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Pro photographer says iPhone 6s shoots better video than a Nikon DSLR

Published Oct 8th, 2015 3:06PM EDT
iPhone 6s Nikon DSLR Video 4K
Image: Chris Smith, BGR

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have better cameras than any of their predecessors, and early photo and video recording tests have proven that Apple is once again setting a new standard for smartphone photography.

But the new iPhones aren’t better solely when it comes to photos, because videos are vastly improved as well. One pro photographer who relies on DSLR cameras for professional shoots compared the iPhone 6s against a Nikon DSLR that costs thousands of dollars, finding – to his amazement – that the iPhone 6s shoots much better video.

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Lee Morris from Fstoppers thoroughly tested the iPhone 6s in a range of situations, proving it can be used to shoot professional video, even though it might not be a better choice than a DSLR camera. In one of his tests, he compared the video quality of the iPhone 6s (4K video) against the Nikon D810s and D750s that Fstoppers uses on a regular basis.

“It was impossible to tell which footage looked best in the field but once we got back to the office the comparison was pretty shocking,” Morris wrote. “The iPhone’s 4k footage downscaled to 1080p was significantly better than the Nikon D750.”

“In ideal shooting conditions, a cell phone has much better color, much better contrast, much better detail, a higher bit rate than a professional camera” like the ones Fstoppers uses every day, Morris said in the video, while acknowledging that the iPhone 6s can’t beat the DSLR in every shooting scenario, especially in low light.

Morris revealed that he’s mainly frustrated that Nikon can’t offer 4K video when more and more smartphones that are significantly cheaper than a DSLR offer more and more advanced camera features each year.

Check out the full video, complete with video samples, explaining how the iPhone 6s can beat DSLR cameras:

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.