Is the iPhone Xs better than a DSLR?

The latest camera technology in the iPhone Xs and Xs Max leaves us wanting very little. With impressive customization and control, it’s the most powerful camera some people have ever owned.

Is the iPhone Xs better than a DSLR?
  • What are the camera differences between the iPhone Xs and Xr? While theiPhone Xr has a single 12-megapixel camera, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max have two of them.
  • Can you combine an iPhone and DSLR? Thanks to the Pictar Pro, you can. It gives you all the control you want right on your smartphone.
  • Where can I find the best accessories for mobile photography? In our category, of course! We’ve got all the best lenses and accessories for every iPhone version.

Ever since the launch of the original iPhone, this impressive device has received tons of praise. Namely, the camera inside improves with each upgrade, elevating the average consumer into an Ansel Adams of sorts. In fact, there have been entire weddings shot with only an iPhone.

Of course, the best camera is the one you have on you. How many times have you had to decide whether or not to bring your bulky DSLR on your journey? On the other hand, how many times have you actually left home without your smartphone?

If the best camera is the one you have on you, then your iPhone outdoes your DSLR every time for the sole fact that it never leaves your side. But is it really worth ditching your DSLR for good?

The almighty iPhone

The announcement of the iPhone Xs and Xs Max was the biggest step in camera capabilities we’ve seen in a while. Although the iPhone X wowed us, the latest devices have gone a step further.

The iPhone Xs and Xs Max have dual 12-megapixel cameras, just like the iPhone X. But, that’s where the similarities end. With Portrait mode, the new iPhone devices have adjustable aperture. This means that you can adjust the depth of field even after you press the shutter button. They also feature Smart HDR. With this, the photos have more shadow and highlight detail so you can say goodbye to blown-out backgrounds. This function also helps to smooth out details such as faces. With a wider pixel size, the iPhone Xs and Xs Max also perform better in low light situations.

iPhone Xs features

iPhone Xs features

There are other benefits to using your iPhone for photography. With the native camera app being so good, you can take your photos to the next level by using Lightroom Mobile and other great apps. A smartphone is seldom banned in public spaces, unlike DSLR lenses over a certain length. Plus, as you upgrade your iPhone, the camera upgrades as well.

The powerful DSLR

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or simply love the medium, using a DSLR for photography is an experience. No matter the model camera, you can always set it to manual mode to achieve the exact look you’re after. Or, you can use the pre-programmed modes for a little shortcut.

DSLR features

DSLR features

With a DSLR, the benefits are abundant even if it takes years to master. Exceptional control is paired with a seemingly never-ending list of lenses you can use if you don’t mind lugging around all your gear. Likewise, you can always buy more SD cards so storage space isn’t really an issue (your computer hard drive is another story). For many, RAW images from a DSLR are ideal but they do require a bit of extra processing. That said, you get impressive control even down to the pixel.

Comparing the specs

When it comes to control, any DSLR will take first place compared to a smartphone. Although mobile devices have come a long way, they aren’t yet up to snuff with manual mode on a traditional camera.

For the true photography lovers, the adjustable aperture feature is a little gimmicky. While it’s pretty cool, part of the art of photography is getting everything right in camera as possible. Plus, the blur effect isn’t quite like the natural creamy bokeh of a DSLR.

The intangibles

The choice of camera goes well beyond the specs and camera itself. You must also take into consideration the processing of your images. With an iPhone Xs, you have up to 512GB to store photos and videos. From there, you have the native camera app to adjust your photo to your liking. Or, you can instantly upload to any 3rd party app to get countless presets, filters, stickers, and tools all at your fingertips.

However, with a DSLR, you’ll have to download your images via Wi-Fi, SD card, micro SD card, or by cable. Then, you’ll need an organization and filing system either on your device or with a hard drive. This added step can add time to any process and delay even the simplest of social media uploads.

The verdict

Unless you’re a photographer, the answer is obvious. It’s more practical to use your iPhone Xs or Xs Max than your DSLR. If you’re looking to document and share your adventures, the iPhone is an absolute no-brainer. If you’re after convenience, then even the older iPhone models (along with other smartphones) can get the job done. However, if you’re wanting to print your work or even go on to sell it, then a DSLR is a must

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Meet Ashley Timms

Ashley Timms is an editor at Gadget Flow where she gets to write about the most incredible products in the world. When she’s not writing, she’s producing fine art dog photography.
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