 4S to 6 (bought iPhone 6 with cracked screen for around 400$, put it in lifeproof case and have been very happy with it) and aside from the fact that it enables me to take my nomadic travel lifestyle to another level, I found myself taking photos and videos with it pretty exclusively and not really missing my "real" cameras anymore.
If we like it or not, when you look around, pretty much everyone stares into those fucking screens almost all the time. So to me, using the same device for creation and consumption seems like a quite logical step. I mean, I love me some nice strobe lit portrait shot on medium format camera, but when I see photos shot on mobile device they just feels more..relatable (is that even a word?) and real than those bokehilicious dslr shots.
Making it in photography is hard, you know, like, fucking hard. And if you have the balls to make it, and you want it bad enough, you'll make it shooting amazing photos with your iPhone.. I'm in this stage of life when I'm pissed off on all those fucking marketing people, trying to shove a new lens or camera or tripod or fucking phone to my ass every couple months.
I've became a photographer to see and capture the world and to at least try to create some legacy here, not to buy new fucking overpriced piece of gear every couple of months.
Umm, anyways, iPhone 6 camera review: I've spent last weeks exploring, wandering, tent dwelling, sailing and shooting photos and videos with my iPhone and yeah, the camera is good enough both for stills and videos for, I would say like 99% creators out there. The ability to shoot, process, share in one usb powered device is just sweet, no more fucking lightroom-cave all night runs. and no point bitching about lowv image quality, because everyone will see your photos on their phones anyway, so..yeah. as for the apps, I like vsco, I like enlight, I like filmicpro for shooting videos, I like hyperlapse for timelapse and handheld video and I like videograde for colouring videos and iMovie for editing. I also think that vertical video and timelapses are the new storytelling shit, especially on instagram. From time to time I'm missing the wider and longer lens, but I'll try to get in touch with people who are making moment lenses maybe they'll be up to making some deal together, I've read they make really good lenses and priced at 100$ a piece, I will maybe even buy them.
I don't know man, the more I travel and the more I live just with my backpack and girl, I'm like "okay, this really is an amazing planet and having this life is such a great opportunity" and "why the fuck are all these people in the malls buying all this shit?" and I know I'm kinda contradicting myself bitching against consumerism in something which originally should be review of an iPhone camera which should help other photographers and artist out there decided whether it's worth buying one.
I'm just trying to write something I would want to read and what I would find helpful back when I was starting in photography and actually read and cared about other people's opinions.
Ok, I'm not exactly sure I'm creating any value for anyone with these ramblings of a mad man so.. iPhone camera is good enough since iPhone 4s, be happy with what you have and don't fucking spent your hard earned money on shit someone told you need to be a better photographer-go see places ,get some new experiences,create something new and have fun instead. Oh, and don't listen to anyone.
Good luck and shoot me if questions.