This is an immensely silly post motivated by no more than having some fun. Of course the iPhone will be worse than a camera with an APS-C sensor, it has a sensor about the size of a grain of rice… Nevertheless this is a fun comparison to show people why a real camera is worthwhile having (while also showing the new iPhone camera isn’t too bad). For the detail click through each picture and you’ll see an enlarged version on Flickr.
X-Pro1 uses 18mm lens unless indicated.
First comparison (first picture iPhone and second picture X-pro1):
Another of this last one with the 35mm and X-Pro1
Predictably, the X-pro1 whoops the iphone camera. This isn’t down to cost – there is nothing more annoying to your average photographer than being asked “is your camera very expensive?” It’s more a question of sensor size (the iphone has, like every other phone with a camera, a tiny sensor), dynamic range and resolution. What’s very interesting is how close the iphone is on the shots of the phone boxes and the van. Any comparison becomes a bit tortoise and hare as soon as you put the iphone in slight shade (the image quality breaks down almost immediately). Though this isn’t a comparison to the iphone 4S camera, the 5 clearly takes better pictures in some manner (likely through processing).
So this was a bit pope cr*ps in woods, but it was some fun…