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YouTuber compares iPhone 11 Pro with DSLR cameras

iPhone 11 Pro one hand zoom on camera
iPhone 11 Pro one hand zoom on camera (Image credit: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore)

What you need to know

  • iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have the best cameras in an iPhone yet.
  • They were compared with two DSLR cameras.
  • iPhone 11 Pro fared surprisingly well.

There's been a ton of talk about iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and whether their cameras are the best in the business right now. That's something that can be debated, but what about DSLRs? One YouTuber compared iPhone 11 Pro with two cameras to see how things panned out.

The video by PhotographyTalk actually also an iPhone X and that could be beneficial to anyone who skipped iPhone XS and is now due an upgrade. But the real interest is in the two DSLR cameras; a Nikon Z7 and a Sony a6400.

You can check the video out for all of the example shots including both stills and video, but iPhone 11 Pro manages to more than hold its own against so-called real cameras. The shots of a beach and pier as the sun goes down look stunning even when taken on iPhone X, but there's a clear improvement when you swich to the new iPhone or DSLRs.

This test was also carried out without the aid of Apple's Deep Fusion, a feature that takes multiple shots and combines them to improve fine detail. The feature is now available in the recent iOS 13.2 developer beta, and we haven't had time to test it fully. Whether Deep Fusion would have improved things for the iPhone 11 Pro remains to be seen. We expect Deep Fusion and iOS 13.2 to be made available to everyone before the end of the year.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.