The iPhone 6S camera is a huge storage hog (but it might be worth it)

With a 12-megapixel camera, 4K video recording, and a new kind of photo that bursts into life when you press down on the screen, it’s natural to think that photos on the new Apple iPhone 6S might use up more space than its predecessors. But you might not be prepared for just how big the impact on your storage space can be.

If you buy a 16GB iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, and snap just 5 photos a day — without ever downloading a single app, email attachment, or game — you could be out of storage within six months. That’s how much data the iPhone 6S camera can consume. If you let it, anyhow.

I put it to the test in a side-by-side comparison with last year’s iPhone, and here’s what I found.

The Test

I spent two hours walking around downtown San Francisco with the new iPhone 6S Plus and last year’s iPhone 6 Plus for comparison. I shot dozens of still photos, Live Photos, some 1080p videos and 4K videos, even a quick panorama of the Oakland Bay Bridge. I made sure both phones captured the same perspective in every single scene. Then, I plugged each phone into my trusty laptop, jotted down the file sizes and totalled up the damage.

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