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Old 01-06-2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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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:


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Flower2 without flash by Havoc315, on Flickr

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Tulip painting, with flash, camera 1 and camera 2


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Old 01-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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Football lying in the snow, camera 1 and camera 2


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Old 01-06-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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Just a wooded area on a cloudy day.... Sharpness of the tree? Dynamic range?


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Old 01-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #5
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Winter rockgarden. Interesting results on the brick building in the background.


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Old 01-06-2013, 03:11 PM   #6
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Pizza... test of macro, and the colors


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