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

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 4.5, 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)

61 thoughts on “iPhone 11 Pro vs. DSLR – In Depth Camera Comparison – Krazy Ken’s Tech Misadventures”

  1. Its crazy how you have to zoom in and look at the details to see the differences between the DSLR & the iPhone. How far these things have come.

  2. It’s not the focus on the iPhone 11 that makes the video look jerky. It’s the shutter speed because of the bright sun. Try Filmic Pro or another camera app and use a ND filter so you can turn down the shutter speed. That’ll give a much smoother video.

  3. A couple things bothered me with this comparison and I must make a comment, I enjoyed the review and I’m not taking sides but I would like to point some things out.

    Firstly, why would you compare an old 2014 DSLR to a 2019 iPhone? Why not compare a 2019 DSLR and a 2019 phone? I’m sure there are DSLRs in the same price range as the iPhone considering it is $1000
    Second, the DSLR video was very strangely low quality and while DSLRs aren’t technically meant for much video, that video was horrible for what I would expect for the canon to shoot but again, its 2014 so it isn’t really fair, if people were to buy a starter DSLR they’d probably get something newer for around $300-$800
    Third, why in the world is the DSLR set to 2000 iso?? If you shot on manual, there is absolutely no reason for that camera to be anywhere near 2000, DSLRs – especially a 2014 older crop sensor like that camera, should be kept below 500 iso or you will see grain, luckily newer DSLRs and mirrorless for that matter, handle iso better. Again, unfair comparison, age matters a lot in the DSLR family. So 2000 ISO vs 125 ISO definitely isn’t a fair comparison, and if you shot manual for all shots, why not do auto for both cameras for a truly fair comparison.

    I love the videos but this was not fair, sure its a general video and made a good point, but an old DSLR like that (yes 2014 is considered old for a crop sensor because they have made some amazing improvements with these types of cameras) is not a fair comparison. I’d love to see a $1000 DSLR from 2018-2019 vs an iPhone pro, both shot fully auto in a range of areas and light, that would be fair, but with constant improvements in optics and camera sensors and such, this didn’t seem fair, especially if the consumer would more likely go for a slightly newer camera to base their decisions.

    Again, I’d just like to say it was a good video and made points, and I’m no fan boy for one or the other (I own a Nikon anyways haha) it was still slightly unfair in some areas. Hope this made any sense!

  4. This was pretty interesting, even if I have no decent camera and no intention of buying an iPhone 11 at all. I know it sounds absurd, yet…

  5. Is funny here 13:17. You say Weak points of DSLR (Unaffordable to Most Consumers, 849$?) LOL
    The iPhone costs 1000$ or more, dont get me wrong but, that made me laugh xD

    Edit: Love this video, thanks.
    I just read a comment down there that the cost was 1800$, but still. haha.

  6. Have you ever thought about making a video showing off vintage digital cameras, like an Apple QuickTake or Sony Mavica (or any of your favorites)?

  7. I was handed down a Sony CyberShot DSC-HX1 from my father, and when comparing a photo I took on a mountain in western NC to my iPhone X, I noticed the colors were almost a match (and that camera probably came out many years ago, I don’t know when to be exact).

    However when recording video, the colors were “darker” compared to the iPhone. Maybe there’s something in the backend of the video settings that I never adjusted (I really don’t touch the camera’s settings that much since it’s a $1,000 camera), but it’s a killer at taking photos.

  8. Why test the portrait mode with someone who doesn't have hair ?
    Not everyone don't have hair, ya know.
    Also not everyone has a short cut hair like the second person.
    That f4.5 on the 7dII kind of sucks.That's why the high ISO.
    Also the 7dII is from 2014. Would love to see something more modern.

  9. iPhone 11 pics look fantastic to me! I replaced my Canon digital camera with my iPhone 7 Plus! All of todays smart phone cameras are now good enough in my opinion for most users ! thanks for the vid i really enjoyed it !

  10. Omg! I love this video! I finally know how to get rid Of that paint fell on my iPhone photo with lr app raw photo!!! It’s so useful!

  11. To me a way to break it down. A pro or semi pro DSLR makes good pictures using large, high quality glass and a large, high quality image sensor. Minimal processing after the picture. The IPhone makes good pictures using tiny, not so high quality glass and sensors, but the magic is in CODE to process the image into something great after the capture. Also needs to have a massive super fast CPU which the iphone has in its A13 Bionic CPU with neural AI engine thing.

  12. I think you need to get your facts straight on how DR works. DSLR do not do any post processing atleast not like iPhone that is doing all the grading in background to get that so called DR look. This does not mean that DSLR can't achieve this same look.

  13. The bigger the sensor, the bigger the bokeh?…are you kidding me? I think you should sell your dslr, and stick to phones.

