Apple’s iPhone 6s shoots better video than my $4,000 Professional DSLR (with video)

“In a recent YouTube video posted by Lee Morris of Fstoppers, he has compared the new iPhone 6s to the Nikon D750 DSLR which was launched last year,” Tyler Lee reports for Ubergizmo. “Now in terms of photos we suppose you don’t need to test it to find out who won, however when it comes to 4K video recording, which device do you think handled it better?”

“If you thought that the win would go to the Nikon D750 by default, think again,” Lee reports. “According to Morris’ findings, it seems that the iPhone 6s has beaten the D750 in terms of 4K video recording.”

Lee writes, “Given that Apple only featured 4K video recording in this year’s iPhone, we have to admit that we are surprised it held up pretty well against a professional camera.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh, that Nikon video looks like absolute dog shit compared to the video shot by the iPhone 6s!


  1. Video on DSLR is still average.

    Nikon and Canon don’t have the best technology yet to shoot videos with their DSLR.

    On the other side, Panasonic, which is a video first compagny, is actually pretty solid with the LUMIX serie. Impressive video quality. Beat Nikon, Canon and iPhone 6s.

    Even the LUMIX GH1 gives superb HD quality for the price.

    1. I’m not sure if you know this, but there is a huge cottage independent film industry built around Canon 5D mark III and III. there is even third-party firmware development effort, “Magic Lantern”, which adds some functionality and features that filmmakers need.

      Even some commercial film and TV productions were shot using 5Dmk2 (an entire episode of the show “Dr. House” comes to mind).

      1. Good call Predrag,

        I own a 5Dmk2, 6D, a GH2 and a GH3. The difference is visible. If you have nothing to compare to, then its fine. If you do and take the time, for science, the LUMIX win big time.

        All my Canon have Magic Lantern. Magic lantern is not specifically aim at the videographer. Canon are just not shavvy enough(or don’t put ressources) toward software development. It is a shame, nowaday I would kill to have only one brand, one set of lens, one bag, one…

  2. I have recently film a informational video using a Nikon professional dslr camera at 1080 and as a second angle a iPhone 6 (not a 6 plus and not a 6s). The video from the iPhone was a little better than the video using the Nikon, but what really set them apart was the audio. The iPhone recorded a lot better audio quality that the Nikon camera.

    1. Glad you brought up audio. Most people overlook, however it’s just as important as video. Bad audio can ruin a well shoot scene. Silent movies were never silent, they came with a music score for a pianist to play. Getting good audio is hard because you need to be as close as possible. Canon offered a audio out jack before Nikon and that helped get them a jump in the video market. DLSRs make a lot of noise that their microphones pick up. Not having moving parts helped the iPhone. Even if you don’t use the audio it can help in syncing the clips. I found an adapter that lets you connect an external mic to an iPhone. You would think it would be easy but it’s not. Don’t remember the site, they don’t sell much else. Being able to hook up a shotgun to your iPhone helps a lot.

      On 4K. One of the big advantages is in editing. It gives you the ability to shoot wide then zoom in on what you want with out a loss in 1080p. You can correct shake, change angles, or pan a lot easier. I have seen a lot of reviews about how the new 4K camera on the iPhone, mostly how Android had it first. Nothing about how it will help you make better videos or if a editor can handle it. Do Android phones come with a video editor along with some great 3rd party ones?

  3. The way I choose to interpret this is not as buying advice, but as a sanity check on how far imaging in an iPhone has come. Independent of the comparison to the Nikon footage, the iPhone 6s video looked very good, including challenging backlighting conditions. The next time I need to shoot some B-roll, I might seriously consider using my iPhone.

  4. What a bullsh%& test. The problem remains that there is near zero depth of field control on the phone cameras or the option to manual focus properly during video shoots. All he is comparing is the equivalent of taking a snapshot video. Yes, for snapshots camera phones have come a long way.

  5. DLSR video is problematic, regardless of quality. The camera is not physically designed with video in mind: zoom/iris/focus, memory settings (such as being able to set two Z/I/F points and have the camera smoothly shift between the two, video formats, audio input and more. I’ve used our DSLR for point-and-shoot training videos (talking head as well as stationary recording of workers carrying out a process) and it’s been okay, but it’s useless for tracking shots, zooms, etc. And for quality, it is best to capture the best quality image you can in camera. Otherwise, post can become a nightmare.
    There is an impressive array of accessories for DSLR video, but once you go beyond amateur projects, you need to get a proper video camera.

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