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iPhone 11 Pro vs. DSLR – In Depth Camera Comparison – Krazy Ken's Tech Misadventures


– Cute animals, people, flowers, all of these good things look great on camera, but do they look better on a DSLR, or do they look better on Apple's latest iPhone 11 Pro? You know, there's only one way to find out, and we're gonna dive into a deep comparison, and you're coming with me, let's go (electronic music) Hey guys, how you all doing? Really, that's just great

You know, I'm doing pretty great today too, because I have my friends with me, Canon and iPhone 11 Pro They're really the only friends I have So, Apple updated the camera system in the iPhone 11 Pro and in the iPhone 11, and it's pretty remarkable But can it replace a DSLR? There's weak points and strong points Let's take a look at them right now, and you may be thinking, Ken, this is a totally unfair comparison

Yes, of course it's an unfair comparison I'm not trying to say what is better, because I don't really think anything is better than anything else It's very subjective I'm just showing you what the differences are Come on, let's take a look

We're gonna look at optical image stabilization for video, small details and noise, dynamic range, portrait photography, then a little mystery surprise that will test your skills, so, stick around for that, then we'll finish off with Night Mode and some other low-light photos So, to start with I've got to say the optical image stabilization in the iPhone 11 Pro is stellar Here is me using the iPhone 11 Pro next to the Canon DSLR here I did notice when I took a closer look at it there was sometimes a little bit of a jerking motion, and I believe that was the auto-focus kicking in I tested it again with the auto-focus disabled, and I didn't notice the jerking motion

So, keep that in mind if you wanna do a nice dolly handheld shot Turn off the auto-focus, and then everything will look great, and even just looking at this video you can see the dynamic range is so much better too You don't get all those blown out details like we did with this particular DSLR Now, mind you different DSLRs, different mirrorless cameras, different cinema cameras will all handle dynamic range differently But in my case, these were the two things I used

But now, let's dive into something else We're gonna take a look at the small details and the noise So, on the left I have a photo taken with the iPhone 11 Pro and on the right a photo taken with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Now, I'm putting the metadata here for the settings that were used on each device, but keep in mind, that stuff is relative as well ISO 200 is gonna perform very differently on a DSLR than it is on an iPhone

iPhones use pretty low ISO The focal lengths were also the same, give or take a millimeter or two So, the focal length is really small on here, 'cause it's a small lens, but the effective focal length is about 50-ish But now let's zoom in and look at some details I scaled these up in Photoshop by 300% using a nearest neighbor re-sampling, which means all the pixels are scaled proportionally to preserve the detail

It's not do any tricks to try to soften or enlarge stuff It's all consistent On the iPhone 11 Pro photo, you'll see that we're getting a bit of an impressionist painting effect My friend Delta calls it that, and that's probably because of the noise reduction and some of the other processing that the automatic camera settings inside the Camera app are doing So, you'll notice we don't have a lot of noise and grain in the iPhone photo compared to the DSLR photo, but we're getting that kind of blotchy painting look instead and we're also getting a bit of a fringe around those flower petals

So, we're losing a good amount of detail in those small little areas On the DSLR, we don't lose that Yes, we have a little bit more noise, but that's relatively easy to correct with a little bit of noise reduction On the iPhone though, we lose some of that quality Here's another example with a different flower, and you'll see if zoom in again, you'll notice we get a bit of that splotchiness, and the details just aren't as fine

This one looks quite a bit better than the other one Now, I just wanna make a note here You may not see the full quality of this stuff over YouTube compression, so there is a link in the description where you can take a look at these slides in full res PNG beautiful Ultra HD quality So, go ahead and take a look at that Also, I do wanna note when it comes to the DSLR I was using all manual settings, except for white balance and when using the iPhone 11 Pro I was using all of the automatic settings, because I wanted to test out how Apple's brain in the camera works compared to how my brain works operating a camera by hand

But to try to keep it somewhat fair, I tried to spend no more than 10 to 15 seconds setting up my manual shots on the DSLR However, for the sake of this somewhat loose experiment, I decided to do something different On this photo, I skipped all of Apple's automatic magic and I went full manual using Adobe Lightroom on my phone One is shot in RAW, one is shot in JPG Using the JPG mode we're getting a little bit of that impressionist painting look again

