iPhone X vs DSLR Long Exposure Photography

In this video I head down to Rutledge Falls to test out the new long exposure mode on iOS 11 with the new iPhone X.

How does Apple's latest attempt at using software to overcome hardware limitations compare with a professional DSLR camera? Let's find out together!

The images from the iPhone X do not have any post-processing applied to them aside from using the long exposure mode. The DSLR shots were processed using Lightroom/Photoshop. Slow motion footage was also shot on the iPhone X in the new 240fps/1080 mode.

These are some of the shots with the DSLR:

 Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 80mm | f/11 | 61 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 80mm | f/11 | 61 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

 Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 100mm | f/9 | 10 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 100mm | f/9 | 10 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

 Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 145mm | f/11 | 30 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 145mm | f/11 | 30 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

 Setting up the camera to shoot some waterfall details at beautiful Rutledge Falls.

Setting up the camera to shoot some waterfall details at beautiful Rutledge Falls.

 Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 200mm | f/11 | 20 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 200mm | f/11 | 20 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

 Canon 5D MKIII | 16-35 f/2.8L III @ 20mm | f/11 | 30 seconds | ISO L(50) | B+W 82mm F-PRO ND 3.0-1,000X MRC ND filter | Quantaray 82mm Circular Polarizer

Canon 5D MKIII | 16-35 f/2.8L III @ 20mm | f/11 | 30 seconds | ISO L(50) | B+W 82mm F-PRO ND 3.0-1,000X MRC ND filter | Quantaray 82mm Circular Polarizer

 Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 120mm | f/9 | 131 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

Canon 5D MKIII | 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ 120mm | f/9 | 131 seconds | ISO L(50) | Hoya 77mm NDx400 HMC | Hoya Circular Polarizer MRC

These before/after images were taken with the iPhone X with a tripod in the default camera app. No post-processing was done to them aside from using the Long Exposure mode.

A few things on using this mode:

1. You can shoot with HDR enabled with live photos, but it will not work when you use the Long Exposure mode. This can result in blown out highlights depending on your subject matter.

2. Even if you shoot with a tripod the Long Exposure effect will still slightly crop your image. I assume this is part of the software auto-aligning the duration of the live photo to process the long shutter effect.

3. Just like with the portrait mode, the masks that iOS creates for objects is not perfect. Upon close inspection of things like the rocks in these photos you can see some artifacts appearing where the effect was erroneously applied to areas that were not moving.

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