Check out this iPhone 11 Pro vs Canon DSLR photoshoot

What you need to know

  • Matti Haapoja has posted an epic photo comparison on YouTube.
  • The test pits the iPhone 11 Pro against a $7500 Canon DSLR
  • The stunning results show just how close the iPhone 11 Pro comes to the quality of a DSLR.

An incredible video comparison of the iPhone 11 Pro and a $7500 Canon DSLR shows that the gap between iPhone and professional photography rigs has never been closer.

The video, posted to YouTube by Matti Haapoja shows 5 photos, taken both with an iPhone 11 Pro and a Canon DSLR. The video challenges viewers to guess which photo was taken by which device. There are a few telltale signs that giveaway the iPhone 11 Pro's photos, and there is a slight difference between the two which shows that the DSLR still has the edge. However, at first glance the photos are almost indistinguishable, and are a stunning testament to the camera quality of the iPhone 11 Pro.

The below photo is probably the easiest of the 5 to guess. On the left is the iPhone 11 Pro, on the right is the DSLR. The most noticeable difference is the coloration of the denim jacket, and on closer inspection the background blurring of the DSLR appears to be of a higher quality. These features are pretty consistent across the other photos in the video.

iPhone 11 camera comparison

(Image credit: Matti Haapoja)

With that being said, why don't you take a look at the video below and see for yourself? In the video, Haapoja also talks about how an app like Focos can be used in post-production to elevate your iPhone 11 photos to an even higher quality. So whilst these may not be vanilla iPhone 11 Pro shots, they do show that with a little bit of work you can produce truly stunning images with the latest iPhone.

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7 Comments
  • Its really not close at all. No phone camera will ever match a $7,000 camera. The first set looks like 2 different leaves, with B the obvious DSLR camera pic. Fancy electronics have a LONG way to go to match great lenses/optics.
  • I guessed them all correctly. 1. Colors are oversaturated on iPhone images. 2. Depth of Field Blurring is exaggerated and not graduated well. 3. Artifacts in portrait mode shots that are glaringly obvious. 4. Crop differences. 5. Difference in fine detail. It took me maybe 3 seconds to glance and see the difference and guess correctly. Phone is fine if you only ever view on a phone or small display, and share over Messaging and Social Services. But I would never take one to a photo shoot. A $400 Nikon is superior to the latest iPhone. Also, being able to change lenses and have far superior Zoom Capability is a massive advantage for "real cameras." I bought a DSLR and stopped upgrading my phone. The Marketing are lies. The differences are obvious, ESPECIALLY when you take the photos and look at them on a good display yourself (not just in a compressed YouTube video on a small screen). Same for video. BMPCC4K is basically the same price as an iPhone. The video from it will blow any smartphone away.
  • This isn't saying that an iPhone camera is better than a DSLR. (though they're getting scary close) It's saying that the average consumer wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The video is just showing how the iPhone 11 Pro camera is the BEST smartphone camera on the market right now. I mean, you can't carry a DSLR in your pocket, can you?
  • The average consumer WILL be able to tell the difference, assuming they look at side by side pics like these. The real point is, most simply won't care. The phone is Good Enough. Just like ear buds sound "great", until you listen to music thru really good over the ear headphones. Again, there is a huge difference. But most people just won't care. Good Enough is OK for most. Phone cameras are good enough. But they are nowhere near "scary close" to a $7,000 DSLR. Just like the ear buds that come with your phone are nowhere close to $300 headphones.
  • I think the important part is not that may or may not be closely matched which I don't think they are I agree with the comments in this article, but the important thing is that they're so much closer than they were in the early days of the iPhone where the difference was so drastic that many people would still take an actual camera for holiday photos. No serious photographer is going to forgo their DSLR, but aspiring photographers who haven't gotten the money for their first camera, or even people who just appreciate photography to a certain degree can still create fantastic photos with the manual camera settings on iPhone and a good imaging editing program like Affinity Photo afterwards
  • Well a mirrorless like one from the Sony a6xxx series, paired with a pancake lens can easily slip into your pocket.
  • Cell phone cameras (the iPhone breeds in particular) have definitely come a very long way; no doubt about it). What all the hype is not telling you is that when you are on that fantastic vacation, taking those fantastic shots (many of which you will want to hang on your wall), is that you will likely not be able to make enlargements that will do the job. Phone cameras just do not have enough pixels in the end results to produce big enough, framable enlargements. The more you enlarge a phone camera print, the farther the pixels push apart, creating too much “noise” and blurriness.