How iPhone 7 compares to a pro movie camera

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 14.00.41 No, it’s not a fair face off. But it’s pretty
Photo: Potato Jet

Apple loves to talk about the quality of its current-generation
iPhone camera, but how does it stack up against a professional
movie camera?

In a new video,
L.A.-based filmmaker and YouTuber Potato Jet, shoots footage
with both the iPhone 7 and the $82,100 Arri Alexa camera, the
same camera favored by the likes of Steven Spielberg.

It’s a totally unfair contest, but a pretty intriguing video
nonetheless. Check it out below.

of course the comparison between iPhone and movie camera isn’t
fair. The iPhone camera is one feature on a sub-$1,000 device
designed to be quickly and easily used by everyday users, meaning
that a fairer comparison would be to a decent SLR that costs
roughly the same amount.

The iPhone
isn’t supposed to be a rival to professional movie cameras, but
it has found a use — including
among professional photographers
— due to its lightweight
portability that makes it easier to snap images or video in a
way that would never be possible with a professional camera.

It’s also a
camera which has proven good enough to be used professionally
in some contexts, as with the 2015
Sundance movie Tangerine
, which was shot on an
iPhone 5s.

Ultimately, the iPhone is doing what Apple has done for years:
taking a creative tool and making a “good enough” version
accessible to the masses. No, we’re never to reach the point
where Game of Thrones is shot on a basic iPhone. But
anyone who remembers the first cellphone cameras not all that
long ago surely has to be impressed by what Apple manages to
squeeze into the tiny form factor of an iPhone.

What do you think of the iPhone vs. Arri Alexa face off?
Leave your comments below.

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