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Video shootout: iPhone 6s vs. entry-level Canon DSLR

Published Oct 19th, 2015 5:40PM EDT

With the iPhone 6s, Apple added a number of compelling and arguably long overdue enhancements to its iconic smartphone. Not only was the front-facing camera upgraded from a paltry 1.2 megapixel sensor to a 5 megapixel sensor, but the rear-facing camera got a nice bump up to a 12 megapixel sensor as well.

On the video side of things, Apple graced the iPhone 6s with the ability to record video in full 4K quality. Coupled with iMovie, the iPhone 6s is effectively a movie production studio you can keep in your pocket.

But how does 4K video on the iPhone 6s compare to what you might capture with an entry-level Canon DSLR? Well, PhoneArena set out to put Apple’s next-gen smartphone to the test.

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The video below pits 4K video footage taken with an iPhone 6s against 1080p footage taken with a Canon Rebel T4i. Sure, the T4i isn’t the newest kid on the block, but phoneArena points out that as a popular entry-level camera, it remains an interesting comparison.

To be fair, neither device was designed with video recording as its primary function in mind. Still, it’s not as if most people are going to shell out thousands of dollars for a top of the line video camera. For many of the millions of iPhone 6s owners who want to know how their device stacks up against a DSLR, the video provides an interesting reference point.

Of course, if you’re sill itching with curiosity over how video on the iPhone 6s stacks up against a more recently released DSLR, well, we’ve got you covered there too. The video below measures video taken with an iPhone 6s against footage taken with a Nikon D750 DSLR.

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.