Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2011 Pocket Camera vs. 2017 iPhone 8 Plus

Rob Griffiths:

The left image was taken in 2014 with a 2011 Pansonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 pocket camera (specifications); the right image was taken in 2018 with my 2017 iPhone 8 Plus. (Interesting to note that I didn’t bring my DSLR on either trip…the best camera is the one you have with you, right?)

Neither of the above images has been edited, beyond whatever algorithms the cameras use when saving the photo. Frankly, I was amazed at just how much better the iPhone 8 Plus photo is compared to the one from the Lumix[…]


In near-identical conditions (check the light in the windows behind the plane), the iPhone was able to shoot at a lower f-stop, with a lower ISO, and at a faster shutter speed. That’s pretty amazing. Also note the efficiency of the HEIC file format: The iPhone photo is 22% of the size of the Lumix photo!

I sold my Canon pocket camera a couple years ago. In rare cases it would take better photos than my iPhone, but (perhaps because I’m not very skilled) the average iPhone photo was better.

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I've noticed the same thing for quite a while now. I only keep my point-and-shoot camera for its 12x optical zoom lens. For cases where zoom is not necessary, my iPhone (6+) takes far better pictures.

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