#AskMahaMonday: iPhone X vs Canon 5D Mark IV - How do they compare?


Few weeks ago I made a quick comparison between iPhone X (Apple's new flagship iPhone) and 5D Mark IV (Canon's most versatile DSLR) and just for the fun of it, I've also added images from iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S4! If you haven't seen it, you should totally check it out here.

To be honest, I am not a techie person, and I don't have a lot interest in camera specifications, what I really care about is whether a camera can help me achieve my creative vision or not. Don't get me wrong, as a professional photographer, it's crucial for me to use gear that delivers top notch photos that match my creative vision to better serve my clients, which is why I have invested in my gear and to be fair, there is no comparison between the quality of photographs taken by the iPhone X and 5D Mark IV, but, and there is a big one.....iPhone X comes really close to the real thing with its digital bokeh effect!! And that's truly awesome!

Apple's iPhone X Portrait Mode has attempted to replicate shallow depth of field (blurry background & foreground) created with more expensive, fast lenses used in dedicated cameras. This particular mode makes use of the telephoto lens to shoot the photograph, the wide, f/1.8 lens for additional details, and algorithms to process soft backgrounds.

This is why I chose to focus on how photos compare when taken with Portrait mode, so let's take a look at the photos side by side, at first glance, would you be able to tell which one is which?

(Please note, I have taken both photos under the same conditions with natural light and edited the images pretty much the same way using Photoshop (brightness/contrast/shadows).

If you had your morning coffee you probably would be able to tell the difference, but seriously iPhone X is amazingly close to Canon 5D Mark IV! Now, at 100% crop, the difference is very clear and I bet you can tell which is which:

In case you were still wondering, the photos on the left were taken with my Canon 5D Mark IV (with 100mm f/2.8) and the right with iPhone X. 

As you can see, in terms of quality, sharpness, details and digital noise, the photos from 5D mark IV are much better, but then again, I am still in awe of how good the photos with my iPhone X are! Because unless you decide to create large prints of these images, it's not that noticeable on your phone screen or when posted to Instagram!! Also, the iPhone X weighs a fraction of the 5D Mark IV, which is a huge plus!

Now I've only had my iPhone X for about 10 weeks, so I will continue to play around and take the time to make the best out of it's camera, so please bear with me ;)

And now, it's your turn, I want to know what you think? How do the photos compare and would you replace your DSLR with your phone? Let me know in the comments below

As always, feel free to connect with me if you have any feedback or questions, and don't forget to submit your question to #AskMahaMonday here


Maha, xx



Maha Munaf

Creative professional passionate about design. Photographer, Architect, Traveler and Lover of coffee & cupcakes!