iPhone 11 Pro is the first iPhone where I have not bothered to look at specifications; not even out of curiosity. For the most part, I have yet to read the detailed reviews on how the Camera app works now. There are changes but easily figured out just by playing around a while.
What I have done is watch a dozen different YouTube videos that pit iPhone 11 Pro against Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Google’s Pixel 4 XL, and a growing number of comparisons with DSLR’s.
No, not the entry-level DSLRs. Expensive DSLRs that cost real money. Check out this one:
Matti Haapoja compares an iPhone 11 Pro with a $7,500 Canon DSLR.
Haapoji does the comparison the right way. Similar side-by-side shots with each camera in various settings. As expected, all the photos are good, most of the photos have a few differences, and there is one key aspect of them that will let you know which camera shot which photo.
With five different photos, I chose the iPhone correctly four times, but it was not easy on at least three of the images.
The trick appears to be that background when shot in portrait mode. Physics wins. A decent DLSR lens can adjust depth-of-field and provide more clarity and detail in the background than iPhone.
Look at the size of the Canon DSLR’s lens. Look at the size of the iPhone 11 Pro lens. Apple uses computational photography to create the so-called bokeh effect in the background. That’s the trick.
Otherwise, what you come away with is obvious. Photos from iPhone 11 Pro are remarkably competitive with photos from a very expensive camera and lens setup.
YouTubers Marques Brownlee and Safwan Ahmedmia of SuperSAF did the same thing:
See how that works?
Side-by-side photo comparisons are all the rage since iPhone 11 Pro dropped and hardly anyone is talking about camera specifications. Yes, expensive DSLRs take better photos. Can you tell which photo was taken by which camera?
That’s the trick. Specifications just don’t matter as much as they once did.