Here’s a consideration that I believe to be true for most of us. iPhone photos are better than film. If you can date your photographic experience back to 35mm SLRs; back to yesteryear where film ruled, then you might agree that an iPhone can take photos that are better than what we took just a decade or two ago.
I say that based upon a weekend with family and friends. Cameras were everywhere. No, not DSLRs, the SLR’s replacement. And, no, an iPhone’s photos technically are not better than or perhaps even equal to a good DSLR today. That’s not the point.
To the average photographer who needs a photo now, iPhone photos are better than film. How so?
Over the weekend I took a few hundred photos on my iPhone Xs Max. Videos, too. Many hit Facebook and Instagram for friends and family. Each photo I uploaded was higher quality with more detail and better colors than any photo I ever took with a 35mm SLR and film.
Here’s a good test that will prove my position.
Grab a photo print from an album or shoebox; wherever you keep the prints from yesteryear. Then, open up your iPhone, open Photos, and select an average picture. Then, compare the two side-by-side. The one you took with film and had printed years ago, and the one you took most recently on your iPhone.
What’s the difference?
iPhone photos are better than film. iPhone photos rival those taken with today’s DSLRs.
Yes, inherent differences in quality remain– the laws of physics apply to camera lenses of all sizes– but it doesn’t matter because most of us are not professional photographers with an experienced eye for visual artifacts, aberrations, depth of field, aspherical surface issues, barrel distortion, color depth, Moiré patterns, noise, or most of the other components of photography.
Simply put, today’s crop of premium smartphones– with their build-in cameras and computational software– take photos that look better in almost every way than film ever did, and are so improved in recent years that they compete with DSLRs.
Look at what the last decade of iPhone and camera advancements hath wrought. Photos better than film. Photos that rival expensive DSLRs. Videos that are higher quality than broadcast. iPhones are used in feature length movie production.
What does that say about the future?