So, it must be applying some kind of compression or other post-processing that I'm not fully aware of, but I can see it happening, 'cause in the RAW, exact same settings, taken within seconds of the other photo, or vice versa, we see that noise, but we don't see that splotchiness, because it's RAW And the cool thing is with a little bit of correction, we can actually make that RAW photo look pretty dang good That flower looks really beautiful, and that was shot on this iPhone 11 Pro, but using the RAW mode inside of Lightroom, not Apple's automatic Camera app And then I took the photo, made some adjustments inside of Lightroom with exposure, highlight, shadows, vibrance, and noise reduction, and that looks pretty frickin' good for a cell phone photo Here's another example with something that's not a flower, but a bird instead

iPhone 11 Pro and the Canon 7D Mark II, let's zoom in You'll see we're getting that painting look again around the details of the eye and those feathers on the 11 Pro, but on the Canon those details are preserved Here's another example with some more flowers, and I want to point out another thing here too You'll notice on the Canon 7D photo the background is blurred out a lot more The bokeh, the blurriness, is way bigger than on the 11 Pro

This Canon has a really, really big sense, well, that's the mirror, but imagine the mirror was up There's a really big sensor on the inside of this thing that is ginormous compared to the tiny little senors inside of this guy The bigger the sensor, the bigger the bokeh, and yes, the focal lengths were identical give or take a millimeter or two So, that is why the optical depth of field looks so much bigger, that it looks so much more shallow, excuse me, on the DSLR photo compared to the iPhone photo Now, yes, the iPhone has that awesome Portrait Mode which multiple cameras can work together with software to computationally blur out the background through magical software

It can be kind of finicky at times, but if your subject is framed right, the effect works really well, and I'll show you that in a moment Let's zoom in here again As you see, you get some of that fringy-ness and splotchiness even, especially with the out of focus parts on the grass You can really see that kind of painting effect kicking in there, whereas on the Canon photo those fine details are preserved So, let's move to a different aspect

Let's talk about dynamic range for a second I took my trusty old iPhone 7 and pitted it against the iPhone 11 Pro, again, with automatic settings inside of Apple's Camera app So, one with the iPhone 7 has no HDR and the iPhone 11 Pro has Smart HDR Generation 2 kicking in and as you'll notice it looks like we were able to preserve quite a bit of that sky in there and that color in the iPhone 11 Pro photo The one thing threw me off though is that those leaves look now like overly fake So, it's almost like the HDR effect, in my opinion, was going a little too strong there

You can turn it off in the settings though if you wish So, now I'm gonna do some portrait tests and I am here with my beautiful, willing, volunteering, sober, un-hypnotized subjects, am I right? – We hear and obey – We hear and obey – Exactly, so, they're gonna help me out, and we're gonna do some tests with the phone in the Portrait Mode and in the non-Portrait Mode and compare it to the DSLR Let's see what the results are like

So, here I have the same photo, but one of them has Portrait Mode enabled at F 45, and one of them has Portrait Mode disabled I'm gonna compare that now to my DSLR shot with no editing So, the DSLR shot is RAW That's why it looks kind of flat and bland

No editing has been done Right off the bat, you can see we're getting a really nice depth of field with that software depth of field on the 11 Pro, and also the sky is blue and rich, and it's not blown out like it is on the 7D Mark II, which also keep in mind is a slightly older DSLR Let's make a couple adjustments to the RAW data to try to match it, and as you can see it's getting much closer, because we have that RAW data we can edit with But again, you have to know how the data works, and you have to know how to manipulate it to get that photo Most consumers won't know how to do that, which is totally fine

For you, the iPhone will do the work Let's zoom in here and take a look at the detail You'll notice, and keep in mind the green grass is not showing too much in my DSLR photo, because I had the camera angled a little bit differently It wasn't blown out, I just had it angled differently You'll also notice around the subject's ear in the Canon photo you're getting a bit of a green fringe

That's a chroma aberration, and it's more likely to happen with certain lenses on DSLRs You probably will never see that on a cell phone photo Yeah, overall the iPhone 11 Pro photo is really clean, and another nice thing is because that depth of field is being processed in software any noise that is in the background is gonna get suppressed by the blur effect it's applying So, the photo overall is gonna look a lot cleaner I'm actually kind of blown away by how well that works

I'm really impressed with that Okay, so, now before we move on to the next thing, I kind of want to test your wit a little bit I'm gonna show you a couple photos, and you guess whether or not they were taken with the iPhone or with the Canon So, here's another subject I photographed iPhone or Canon, what do you think? It was the iPhone, yes

Did you get it right? Well, I hope you did If you didn't, that's okay too All right, now, let's take a look at this beautiful Jaguar Yes, look at that, beautiful color, beautiful exposures What was that shot with? Boom, iPhone 11 Pro, only a little bit of editing was done to that photo, but for the most part that was right off the iPhone 11 Pro

