The iPhone X is a 4K video camera that’s almost as good as a DSLR

“We’ve seen Fstoppers’ Lee Morris review the video capabilities of previous iPhone generations, and the iPhone X got a similar treatment.,” Chris Smith writes for BGR.

“The camera pros at Fstoppers’ tested the iPhone X’s 4K video capabilities against the Panasonic GH5, which is their favorite video camera right now — that’s an expensive mirrorless camera that does deliver DSLR-like performance.,” Smith writes. “Unsurprisingly, the iPhone X is even better than previous iPhone models at recording 4K video. In most cases, it’s able to deliver an experience on par with the GH5, although the GH5 will offer more detail when zooming in, and will record better video in low-light conditions than the iPhone X.”

Smith writes, “The iPhone X may not have the same sensor and lens as the GH5, but it’s still able to deliver a 4K video experience on par with DSLR/mirrorless cameras in most cases, and even exceed expectations…”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s really amazing what iPhone X packs inside its small case! And, after years of iPhone Plus models, it’s nice to be able to sit down with iPhones in our front jeans pockets again!


  1. As someone who used to make their living as a Photographer.
    No, this is fanboy bullshit.

    I would love to see Apple partner with a Camera company and make a proper interchangeable lens camera. A plastic lens smaller than a shirt button on a tiny target is not a replacement for good interchangeable glass and a large image receptor.

        1. You sound like the bitter old farts who didn’t get to review the X before the YouTubers. Maybe you didn’t watch the video, they shot parts of TV commercials with an even older iPhone. That “fanboy bullshit” has 400k subscribers and they make a lot of money in part from regular old “point and shoot for snapshots” (condescending bullshit) iPhones. Moral of the story, you can be a professional videographer without hardware the size of a cinder block.

          1. The iPhone is a great engineering accomplishment and can be a very valuable tool. What I object to is people comparing a cell phone camera to a professional grade set of optics on a large, high quality receptor.
            It is not about snobbishness as I have Leicas, LUMIX (Panasonic), Olympus, Canon and Nikon cameras in my collection. I have also used my iPhone extensively for photography, but the clip on lenses do not replace a lens that bu itself costs more than an iPhone X.
            This lens is $9,500 used, for example. I do not have it, but have used one that belonged to someone else.

            1. What it comes down to is that iPhones can be used to produce video content that will satisfy virtually all viewers. Of course the hardware of DSLRs is much better, but increasingly it doesn’t matter. Most of what you see on YouTube is filmed with iPhones. You’re focused on the hardware, the viewer doesn’t care, what’s important is whether the end product satisfies the viewer.

      1. It is the basic posit that a fixed lens cell camera is somehow comparable to an interchangeable lens camera with a high quality receptor. Yes, a Radio Flyer Wagon and a Tesla Model S can both get you from New York to Boston in the snow, but which one would you rather make the trip in?

        1. That analogy is lame. For most recent iPhone owners, there iPhone is the best digital camera and the only video camera they own. For everyday use and even Prosumer applications, they are quite capable. As much as i love(d) my DSLR, idont take it with me on hikes and trips anymore cause the iPhone does a great job at a fraction of the weight- in my pocket instead of hanging around my neck.

          1. It has a fixed lens. That makes it a snapshot camera unless you are doing street photography, The Plus and X models have two fixed lenses.

            I do not object to anyone claiming the iPhone is a great snapshot camera, but to claim tin any way compares favorably to a large receptor interchangeable lens camera with high quality glass is more than a stretch.

    1. that is because the iPhone X camera must fit into a very small space, DavGreg. As a result, low light performance suffers (collecting fewer photons per pixel) and you do not have all of the bells and whistles of a larger, hand-held camera like optical zoom. But that is not the point, and you know it you crotchety old fogey.

      The point is that the iPhone X camera performed amazingly well despite those limitations. If you cannot understand that distinction, then you might as well find somewhere else to troll.

      And the iPhone has never, to my knowledge, used a plastic lens on its camera(s). Look it up.

  2. Under certain circumstances, with certain types of subjects, specific lighting, the iPhone can give you excellent DSLR-quality pictures/video.
    Except when it can’t–when you need real telephoto, wide angle, wide open f-stop, etc.
    OTOH, the best camera is the one you actually have with you.

  3. So, and this is a *real* question: how does this camera compares with the one of Google’s Pixel2? Is the latter really better compared to the one on the iPhoneX? Thanks in advance for replying.

    1. From what I’ve read and comparison photos I’ve seen, the Pixel 2 has a slight edge, especially in low light situations. Given all of the other advantages of the X over the Pixel though, I don’t think there’s any reason to choose the latter unless you’re already committed to Android.

  4. The iPhone has a good camera.

    The thing that sets it apart is the hardware/software combination that takes the image and perfects it. That’s what makes the difference. A phone camera will NEVER be as good as a DSLR. With sensors and glass size does matter!!!!!

  5. Any 4K video camera you happen to have on you in a pinch is a great 4K video camera.

    (I use a Sony A7S II with full frame sensor with HDMI Recorder and Rokinon cine lenses for 4K UHD normally. But in my old life I used to shoot with 35mm Panavision Gold & Platinum, Arri BL, Arri IIC, Fries, Mitchell R35 & standard rack over cameras, Mitchell VistaVision, Beaumont VistaVision, Photosonics, etc.. Fun but heavy equipment era.)

  6. The video basically states, for well lit points of interest, the iPhone will get you almost as good as a Pro DLSR or in his test case, a Lumix GH5. Almost is not as good as, but if the iPhone is the camera you have, it’s the best camera for the job. Don’t worry you are going to get 4K video, no one can tell the difference on YouTube.

  7. It is excellent. If you aren’t a professional film maker, it is likely all you need. Though I am fond of pro equipment, personally, and it’s true, you aren’t going to replicate that with any phone, what Apple is able to achieve is pretty dang impressive. The ‘average Joe/Jane’ never had it so good.

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