I know I’m not the first person to do this — in fact, I’m probably closer to the 2 millionth person — but I thought it’d be a fun experiment nonetheless. On my recent honeymoon to Italy, I took pictures of some locations with both a DSLR and an iPhone 4. Can you tell which is which?
The answer? The iPhone pics are on the left in every row.
No touch-up work was done to any photos. What you see up there is exactly what the “auto” settings of each device provides. In a couple photos, you’ll see that the iPhone’s default settings naturally saturate colors a little more than the dSLR. That’s probably intentional on Apple’s part, as color is the first thing people notice about photos, even if it’s not entirely accurate.
The dSLR I used was an Olympus E-420. Why an Olympus when everyone else uses a Nikon or a Canon? Because at the time it was the absolute smallest dSLR available. But it’s still a lug to carry around by today’s standards and nothing screams “I’m a tourist, rob me” louder than a giant camera around your neck. So on sunny days, I had absolutely no problem leaving the dSLR in the hotel safe and walking around with just my trusty iPhone.
Since a picture is worth so many words, I’ll just leave you with these photos taken only with an iPhone 4 at 7am on a Sunday morning in Venice…