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Filmmaker compares iPhone XS to professional-grade cinema camera, walks away impressed

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Oct 9, 2018
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  1. Apple didn’t spend an unusually lengthy amount of time hyping the camera on its new iPhone XS but according to one filmmaker, perhaps the company should have.

    Ed Gregory from Photos In Color recently compared video shot on Apple’s new iPhone XS with footage captured on a Canon C200, a quality digital cinema camera. As you can see in the comparison video published on YouTube, both cameras produce stunning results with only minor editing (adding a color grade).

    Upon further inspection, Gregory points out some of the flaws evident in the iPhone XS footage. For example, highlights in one section of clip are blown out on the iPhone yet preserved on the Canon. Apple’s handset was also docked for adding way too much sharpening which led to some details being lost and other shots not looking very pleasant.

    Indeed, the trees in the background shots on the iPhone are quite distracting, stealing attention away from the primary subject. This seems to be more of a personal preference; some will like the look, others will wish Apple had toned it down a bit.

    On the flip side, Gregory praised Apple’s ability to generate so much dynamic range with the iPhone XS.

    In short, Gregory concludes that working with the iPhone XS footage is far easier. With the Canon camera, it’s part of a workflow that involves lots of post-production. The end result will be better but you’ll have to put in the time to get there.

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  2. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 567   +246

    "Ultimately, it’s the creativity of the artist that’s important, not the equipment used, as Gregory highlights. The equipment can be helpful but it shouldn’t be your primary focus. Spoken like a true professional."

    So creativity is more important than equipment, or the IPhone camera.
    Truly relevant.
    Reehahs, Lew Zealand and ghostf1re like this.
  3. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,179   +649

    "Here, let me compared a camera that generates a RAW file with one generating a .mov file". What an asinine test, and I have to believe this guy was paid by Apple.
    wiyosaya, BSim500 and ghostf1re like this.
  4. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 609   +494

    Hmm, lets see. If you put me behind a movie studio camera and this guy behind an iPhone/Android phone, who do ya think is gonna make a better video?

    Yeah, it ain't gonna be me.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,286   +4,941

    lol - It ain't gonna be me either.
    onestepforward likes this.
  6. yeeeeman

    yeeeeman TS Addict Posts: 162   +125

    Stupid comparison. They said the same thing when iphone 7 appeared, that it is good for shooting movies and ****. No, it will never be even remotely comparable to a professional camera, it will just be an expensive brick.
  7. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Guru Posts: 414   +264

    This is a stupid propaganda article. Purely an iPhone fanboy article. Comparing a .mov file and a RAW file and claiming the same results is laughable.
  8. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    What ain't going to be you? Your comment makes no sense.

    So you are the one behind the movie studio camera? And you don't think your movie camera would be better than the iPhone? I'm so confused.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,286   +4,941

    He is saying no matter which camera he used, he would not be able to out perform a professional.
  10. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 609   +494

    This is about the quality of the artist, the professional. A pro can squeeze great output from mediocre quality equipment in their profession that rank amateurs like myself would have no idea how to do, even with the most expensive equipment available.

    IOW, what erickmendes said in the first comment.
  11. videogame57

    videogame57 TS Rookie

    At least the Canon will actually charge its battery...
  12. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,867   +2,201

    I was thinking the same thing - especially the part about being paid by crApple.
  13. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 284   +88

    The new cameras on iPhone XS and XS Max really suck on photo shooting specially in a low light environment. On movies, the camera performs better as this guy's video shows. However since average Joe takes photos a lot more often than videos then the overall performance of the camera is sub-pared comparing to Samsung Galaxies, LGs and Nokias phones!

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