A few weeks ago, a video surfaced in which it compared Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro against a $7,500 Canon professional camera. It was quite a tricky test which only meant that it was in the iPhone’s favor, as if you can’t tell the difference that clearly, then obviously Apple is doing a killer job with the camera on its iPhone.
Now in a new video uploaded by YouTuber and photographer Sawyer Hartman, he compares the iPhone 11 Pro against the holy grail of cameras, a $20,000 Lecia M10-P with a 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux lens. Given that Leica costs almost three times more than the previous camera, does this necessarily translate into way better photos that could make the differences between the iPhone and the camera even more obvious? Short answer, no.
At a glance, the differences aren’t particularly obvious as the images look pretty identical side-by-side. It’s only when you zoom into the details that it becomes a bit more obvious. This might be a bit hard to tell when it comes to landscape shots, but in portraits, the giveaway would be the hair, where the iPhone has a bit more trouble with the foreground and background separation, which can sometimes result in a fuzzy ring around a person’s head and it is unable to pick up on stray pieces of hair.
However, what was impressive about this video is how the iPhone handled low-light photography in the new Night Mode, where despite it going up against a very fast and very expensive lens, it holds its own. Professionals might have more to nitpick regarding the lighting and shadows, but for a regular user who just wants to share their photos on social media, it is more than capable of getting the job done.