Camera shootout: The iPhone 6 Plus vs. DSLR

iPhone 6 Camera

The iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 come with a vastly improved cameras, with features like 1080p HD video at 60 FPS, slo-mo video at 240 FPS, time-lapse videos, continuous autofocus, focus pixels and cinematic video stabilisation.

The folks at Ars Technica pitted the iPhone 6 Plus’ advanced camera against a high-end $3400 Canon EOS 5D Mark III to see how the device compares to a dedicated, professional camera.

Low Light

Ars started off by comparing the performance of the two cameras in low-light conditions, a scenario that smartphone users commonly run into. The iPhone managed to shoot a photo that was quite dark with barely enough details to identify the objects. The DSLR, with tweaked settings, manages to capture much more details.

iPhone 6 Plus Low Light
iPhone 6 Plus Low Light
DSLR low light
DSLR low light

Details

The ability to capture detail is an important trait of a camera. The black lines captured by the iPhone are slightly fuzzy, whereas the lines are much clearer on the photo shot by a DSLR.

iPhone 6 Plus: Details
iPhone 6 Plus: Details
dslr details
DSLR details

Outdoors

Outdoor scenarios with plenty of light is where the iPhone 6 Plus excels. The iPhone 6 Plus camera captures a great photo with details, colors. While it’s certainly possible to capture a same or better photo on the DSLR, it requires a lot of tweaking, as compared to the iPhone’s auto adjustments.

iPhone 6 Plus: Lit up
iPhone 6 Plus: Lit up
DSLR: Zoomed, lit up.
DSLR: Lit up.

Studio setup

Ars also did a camera comparison in a make-shift product photography studio, with two camera-speedlights. As you see below, the photo taken with the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t very impressive, while the one taken with the DSLR is much better.

iPhone 6 Plus: Studio setup
iPhone 6 Plus: Studio setup
DSLR: Studio Setup
DSLR: Studio Setup

Ars concludes:

We’ve definitely got enough here to show that under many conditions, a smartphone that costs a few hundred dollars is mostly as good as a DSLR that costs eight-to-ten times as much.

So raise your iPhones up high and snap away—unless you need to spend a lot on a camera, you’re almost certainly fine. Step away from automatic shooting and learn the camera’s settings a bit, maybe, but don’t feel like you need to spend thousands to take better pictures.

For the entire comparison, which includes more side-by-side photos, head over to Ars.

What do you think about the comparison of the iPhone 6 Plus’ camera with high-end DSLRs? Let us know in the comments below.

Also see:

Pulitzer prize winning photographer reviews the iPhone 6 Camera

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