How Does The iPhone 5 Camera Compare To A DSLR?

There was once a photographer who said the best camera is the one you have with you. Today that camera is probably the one built into your smart phone. But just how well does that old saying hold up when you compare say an iPhone 5 to a Nikon D3s or Hasselblad H4D? The guys over at Bammo have put all three cameras through the paces and the results might shock you. Find out which camera has the most resolution, dynamic range, and fastest ability to upload to Facebook.

Patrick Hall's picture

Patrick Hall is a founder of and a photographer based out of Charleston, South Carolina.

Log in or register to post comments

hahaha nice!!!

Always a pleasure to be a part of fStoppers.  Let me know if you have any questions!

First off I wanted to say that I love your videos, they are great!
Your videos have such high production value? Where do you come up with these ideas, these look so proffesional! Do you do this full-time?


Thanks Jason.  :)  I work in photography/filmmaking/production work full-time. At the moment making television commercials and doing other freelance gigs and this show.  It's a pretty full plate.  Sadly only a small portion of my time is fun stuff like this.

The key to the episode ideas is coming up with something that I'm genuinely curious about:  I don't know how the episodes will turn out until I've filmed them.  I was curious  an iPhone would hold-up in a best-case finished product, and if it could fool people into being pro quality, so I built an episode around it.  I think the seed of each episode is having an interesting question to answer.  So of course I'm open to questions y'all have.  A lot of my ideas are coming from questions people pose in the youtube comments.

Hey Keving, great work, really made me laugh and improved my day a bunch :) Thanks. I'm not from the US but I'll ask anyway, if you think that a career in photography / advertising is fulfilling and if you see yourself still doing it in your 50's and 60's. Hope you'll see this question, and have a great day!

Thanks rastarafi; glad you enjoyed it.  I [obviously] love doing creative stuff.  And yes I'll be doing something similar later in life.  It is tough work though, and is mostly NOT hanging out with beautiful people and skateboarders and taking cool pictures.  My days can be brutally hard, and most of them are spent at a computer editing and doing less-fun tasks.  It's a tough and competitive world.

hahahahhaha this is brilliant

Laughed my frikkin' ass off! I subscribed to their feed!

Yeah Kevin Good is very funny... here are two other funny videos made by him...

worth sitting through just to watch the las vegas segment haha

Does this guy remind anyone else of Mark Hopus?

I thought the EXACT same thing.

Kevin and John are the dudes!! They were both teachers at me school.

Love the vids guys!

Thanks Chris!  :)

Pretty much the best friggin thing I have seen in like a month.

That was great!! Been awhile since I've laughed that hard at a photography based video! Thanks!!

Best thing I've seen on fstoppers for months. And a robot. 

"...and a robot" Haha brilliant! :D

Feeeeep that was un-feeeep-ing incredible!  Humorous, but packed with plenty of good info for both photogs and non.  A+ work gents!

Hilarious but totally pointless ( like an iphone is ever going to be better than a D3 or H Blad) but hilarious none the less.....

Great video! Thanks for sharing.

Hilarious! You guys are pretty awesome. Screw technicalities! DWL


Interesting! Love to see a comparison between a Canon S100 and the Iphone5 - you would have $500 left to buy a regular phone!

Can't remember the last time I laughed that many times at a Hollywood blockbuster, let alone a web vid. Thanks for making my day!

can you make a call with the hasselblad? nop

Siri works just as well on both though.

Hey Congrats!!!! Your page is so helpful!!! greetings from Peru!!!

That was F@*% sweet~ Thanks for the chuckles~ Best time I had all week!

F'ing brilliant.  Watched it 3 times and posted on my FB.  Bravo dudes.  W. Lawrence Stevens

F'ing brilliant. Watched it 3 times and posted on my FB. Bravo dudes. W. Lawrence Stevens

Brilliant video! Now.. while people still kill each other to get the Hassie, i would quietly go away with the D3s xD

Hilarious. Well done!

This was great

Yeah, I had an LG Viewty, but lost it at a messy weekend in the snow. It had a german lens, only 5MP photos but TWO STAGE SHUTTER RELEASE! Every time I try to take a photo now using my 3MP smartphone and I miss the best shot because it wants to take a whole two seconds to focus.... I wonder why people haven't made an app with a simple on-screen button that you press to focus, and release to take. Not that hard... Unless the hardware doesn't allow it, then why not, seriously....

Try ProCamera. This has been my favorite camera replacement app on the iPhone for over a year now.

It would be good to see a comparison for portraits (headshots) between the two cameras. Given the very short (actual) focal length of the iphone camera, I imagine there would be an obvious ammount of facial distortion as you'd need to be so close to your subject compared to the more flattering perspective from a 135mm lens on an slr.

Yeah actually that was the biggest obvious difference in the two end prints.  The iPhone closer perspective vs. the Hasselblad that I had a longer lens on.  I'm thinking about experimenting with some of the add-on iPhone lenses for a future episode and seeing if they are actually worth getting.  If the biggest downfall of the camera is that it doesn't have a lens, and you could carry a tiny little telephoto around that didn't suck, that would be cool.

Hilarious. Nicely done guys.

That was actually funny and entertaining!  A+ would watch again.

love it... keep em coming!!


 hehehahahaha That was awesome! It's brilliant! Well done.

Love it. Hilarious.

Great stuff! Last night I did a photo shoot for a high end charitable event and it was all I could do to fend off the iPhone professional photographers.

Hi Kevin, great videos.

I just started taking some photography classes, and I need to buy a camera. Now, I'm 26 and I work (get a salary!), so I can certainly buy something thats <5k USD. I just saw your other vid on the D800 and the Mark III. Do you think it's too much to buy a Nikon D800 or a Canon 5D Mark III as a first camera? Is it better to start with something simpler? What would you buy?