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D7000 images vs iPhone 5

docimmer

Eau Claire, US
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docimmer Registered since 29th Jul 2004
Sat 29-Sep-12 08:22 PM

I've been so impressed with the photos that I can take with my iPhone 5 I thought it would be fun to perform a comparison. Here is a screenshot of the Lightroom comparison view of three images taken of the same scene.

Top Left is taken with the D7000 - unadjusted, in camera,jpg
Top Right is taken with the D7000 Raw, and adjusted in Lightroom 4.
Bottom is taken with the iPhone, unadjusted

Cropping was done so the image proportions are the same.

Steve

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cwils02

HIXSON, US
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#1. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 0

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2012
Sun 30-Sep-12 03:33 AM

Steve, based on what I see on my monitor, I would go with:
1: Upper Right
2: Upper Left
3: Lower Center

They all look a little soft to me. Perhaps if you gave us larger images that almost filled the screen, we could make a better appraisal.

Try 1024x??? up to 1080x???.

The big difference I see is that in the iPhone photo, the sky looks washed out.

Can you shoot RAW on the iPhone?

Charlie

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docimmer

Eau Claire, US
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#2. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 1

docimmer Registered since 29th Jul 2004
Sun 30-Sep-12 12:37 PM

No, you can't shoot in RAW in the iPhone. But, it does have some interesting features. It captures panoramas in one continuous sweep of the camera:

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Also, below is the same iPhone jpg in my original post, with some Lightroom adjustments:

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The camera in the phone actually has a HDR feature. But, I haven't given it a try yet.

My point for posting this is that for a quick point and shoot situation, the iPhone camera is quite remarkable. And, it's always in my pocket. And, I think it would make very acceptable images for a 4" x 6" print or a Facebook post. I don't mean to turn this into a thread about the iPhone - but since I am a devoted D7000 fan, I see this as an adjunct to my D7000. Until now, I had a Panasonic Lumix LX3 as my point and shoot for when I just didn't want to bring my Nikon with me...now that seems superfluous.

Steve

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swyost

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#3. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 0

swyost Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Aug 2007
Sun 30-Sep-12 06:01 PM

No offense but I immediately picked the third image as being from the phone. Beyond that, realty is even my HTC Trophy will take a quality looking image of a landscape in good light. I also really don't see why this is posted in a D7000 forum. It seems to be about extolling the virtues of a camera phone....

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ORTHOZAC

ZACATECAS, MX
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#4. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 0

ORTHOZAC Registered since 02nd Sep 2009
Sun 30-Sep-12 08:18 PM

Hello Steve; Good afternoon:

I noticed that you NEVER implied that your iphone5 could take better pictures than your trusty D7000, it was very clear to me that you are so impress with some features and photo quality of your iphone5 that you are using it INSTEAD of a point and shoot camera, and only when you canĀ“t bring your bulky DLSR D7000 with you...been there, done that, only that my joker camera is my trusty Canon G11. Got your point and I agree with you, smart phones are getting better and I think that they will eventually replace point and shoot cameras any day soon... Regards... Joseph.

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benmlee

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#5. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 4

benmlee Registered since 03rd Jul 2012
Sun 30-Sep-12 08:31 PM

Having been shooting only point and shoot since almost beginning of digital camera, I am tired of point and shoot image. The colors and quality is just not as deep as the D7000. Is hard to describe. Even my wife said the image is better.
You probably can't tell just by looking at two pictures, but when you look at hundreds of point and shoot picture from all the vacation and kids and family, then look at the picture of the D7000, is obvious the D7000 is better. Is not day and night difference, but enough for you to know the difference.

RLDubbya

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#6. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 0

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Mon 01-Oct-12 08:41 PM

It's certainly true that if you don't have your camera with you, you will miss 100% of the shots you see. It's also true that if you can't use your camera quickly, you'll miss some percentage of situation-dependent shots.

I agree that the Smartphones are getting better. I haven't compared them to a same generation point-n-shoot, so, can't comment there.

