iPhone 11 Pro vs. First iPhone (Camera Comparison) – Krazy Ken’s Tech Talk


(soft techno music) – Hey guys, how are you all doing? Really? That’s just great, I’m
doing pretty great today too because it’s 2020 and I have an original iPhone, here with me. This thing came out almost 13 years ago but recently Apple blessed
us with the iPhone 11 Pro with it’s beefy camera system. And it got me thinking, how does the camera system on here stack up to the original
camera system they shipped with the OG iPhone in 2007. So there’s only one
way to find out, right? Let’s take some pictures. Before we get in depth, here’s a few sample photos I shot. I’ll admit the original iPhone held up a little better than I thought it would. My main issue was focusing on close-ups but we’ll revisit that topic later. Another stark contrast, no pun intended, was the difference in dynamic range and we’ll revisit this later, too. Here’s a quick run down of the specs. The first-gen iPhone has a
single two-megapixel camera and a three point five inch screen with 320-by-480 resolution. The iPhone 11 Pro has four cameras, three of which are on the back, the cameras have varying focal lengths and each uses a 12-megapixel sensor. The iPhone 11 Pro boasts a five point eight inch
OLED Super Retina XDR display with a two million
to one contrast ratio, and a 2436-by-1125 resolution. So just from rattling off the specs, it seems like the iPhone
11 Pro is just gonna smoke the original iPhone, right? But like I’ve said before, it’s
not about the tools you use, it’s about how you use the tools. So you can still get great
pictures with the OG iPhone. But let’s look at some more comparisons and see what the similarities
and differences are. But also we’ll take a look
at some of the nuances that come along with using an older phone. One big feature I missed while
using the original iPhone right away was the tap to focus feature. It’s something we use without
even thinking about it today. But I completely forgot this feature doesn’t even exist in this device. I had to rely completely
on the fixed focus. Yeah, there was no autofocus either. Ah, very humble beginnings. You also can’t use the volume
button to take a picture, which is a handy shortcut
we enjoyed today. Another thing I forgot
about is how minimalist the old camera app was. There’s no manual
controls, there’s no grids, there’s no filters, not even a timer. And on newer iOS versions, I
like to swipe on my lock screen to get to the camera,
but on the older iPhone, you had to unlock the
device, locate the camera app and then open it. Boy, we’re really spoiled nowadays. Anyway, let’s go ahead
and shoot some photos. Since the first-gen iPhone
uses a two megapixel sensor, all its photos will render
smaller so keep that in mind as you’re watching this video on your 120-inch 8K
television in your man cave. First thing I noticed is
the fuzziness of the 2G pic. And like I mentioned earlier,
I found it hard to focus on close up objects and tap to focus wasn’t a feature yet on this model. I tried moving to different
distances but had little luck. But keep in mind auto
macro also wasn’t a feature until the iPhone 3GS so close
ups will be a challenge. That aside you’ll notice on the lamp a significant difference
when it comes to the bokeh or the bow-kuh if you’re
that kind of person. In the first-gen photo, we don’t
get much shallowness at all but we get plenty with the iPhone 11 Pro. Keep in mind this is without
portrait mode enabled by the way, so this is
completely done optically. There’s also more noise
in the first-gen photo, probably because the ISO is cranking up to compensate for the low light. Also the noise in the first-gen
photo looks more colored and a little messy, but the
iPhone 11 Pro’s noise looks more clean, and the sharp
foreground details are preserved. Let’s do a dynamic range test. Both of these look all right,
but in the first-gen photo, you’ll see our highlights clip. Whereas in the iPhone 11 Pro
photo, the details in the wall and the light fixture are preserved. In this low light scenario. The first-gen held up decently naturally, but like the last photo, the
blacks look more crushed. And again, it was harder
to focus on the foreground, but overall it performed
better than I expected. Now if we take a look at
sharpness, details in the wood appeared a little splotchy
in the first-gen photo, but overall the image does
also look under exposed. Again it’s all automatic
settings, so I had no control over the exposure and the focus is fixed. In the 11 Pro photo exposures are balanced and the sharpness is preserved. I’m no computer scientist,
but I believe some of that sharpness preservation
is helped made possible by deep fusion, a photo feature in iOS. The background is also shallow, which I think looks prettier. And it’s difficult to
achieve that on the first-gen because of the optics. There’s many factors that
affect the shallowness of a photograph but in
the original iPhone, the wider lens and the smaller aperture, are some of those main reasons as to why we can’t achieve the shallow look. Regarding color, the
first-gens color looks nearly identical to the 11 Pro. The big differences again are
in the highlights and shadows. Also, I noticed more shutter lag in the first-gen photos too, the exposure time metadata isn’t
present in any of the files I lifted from the phone. But just from a visual standpoint,
it looks like the shutter is slower than in the 11 Pro
pics, but because the first-gen doesn’t have all the
computational photography tricks and more advanced optics and
sensors that are in the 11 Pro, it has to fall back on settings
like a longer exposure time to get more light into the photo. But the longer you
expose, the more streaking you can get with shutter lag. Now there’s no front facing
camera on the OG iPhone, so what the heck did people do before we had the modern day selfie? Do you remember? That’s right, we used a bathroom mirror. Okay, so my particular full
body mirror isn’t in a bathroom. But that aside, unsurprisingly,
the skin tones look more true to life on the 11 Pro. And again, this is probably
due to a lot of the computational secrets behind the phone. But this is also because
the noise is more colored in the first-gen photo which interferes with that nice skin look. Also, just in case JJ Abrams is watching. This is how lens flares compare. So do with that what you will. And I would also love to compare video recording capabilities
but the original iPhone didn’t have a video camera. So we’ll have to skip that. Today I believe a lot
of us take technology and features for granted
because things change a lot. So it’s kind of humbling
to use an older device just to see what kind of
features we had back then. So I encourage you do that every so often. And like I say, especially
when it comes to photography, it’s the skills, not the tools, you can still take great photos
with something like this, because in the end, the best camera is the one you have with you. Thanks for sticking with me. Catch the crazy and pass it on. (soft techno music)

21 Replies to “iPhone 11 Pro vs. First iPhone (Camera Comparison) – Krazy Ken’s Tech Talk”

  1. Enjoy the new video! And don't forget to subscribe and click the Bell so I can send new videos right to your device. Have fun! : D

  2. The OG iPhone holds up pretty well when you think about it. Also, about that video thing:
    I'm pretty sure that if you find a way to jailbreak this device and install an old version of Cycorder you could record videos on that thing

  3. 4:50 I'd say that the shutter speed is probably somewhere around 1/4 seconds to 1/30 seconds given that the streaking is present, but not bad enough to obscure all detail.

  4. "Your main issue was focusing on close-ups" – that would be because the original iPhone had a fixed-focus lens. It literally cannot focus on anything closer than its minimum focus distance, which is about 12 inches, IIRC.

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