  14. Hi , please explain why did you use more ISO on the DSLR ? Why didn't you use a lower Aperture on the DSLR ? Compared to the f2.0 of the iphone ? As most of us know higher ISO causes more noise , lower Aperture causes more light to enter and can go lower on the ISO , this means less noise and more sharpness.The main reason why your photos is sharper and more background blur on the iphone is because the Aperture is lower, and just to add…A better lens on the DSLR better results, and yeah i know you are not comparing lenses but keep in mind that you can't compare a Prime lens/ build in lens which is f2.0 to a F4.5. Your comparison is not very accurate , again Shooting in night with a lower Aperture , you will obtain better results because of more light entering the sensor , yet you used high ISO (very High)and a Aperture of 3.5 . Why not use the SAME settings on both devices with a tripod ? Use same settings when comparing , ISO and Aperture has a huge impact on the end result of a photo.

    The only way you can truly compare between the two devices is by using the same Shutter speed, ISO and Aperture.

    Affordability :
    You can get a new Sigma Lens 17-55mm f2.8 for $600 & Canon 200D ( Same sensor as the 7D ii) for $600 =$1200 Compared to $1900 Iphone 11 pro.

  15. 7d markii a crop sensor body of 2014 .seriously ?? Plus noise level comparison .doesnt justify but Dslr of 2014 is better still for me

  16. Dslr ‘s are cheaper now comparing with both apple and Samsung phones who are overpriced. Also I admit these cameras improved a lot and are much easier to use than a dslr

  17. i have been waiting for my midnight green colour in india, its still not available at any store.. i have to wait 2 weeks more.. btw best comparison, detailed and totally fair. 🖤

  18. I don't see how this comparison is fair… First, the 11 pro is an 1100 dollar phone, and you're shooting with a 800 dollar Canon from 2014, so right out of the box, the iPhone is going to look "better" because that's what it's designed to do – look good immediately to share. That first shot with the magenta flower is pretty unrealistic in the sense that you're shooting the DSLR with an ISO of 2000 in broad daylight. Drop your aperture down to match the iPhones. Of course you're going to get tons of noise shooting at 2000 ISO. Iphone's new 11 pro does have RAW photo capabilities, but it looks like you're shooting your DSLR in JPG, which wouldn't give you enough data to really get the sweet look that actual cameras are capable of. I just don't see a fair test here. Any photographer would never shoot a picture of a flower with 2000 ISO. You could lower your shutter speed and use a lens with stabilization and still get a good shot at F1.8, and a shutter speed of 1/100. If that's too bright then put it on a tripod and shoot at 1/60, or just use an ND filter. Criticism aside, I own both a full frame camera and the 11 pro, and i've been super impressed with the phones photo capabilities, especially in night mode. It's amazing how camera phones have evolved over the years! BUT when you know how to work with a RAW photo in post, it will never compare to an actual camera… at least yet haha. Great production otherwise man!

  19. Im shooting with lightroom CC in dng…i no longer have need to carry a dslr for my personal use….of course paid shoot is different

  20. Good video, I choose the phone just out of pure simplicity to use and boom it’s in your pocket. I’m waiting for 11s when wide angle has stability in video built in in the meantime A gopro 8 might be on the cards.

  21. Why are you shooting at ISO 640 in broad daylight with your 7D MK ii? That's crazy. These tests are stupid. You just don't shoot a long exposure handheld with a camera. Put a DSLR on a tripod with the proper lens and settings, and you'll get an awesome photo. I love my iphone 11 pro, but I'm not living in the fantasy of it ever replacing my 5D Mark iii/iv or even my Fuji XT2. The ONE thing that I can say that the iPhone 11 does VERY well for vloggers is video. Pretty hard to beat it for that and the stabilization. Plus, you were shooting this with a cheap lens.

  22. Hey guys! This is important; please read this before watching. I didn’t think I’d have to say it (because it’s already said in the video) but I’m trying to match the DSLR to the iPhone not by SETTINGS, but by the VISUALS. I’m trying to make the composition look similar to the eye, NOT by metadata. Stop saying “you should’ve used the same xyz on both cameras”. No! That’s not how it works! The numbers (99.9% of the time) mean nothing to other devices. Don’t get pedantic and technical about numbers and metadata. That is NOT what photography is about! Rant over! Thanks for reading. Now, enjoy the video…

    Oh, and P.S. my lens (yes, it was a kit lens—the primes in my arsenal did not have the focal length I needed to match the iPhone) only opens to 4.5 at the focal length I had it at. That’s why I couldn’t open it further. You don’t need to ask me anymore ; )

  23. For maybe 90% of people smartphone camera is all they will ever use, want or need. The rest (myself included) want the incredible versatility full size cameras provide. Super telephoto lenses, macro lenses, ultra fast lenses with wide aperture… one can get drastically different pictures with an ILC, without even beginning to talk about flash guns, ND filters etc… And here comes the BUT! One has to invest some time to learn, money to buy the gear and ability and effort to take/process these pictures. If you don't feel like you want that – better stick with the smartphone camera. The ILC will be nothing but a frustration and wasted money. And the opposite is also true – if the photographer knows what they are doing and feel the urge to go the extra mile, they will be rewarded with way better and vastly different types of photos by the ILC.

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