The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com

The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com (http://www.disboards.com/index.php)
-   Photography Board (http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=97)
-   -   iPhone 5 vs Budget Compact (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3042655)

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:03 PM

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:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8...b4504bfe_z.jpg
flower1 no flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8508/8...3808163f_z.jpg
Flower2 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:05 PM

Tulip painting, with flash, camera 1 and camera 2

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8047/8...f8d327ce_z.jpg
Flower1 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8500/8...cc67030d_z.jpg
Flower2 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:06 PM

Football lying in the snow, camera 1 and camera 2

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8...74ebdbdf_z.jpg
football1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8...1e4db66b_z.jpg
football2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:07 PM

Just a wooded area on a cloudy day.... Sharpness of the tree? Dynamic range?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8045/8...89901cdb_z.jpg
woods1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8...68d70dc7_z.jpg
woods2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:10 PM

Winter rockgarden. Interesting results on the brick building in the background.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8360/8...361a39e2_z.jpg
rockgarden1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8351/8...b4319112_z.jpg
Rockgarden2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:11 PM

Pizza... test of macro, and the colors

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8071/8...00833735_z.jpg
pizza1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8...c3e47e06_z.jpg
Pizza2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:13 PM

An outdoor water scene, some grass. Which camera better captures the lighting and the colors of the grass?

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8073/8...d90634c3_z.jpg
water1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8093/8...e1d5eb26_z.jpg
water2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:15 PM

Indoor low light testing with a bottle of wine. First, without flash:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8491/8...64786387_z.jpg
bottle1 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8187/8...8f869359_z.jpg
Bottle2 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:17 PM

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.


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8...e877a8d5_z.jpg
bottle1 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8188/8...cbed8e27_z.jpg
Bottle2 with flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:18 PM

Now a tennis ball in the snow. The snow pictures are a good test of auto white balance.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8235/8...28b4cbf1_z.jpg
tennisball1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8232/8...b9e365c1_z.jpg
tennisball2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:21 PM

Last set, stream on a grey day

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8051/8...b06b97f5_z.jpg
stream1 by Havoc315, on Flickr

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8352/8...7928b7aa_z.jpg
stream2 by Havoc315, on Flickr

havoc315 01-06-2013 04:24 PM

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?

photo_chick 01-06-2013 04:43 PM

My guess would be that camera 2 is the iPhone.

Based on these, I think camera 2 did better overall.

rossb 01-06-2013 04:46 PM

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.

http://g3.img-dpreview.com/EE3E2DCA5...22C658D604.jpg
http://g2.img-dpreview.com/7CA743CBF...8F7508A3AC.jpg
http://g2.img-dpreview.com/6B456F639...CA54431343.jpg

Gianna'sPapa 01-06-2013 04:48 PM

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.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.