iPhone vs Canon 7D

May 3, 2010 by Ryan Ray 

Hey everyone, hope the weekend has been kind to you. I hope you’ve been reading and staying up to date with all the iPhone stuff lately. Don’t let the iPad overshadow your love for the iPhone. So let’s get into it for today.

Obviously after reading the title you can get a hint that I’m not entirely serious about putting these two up to battle in terms of features, quality, etc…The 7D would crush the iPhone if we are talking about technical specifications.Rather I’ll be putting these two head to head in theory of convenience. When I need to shoot something which is my go to device? What situations lend themselves to the iPhone or 7D, etc… So instead of talking about apertures, lens available, frames per second, etc… Let’s just consider the convenience factor.

We’ll start with video. The iPhone and the 7D both shoot video, obviously the 7D wins with it’s many flavors of video. 1080p and 30 and 24 FPS, and 720p at 60 FPS, while the iPhone shoots at maybe half that resolution. The real deal is that I find myself often shooting with my iPhone. That is when I’m not focused on visual quality, but just capturing a moment. If I need the quality then I definitely drop the iPhone quickly. The iPhone also let’s you share your video extremely fast. I can upload to YouTube, send to friends via email or MMS, etc… While with the 7D I must import and then I must compress it to fit onto YouTube, Vimeo, etc… it usually takes my iMac about 1.5 hours to compress 4 minutes of full HD from the 7D. Now given that the sound and video aren’t the best, I wouldn’t do anything that required professional footage with the iPhone but I’m thinking about some fun videos to make with it. If you want to see some really cool ideas check out incase’s videos with their iPhones showing off how strong their cases are.

What about photos? This is really where without a doubt I use my iPhone more than my 7D, sadly though… I hope to fix the problem this summer, but when it comes to convenience the iPhone rules again with it’s ability to quickly capture and share a shot. There are thousands of photo editing apps that will help spruce up your image as well. I’ve even gone so far as to start doing a 365 project all with my iPhone. Can it shoot in low light, trigger flashes, easily adjust aperture, ISO, etc… not a chance, but I can shoot a picture quicker than I can get a lens out and on my 7D.
In reality the 7D spanks the iPhone in any kind of video and photo shootout. But there are uses for both, more often I leave the 7D to when I need the power and professionalism. In everyday life I use the iPhone. It’s already with me and does a decent job at capturing moments that otherwise would disappear into time. I’m really excited about the next iPhone update as well, looks like an even better camera will be in it! What are your thoughts on convenience vs features? Let me know!

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  3. Michael Britt on May 13th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Hi Ryan,
    Nice article. The iPhone is a very capable video camera especially if getting quick information out is your goal. I covered NAB this year with a Redrock Micro rig, iPhone 3Gs and a Litepanels LED light. You can read about my set up at

  4. Ryan Ray on May 14th, 2010 11:51 am

    Very cool Michael!

    I really think we’ll hopefully see a beefed up camera on this years iPhone 4G, and I do hope they call it iPhone HD because it shoots HD video! Even if it’s not that great of quality I want something to in 16:9 and 720. None of this VGA stuff we currently have. Here’s to both of us wishing for a nice camera upgrade in June!

  5. ovi on May 22nd, 2010 11:12 am

    Pity on you. Too much steve jobs injection that you took? Oh my… noob.

  6. Ryan Ray on May 22nd, 2010 11:31 am

    Ovi, what do yo mean? Explain further please!

  7. Matteo on February 14th, 2011 3:25 am

    You should do Car vs Skateboard next time… this just doesn’t make sense… can’t really compare a professional tool vs a consumer cellphone. if you have a 7D you have it for a reason…

  8. Lobby on May 17th, 2011 2:56 pm

    This is the silliest blaugh post. And a reminder again at how ridiculous blaughs are. You need an idea of something to write about that you neglect to use common sense. What in the world about all of those words that you wrote is slightly interesting or a new take. No kidding an iPhone is more convenient to use than a dslr.

    -single-handedly trying to lower the amount of blaughs/negative guy.

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