However, and maybe I'm alone in this, I dislike the feel of the smartphone camera in general. It's been awhile since I had an iphone (a lack of user replaceble batteries), but IIRC, it used the home button to activate the shutter, which was much better than my droids. But even with that, a point-n-shoot feels better in my hand than a smartphone.

But, you have inspired me. My point-n-shoot broke, and I need to buy a new one. Because I have missed shots when I didn't have the D7000 with me. Some of my all time favorite images were birthed from a point-n-shoot.

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cwils02

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#7. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 6

cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Apr 2012
Tue 02-Oct-12 04:45 PM

>>"It's been awhile since I had an iphone (a lack of user replaceble batteries)"<<

Amen to that!!! How many tales have you heard of where people are stranded somewhere, and their phone batteries have died. When I'm off in the outback shooting by myself, I have a snack bag of phone batteries with me.

Charlie

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#8. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 7

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Wed 03-Oct-12 04:08 AM | edited Sun 07-Oct-12 05:54 AM by km6xz

No doubt, if I was a camera manufacturer I would be worried if my line was mostly point and shoot cameras, the bottom end and very casual shooting can be done entirely with a smartphone now, and it is free.
When displayed large, when trying to preserve DR of a scene or when light is not optimum, the DSLR of course shines.
I have not been a smartphone user and did not care about them but last week broke down and got a Samsung Galaxy SIII and find it quite impressive. Talk about convenient photos....I was in a cafe meeting a new prospective employee for a new start up business and took a photo of her, and sent her a copy directly by Direct Wifi to here and a copy to my laptop at home via email with 2 button clicks. It was geotagged and annotated with my notes and included her phone number/skype name that was sent directly to my phone from hers. Hummm, pretty cool.

I shoot less with my D7000 and D800 due to the weight negating carrying both all the time like I used to but that means lower frame counts but more serious and better images because those I do take are because it was the intended activity to be photography. Photography is starting to feel more like it did in the film era for me, more deliberate, less wasted shots, more time thinking about a shot than doing it. I think that is a good trend, but is sure is getting harder to cull out the non-keepers because there aren't many that are obviously not worth keeping. The phone will probably fill the need for opportunity shots and having something with me all the time. But it is not photography, more reportage, to me.
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gkaiseril

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#9. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 7

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Sun 07-Oct-12 01:38 PM | edited Sun 07-Oct-12 01:44 PM by gkaiseril

There are rechargable battery packs made specifically for the iPxd and many with a USB port on them, so you can use your phone's cord.

I like the iGo line as there are a battery pack, a solar charge, and multi-source computer power supply/charger that can share cords and one only needs a charging tip for a specific device. There is even a led light head and a AA/AAA charger.

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PAStime

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#10. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 0

PAStime Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009
Sun 07-Oct-12 03:17 PM

It is indeed remarkable on how good the quality is coming from recent smartphones. As we all know, they work well in good conditions. For difficult conditions we need our DSLRs. Peter

luckyphoto

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#11. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 6

luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Mon 08-Oct-12 12:34 PM

If you want a funny review at the iPhone 5 versus SLR cameras, take a look here, but be warned, there's a little raw language. It does make several good points for and against.

They compare against Nikon and Hasselblad cameras.

http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/iphone-5-vs-dslr-cameras/

Larry

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....and which is an illusion"

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RSchussel

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#12. "RE: D7000 images vs iPhone 5" | In response to Reply # 10

RSchussel Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Nov 2008
Mon 08-Oct-12 03:07 PM

I dont get all of the excitement.

Why would someone pay for a D7000 etc when there are decent point and shots available. The answer is obivious. Some of us can see the difference.

If you are looking at 4X6 prints it is hard to tell the difference .But I can tell you that in a large print most people can see the difference. Most like my wife dont care but they do see the difference.

If getting the shot versus not getting it, use the iphone camera. But for those of us who care stick to the D7000.It does things that creates envy for point and shoot enthuastists.

Bob

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