The iPhone X shoots entire cinematic video and gets pitted against pro 4K camera

Not for nothing, but the iPhone X is the first iPhone that has optical image stabilization for both of its camera sensors, and is also capable of 4K video recording with the smooth 60 frames per second. The other main reason for the amazing, cinematic quality footage it can produce is the A11 Bionic and dedicated image processing power to crunch all those frames without a hitch.

In the end, shooting with the iPhone X will get you some of the most detailed, smooth and sharp videos you can make this side of specialized movie-making equipment that costs much more. Don't believe us? Just have a look at this cinema-quality short film shot entirely on the iPhone X, and the subsequent fight betweeen Apple's latest, and a pro Panasonic GH5 that can also do 4K at 60 frames per second. 

The short was made by Ryan Earl and Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt, and showcases Elise Lepinteur, who is an apprentice for the famed dessert maker Christophe Adam, therefore it's called "Made in Paris." The iPhone X does hold its own, doesn't it? Now we are getting hungry just looking at what comes out of that oven.

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Depth of Field is depth of Field .... You can't get fullframe sensor DoF in 1/2.3" inche sensor ...

6. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Depth of field is controlled by the lens of a camera and your distance to the subject. The sensor size has nothing to do with it!

16. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

actually you cant get the same dof with a small sensor vs a larger one unless using much larger aperture. so..sensor size does affect the outcome .for an apsc sized sensor to give the look of a ff dslr sensor you need an aperture thats about 2/3 stop larger. the only zoom duo that can give the same dof on apsc as ff is the 18-35 and 50-100 sigma ART lenses. and btw, focal length also defines the dof youll get. in no way am I impressed with the iphone footage playing it off as pro content. the perspective is the same on almost all the shots. the dof has no shallowness it desperately needs in some shots. side by side shots doesnt mean jack s**t. we shoot many weddings with open apertures creating lovely selective focus where you cant do that with the iphone. fstoppers had this bulshet video last year with the 7s on how great it is in video as well. iphone has its place but it cant compete with the gh5. even having to bump the iso to 800 will render content from the iphone as not useable. where the gh5 can go up much higher and use VERY large aperture lenses. like Voigtländer f/0.95 the gh5 and Voigtländer glass will smoke an iphone day in and day out in render.

17. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Thanks for the more technical analysis. I read your first paragraph more as an affirmation of my post as opposed to it being a rebuttal though. It's the inadequacies of these small phone lenses that are the issue here. You are definitely correct about the focal length of a lens have an effect on depth of field too. Having a "longer" lens is just one way of getting closer or your subject... I also agree with you on the iPhone not being able to compete with the GH5. The second video posted here really shows off the superiority of the larger more expensive camera IMO.

18. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

was only adding to your comment. cheers

2. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

They should show us how they shoot the video. Bet on, they have used stands and cars to make it. And shoot many times same, to choose the best. What is the point of such videos, if not only iAd?

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Show how they shoot the video? check link in comment #4 If you want comparison with no additional equipment (except selfie stick) check iphoneX vs Note8 camera comparison in supersaf's channel

8. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Supersaf is great

14. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yeah so what, that’s how movies are made. I don’t think it’s trying to say that you should be replacing movie cameras with iPhones but more on the lineup wow look what you can do with a phone . Being able to put camera in the hands of the average Joe to allow them to compete with professional or at least do well is a pretty cool thing I think. There is a Lotta good things to be said about the new iPhone X . The fact is is this phone 4K at 60 frames per second and does a pretty darn good job at it think that’s the whole point of the article .

20. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

"average joe" would not get shots like these..hes average. and with the tons of gear itd still come out average.

15. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Oh and iAd really. Any body that says iAd or isheep are completely wrong. Generalizing people into categories just because they don’t like a phone or idea you like makes you look and sound stupid, immature, and really negative. If you were truly into technology and what may happen in the future, then you should be really excited when every phone comes out to appreciate what it has to offer. You don’t think the iPhone 10 is a high end phone that pushes the technology of other phone makers you just not swing the reality of it all.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

*Additional equipment and software used And that's more like $10k of extra equipments, and hours of software editing

19. rsiders

Posts: 2010; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Actually they didn't use a lot of expensive equipment if you click on the source link. A couple gimbals, stands and just great lighting. The key is the lighting.

21. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

oh really? didnt use expensive equipment? a couple of know how much a gimbal costs? a decent one $500 and a good one $1000. add a couple and thats $2000. "great" lighting will cost a cool 1k for good correct white balance lighting. so were at the very least $3000 without stands and accessories. so dont try to downplay it like its a $200 add on. this is my job. thats what I do. video and stills. youre talking outta your asz

7. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

After watching that second video I now want a Panasonic GH5 just for video! Thanks for posting it Daniel P

9. firebird820

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 01, 2017

In the second video, the cinematic camera is clearly purposely set to be overexposed


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha fail! They used other equipment and software to finish the film! So this is just cheating!

11. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You understand that literally every filmographer worth their salt also use a combination of equipment and software to finish their films, regardless of camera, right?

22. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

they dont use a POS iphone and try to play it off like its a pro camera. no matter what extra equipment was used (which was at least in the $2500 range) that footage is not impressive or convincing its pro level. but the average joe will say its amazing, as they dont know what good or bad footage is. look how many people use phones and still show garbage video and selfies when you can correct any mistake with a do-over and what of the tons of people who shoot video in portrait mode?

12. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That’s some fine tech.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The colors of the iPhone X videos are much more dull and washed out than the GH5, the GH5 is way more realistic and clearer. It's no contest really.

23. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Guys check out the Mate 10 pro simulated aperture samples. They are impressive imo. Go over to gsmarena.

24. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I just like the pastry haha.

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