“Our recent review of the Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog joystick-and-throttle combo was notable not only for the really cool, really expensive piece of gaming equipment it featured, but also for the much-more-expensive full-frame DSLR used to take the article’s pictures: a $3,400 Canon EOS 5D Mark III,” Lee Hutchinson writes for Ars Technica. “This is a fair amount of scratch to lay down for a camera, especially when the Internet is full of examples of pro photographers going the opposite direction, ditching bags of expensive gear in favor of smartphone cameras for most applications.”
“In one corner, we have Apple’s latest and biggest smartphone, the iPhone 6 Plus. The new iPhone’s camera has a scratch-resistant sapphire outer lens, a fixed f/2.2 aperture, fancy optical image stabilization to help make pictures clearer, and a 1/3″ 8-megapixel sensor, which produces stills with a max resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. There are a number of other sites that have good breakdowns of some of the extra fancy technology Apple has crammed into the phone in order to make it take excellent pictures, but there’s a lot going on inside that little chunk of electronics,” Hutchinson writes. “In the other corner, we have—well, we have a whole mess of Canon gear. To start with, there’s the EOS 5D Mark III, a ‘prosumer’ model of DSLR—that’s ‘digital single-lens reflex,’ meaning that the view in the viewfinder is coming in through the lens, instead of through a separate viewfinder hole. The 5D Mark III comes with a 22-megapixel “full frame” sensor, meaning the sensor that actually takes the picture is about the same physical size as a piece of 35mm film (the 5D Mark III’s sensor is 36mm by 24mm), which yields a picture size of 5760×3840 pixels.”
Tons more in the full article here.