iPhone Xs 4K video compared to a Panasonic GH5

Ricky, 07 November 2017

The iPhone X is making its way to the masses and with it, is a camera with excellent performance. It already got the highest marks from DxOMark for taking photos, but its video performance was also very good. The iPhone X is also among the first smartphones to be able to record in 4K resolution at 60fps.

Scores aside, Fstoppers on YouTube made a comparison video where the newly released iPhone X is pinned up against the Panasonic Lumix GH5. While that doesnt necessarily mean a professional should buy an iPhone X instead of a camera, you may be surprised at exactly what kind of video the iPhone X can output. In fact, the host admits that professional videographers use (and have used) and older iPhones footage all the time in commercials.

At first, we can see how the iPhones footage holds a candle to the GH5s in the short run. However, things change when zooming closer into the pixels. The iPhone Xs camera sensor is tinier by comparison and can only capture so much detail. This is where the GH5 was able to pull ahead.

However, where fine details may not even matter are on platforms like YouTube, which compresses the video anyway. So as long as you record on a stabilizer like a DJI Mobile, and as long as you have ample light such as outdoors, the footage will look really good. Low light is still a challenge for smaller cameras, so low light performance still looks better on the GH5 with its much larger glass.

The GH5 footage had to be color-graded out of the camera. But the host praised the iPhone Xs color rendering, which looked punchy and vibrant out of the phone and doesnt need to be tuned in post-production.

We didnt expect the iPhone X to be much better than the GH5 did, but when you consider the convenience of a smartphone, which is much easier to throw on a gimbal and start shooting, it has a certain benefit.

What did you think of the comparison?

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

LOL sorry but he's correct.. Nokia 808 still reigns in photography.. 950/XL is good though just not as good as 1020/808.. 808 is the best!

Well hey, you misunderstood I never said iPhone was good for videography, I wanted to say that videography from GH5 was far better than most DSLRs. I mean how can you compare a phone's sensor to a micro four third or a DSLR's. I mean you can fit mo...

  • AnonD-441601

Well it cpuld be true. I remember past times when i had just 3 years back in 1984 when i got a Sony cassete walkman on Xmas from my dad. Nobody had it in my town just me. It was weird.