iPhone 5 vs Budget Compact
After a discussion in another thread, I thought I would try a blind "taste test."
There is no question that a dSLR will give better image results than an iPhone. Same can be said for a mid-level or high-level compact camera.
But if you already have an iPhone 5, or Galaxy III, or one of the other top smart phone cameras, should you spend another $50-$100 just to have a seperate compact camera?
For this test, I used my iphone5, and I used a 2-3 year-old Sony Cybershot that we bought for my son when he was 6. It was about $100 at that time., it's 10mp and 3 or 4X zoom. The iPhone 5 is 8mp, and has no optical zoom. (obviously, if optical zoom is a big priority, its a reason to get even a cheap P&S). I did absolutely no post-processing or editing. Everything is straight out of the camera. For the iphone though, I did try out some of the picture-taking apps -- not editing apps. Just camera apps. But no further editing after taking the pictures.
I'll leave this comparison "blind" for a few days, and then I'll un-block the exif data.
First, an oil painting of a tulip, without flash. Camera 1 and camera 2:
flower1 no flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Flower2 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Tulip painting, with flash, camera 1 and camera 2
Flower1 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Flower2 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Football lying in the snow, camera 1 and camera 2
football1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
football2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Just a wooded area on a cloudy day.... Sharpness of the tree? Dynamic range?
woods1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
woods2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Winter rockgarden. Interesting results on the brick building in the background.
rockgarden1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Rockgarden2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Pizza... test of macro, and the colors
pizza1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Pizza2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
An outdoor water scene, some grass. Which camera better captures the lighting and the colors of the grass?
water1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
water2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Indoor low light testing with a bottle of wine. First, without flash:
bottle1 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Bottle2 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Now the bottle of wine with flash. Probably best to judge all 4 of the pictures (without and with flash together). With flash, 1 camera lost the shadows and the other camera lost the highlights.
bottle1 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Bottle2 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr
Now a tennis ball in the snow. The snow pictures are a good test of auto white balance.
tennisball1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
tennisball2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
Last set, stream on a grey day
stream1 by Havoc315, on Flickr
stream2 by Havoc315, on Flickr
I should have created a poll but oh well...
So comments on camera1 versus camera2?
Overall, which camera is the better performer? Or about the same?
My guess would be that camera 2 is the iPhone.
Based on these, I think camera 2 did better overall.
I just came from a family party. Two of these pics were taken with an iPhone 4s (not mine). The other was taken with a $185 Canon SX260 pocket Megazoom. Both images are sized down, the iPhone pics were downloaded from a post to Facebook.
Call me picky, but I do like to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. You're using the latest cell phone technology to technology that is 2-3 years old. I don't know which one is which, but #2 seems to perform consistently better. I just question your methodology. Some of the photos appear to be at different focal lengths which can also affect the image. You would have been better served to use a stabilizing platform to better replicate the images. I think you need to improve your testing methodology.
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