4K video shootout shows iPhone 6s outperforming $3k’s worth of Nikon DSLR

Fresh from showing how an iPhone 6s and a few cheap accessories can enable you to do a great photoshoot, Fstoppers’ Lee Morris  has now put the iPhone 6s video capabilities up against a semi-pro Nikon D750 DSLR. The results are actually quite shocking, the iPhone 6s delivering much sharper results, as seen in the 200% zoom above and video below.

There are a few riders, of course … 

First, as Morris notes, the footage was shot in ideal conditions: outdoors in bright light. This is the least-taxing environment for a camera. As I noted in my own camera tests, it’s a different story in low light.

Second, he was using a Tamron lens rather than a Nikkor one. I’d have been really interested to see the same footage with the Nikkor 24-70/2.8.

Third, the Nikon is of course far more capable in other ways, with selective focus via shallow depth of field heading the list.

But with all that said, I have to say I’m astonished at the difference shown. It really does show what a capable camera the iPhone 6s is given the right conditions.

We’ve of course already seen Apple’s own demonstrations of the photographic credentials of the new iPhones, with reviewers agreeing. We’ve also seen the evolution of iPhone cameras, and carried our own video test, but the video below really does drive the point home.

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