How about these raccoons kind of fighting over an apple? What do you think? Yup, that one was done with the Canon 7D Mark II What about these delicious hot peppers, where if you eat them, I'm sure your stomach would burst into flames? iPhone or DSLR? That one was with the iPhone, and if you look really closely you'll see that kind of splotchy painting effect going on with the details in the peppers and in the wood texture So, that's kind of the tell that it is an iPhone photo What about this comfortable looking fox, just sleeping, having a good time? There's a couple giveaways What do you think? Yup, it is the 7D Mark II

The main giveaway in my opinion would be the focal length This is a very tight photo The iPhone 11, even the telephoto lens, cannot get that tight I believe that was shot at 135, which is what this lens goes to So, that is the one main giveaway there, and also that bokeh in the background would be relatively hard to achieve, at least optically, on a cell phone

What about this one? This one has a pretty clean look It's not too noisy It's got a nice shallow depth of field That was shot with the DSLR, right? Nope, that was actually shot with the iPhone 11 Pro, optically No Portrait Mode was turned on for that, and you're more likely to get better bokeh, optically, with the telephoto lens because if your aperture is consistent, and you tighten the shot, your bokeh's gonna get a bit bigger

So, if you want to do optical depth of field, go tight with that telephoto lens All right, so, now let's move into some Night Mode stuff So, this is kind of fun I haven't had a lot of practical uses for Night Mode yet, but I'm sure it'll happen eventually I've only had the phone for a week

So, I took a photo of some stars with the Night Mode enabled on my phone, and then with long exposure and high ISO enabled on my DSLR, and to keep it fair, I handheld both of them Surprisingly, the Night Mode was able to stabilize the shot really well On my DSLR, I had to keep the shutter open for at least a second to try to get those stars in there, and because there is no magical stabilization like in the iPhone the stars got really streaky So, the Night Mode worked relatively well there It's a little noisy, but at least there's no shutter lag

Here's another sample I did some edits to the temperature exposures, highlight, shadows, noise reduction inside of Lightroom, but this was another Night Mode shot of some stars, and you'll see with the trees in the foreground there we lose a lot of that detail, but you get a lot of the low-light stuff exposed So, it's not perfect, but it's still pretty remarkable technology, especially in a consumer device, where you just press a button and it does the thing So, pretty impressive However, there's a couple other great things

This is actually with Night Mode turned off Hardly any light was in the scene It still looks pretty good 640 ISO, 133 exposure time It was exposed for 1/30th of a second, no shutter lag, or any of that stuff

It looks pretty frickin' nice, no Night Mode enabled Here's another one, no Night Mode enabled at all It was able to pick up those colors and those lights and it looks pretty darn clean So, good job, iPhone Again, this is an unfair comparison, but it's supposed to be

I'm just showing you what the differences are In my opinion, the iPhone 11 Pro's strong points are it has amazing portrait photography It has fast automatic settings The Smart HDR Generation 2 is pretty nice The stabilization for video and Night Mode is astounding, and it fits in your pocket

Your best camera is the one you have with you So, if a moment happens, this is gonna be in your pocket This probably won't be So, keep that in mind too, and it's easy to use, and another nice thing is you get that ultra wide lens for a really low cost I know I didn't talk about that too much, but getting an ultra wide lens on something like a DSLR is pretty expensive

The fact that that's built into this phone is a really nice feature So, use that to your advantage Use that to not just get more in the frame, but to be artistic The weaker points are the noise and the loss of detail in those small areas we looked at earlier, and we don't get the same type of depth of field effect optically, because the sensor is really small, but keep in mind you have that Portrait Mode effect where if you can get that to work you can make some bokeh look pretty nice in your photos For DSLR, the strong points are the detail preservation, post-production flexibility with RAW data, but again, you need to know how the RAW data works, otherwise it's useless to you

You have more lens options, because they are interchangeable, but again, that will come at a cost That's something you will have to decide if it works for your lifestyle or not You get that optical depth of field, and you have more manual controls, which help you get the composition that you want, but you have to know how those controls work, otherwise you're not gonna be able to use them properly The weak points, it doesn't fit in your pocket, usually, and it's unusable or unaffordable to most consumers, and again, the best camera is the one you have with you So, if you can't afford this, or you don't want to carry it around too much, this may not be the option for you

You could stick with an iPhone 11 Pro, and it's pretty frickin' great Heck, maybe this is enough to replace that point and shoot you may carry around So, that is what I wanted to show you today, and you'll have to take a look the stuff, cross-reference it with your lifestyle, and see how it works Maybe you'll upgrade to something, maybe you'll keep something, maybe you'll change to a totally different solution Every person will have different needs

I'm not here to show you what's best, I'm just here to show you what's different If you have any questions, let me know in the comments down below, and feel free to give the video a rewatch to get more information under your belt, and the full res samples are in the link in the description as well, so please check those out I hope you learned something I hope you enjoyed Catch the crazy and pass it on

(electronic music)

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