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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Watch the iPhone 4S Shoot Video Almost as Well as a $3000 DSLR (Updated: More Amazingness)


iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison from Robino Films on Vimeo.

We know the iPhone 4S is a killer still camera—perhaps its greatest selling point—but how about video? Do the new guts and 1080p bump make a big difference? Yes. A giant yes. See just how amazing for yourself.
This perfectly-synced test, which used a special bit of rigging to align both the 4S and a Canon EOS 5D Mark II to capture the exact same scene, says way more than any Apple marketing verbiage can. With the 5D's settings matched as closely as possible to the 4S, the two—at least on Vimeo—look nearly indistinguishable. Yes, if you look closely, the 5D wins. It's got greater detail, depth of field, doesn't suffer from the iPhone's jarring rolling shutter problems, and of course has a giant panoply of manual settings any phone lacks. But the point remains: Apple's created a handset camera that can shoot pro-grade (albeit limited) video. And for a small, small fraction of the price. [Robino Films via PetaPixel, Thanks Matt!]

Update: For the doubters, more proof that the 4S is capable of shooting some incredible video. This time, from professional film editor Benjamin Dowie.

A video shot on the iPhone 4S from Benjamin Dowie on Vimeo.