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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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