The iPhone 6s vs Nikon D750: 4K video beating the pants off a DSLR

The iPhone 6s vs Nikon D750: 4K video beating the pants off a DSLR
The iPhone 6s ushered Apple into the world of 4K video recording that Android handsets have been inhabiting for a while now, and, as usually happens when Apple considers a technology mature enough to offer it on its handsets, the 4K video shot with the new iPhones is polished and well-done.

Don't believe us? Check out the video below, where the 4K footage from the iPhone 6s gets compared to the best footage produced by a Nikon D750 digital SLR camera. The iPhone 6s, claims Lee Morris from Fstoppers, shoots with way better detail, livelier colors and a more pleasant contrast setting, compared to the DSLR. 

Granted, the imaging processor inside the iPhone are leaps and bounds above the processing power in the DSLR, and the iPhone's 4K optimization has likely been a year in the making, but it's reassuring to know that in broad daylight the phone in your pocket can shoot as good a video as some DSLRs, and then some. As a bonus, we are throwing in a bikini shoot that Lee Morris did with the iPhone 6s, just to prove what a phone is capable of in the hands of a skilled photographer.

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. vivaapple

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

iPhone 6s will absolutely take the number 1 spot in the dxomark. you will drool for sure. but if you are bitter man about this phone, of course nothing it can do for you, everything on iphone are failed for you

2. FReDcc

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Regained No.1 spot.Again

42. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It hasn't and it won't. Even the iFan websites like theverge and gizmodo have been meh about the 6s camera and they make (and made) any excuse to level it with the competition in their comparisons. If their own fanboys can't get behind it in full strength, then likely an objective website like Dxomark will rate it higher than the current crop of Android phones only by some miracle.

52. FReDcc

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

okey bro, believe in whatever makes you happy. I am not in for a debate.

3. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

Yes, hail the breakfast camera...

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Any cell phone can do it, beacuse D750/D810 can't even do 4K. Offcourse you wouldn't know this as you have no clue about cameras and only clicked this link because it mentioned iPhone. They won't try against Samsung NX1 or Sony a7R II which can do 4K and are targetted at videographers. It's just news beacuse it's an iPhone. If he compared Note 3, one of the 1st 4K capable phone, result will be similar.

38. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The "bitter" man has spoken and has spoken the truth. Honestly, I didn't know about this and thank you for enlightening me with the info. I would understand a site which doesn't deal on stuffs like phones or cameras to post this but Phonearena? It looks like they want to post everything that's fruity! And loh, the fans...they're no less.

39. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

DSLRs are not meant for videos, it has additional feature of recording video. But the primary purpose of DSLRs is pictures. They should compare it with some high end camcoder

55. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Depending on the camera. Sony, with their latest DSLR technology excels at video. The sony dslr video capability blows Nikon and Canon away.

54. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Exactly.. Some people are purposely doing all kind of misleading crap to cheer a brand.

67. zkyevolved

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

Totally agree...

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

And the next Galaxy 7 will take the spot back, then iPhone 7 will take it again... and so on and so on..

13. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

the iPhone hasn't had a number 1 spot in at least 3 years!!!

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I doubt they will this year either The iPhone 6S is worse than the iPhone 6 in low light Apple should have improved the lens, f/2.2 isn't enough these days But dxomark has fallen in quality, so maybe it's still possible since the Z5 ending up coming up on top even though it is worse than the S6 according to reviews/comparisons Which is kind of surprising considering the S6's sensor is 1 year old now

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure it has, sales, brand ranking, and customer satisfaction rating, there's 3 right there.

44. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How this is relevant? I ak sure they were talking about the dxomark'z ratings.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31256; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not sure if post 13 was, or not, so I responded blindy.

57. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, I think you find that with go to the new Microsoft 950xl sorry to say

31. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

"iPhone 6s will absolutely take the number 1 spot in the dxomark." Lol don't get your hopes up. It's good. But I doubt it can beat S6 edge+ camera.

56. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Oh man

66. T-rex unregistered

Its 10, congrats

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Funny since a Nikon D750 doesn't shoot 4k but only 1080p, nice comparison there

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Exactly, same for D810. But nobody in the comments would have any clue about it and start another useless debate.

10. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree. Always hyping up the iphone man. Phoneradar already uploaded iphone 6s heat test. People might want to check it out:

41. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

What's special about that video? Lumia 930/Icon hits 44°C under 10 minutes and still works fine, even under this heavy load. Actually the temperatures are really decent for a 4K video recording this long and with flash.

60. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Like most Android flagships with their overheating processors. Hopefully the 820 fixes that...

5. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The last pictures are on par with point and shoot cameras but no way better than dlsr's. Come on guys you don't need to be a photographer just to see if the iphone pictures are sharp or not.

9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Is this relevant since the Nikon doesn't even shoot 4k?

11. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

It's a big NO. It is like comparing a plate and a saucer. Not a relevant comparison

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Lol 100% sensationalism, this guys knows exactly why the iPhone is doing it better than the Nikon, but he pretends he's surprised so that those fans can wank off at his video.

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