QuickTake 100 vs iPhone 11 : 25 years of digital photography in the view

Since the iPhone 11 Pro is released, its camera with three lenses under the spotlight. It has been compared to its competitors at Huawei, Google, and Samsung, and its predecessors, the iphone X and XS. Purpose why not compare it to what was going on better there are five, ten, or even twenty-five years ?


So here is the exclusive test of the new iPhone 11 Pro, compared a picture of day and night to its predecessors, the iphone 6, 4 and 3G, as well as the QuickTake 100, the digital camera that Apple sold in 1994.


QuickTake 100. Image Eduort (CC BY-SA)

The QuickTake 100 [a name that Apple has taken to a new function of the iPhone 11, ndr] was the first digital camera intended for the general public, at a time when the film 24×36 reigned supreme. It had a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, or 0.3 megapixel ! Revolutionary at the time, it was not, however, exceptional in the day (especially in close-ups, when you forgot to add sti macro lens optional), and downright unusable at night.


QuickTake 100

QuickTake 100

The original iPhone of 2007 and its successor, the iPhone 3G in 2008, shared the same 2-megapixel camera, no flash, no autofocus and no video function. This would have been enough to send iMessages, but the system had not yet been invented ! Then we would send a text message, when the operator wanted to.


iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G

The iPhone 4, in 2010, made his camera a real commercial argument. With 5 megapixels and a backside illumination sensor, it became possible to make quite nice photos, but the results of that night were very sketchy, in part due to a limited opening up to ƒ/2.8 and a climb slow and poor in ISO.


iPhone 4

iPhone 4

The iPhone 6 suggested, like sti’s predecessor, a sensor of 8 megapixel camera coupled with a five-element lens opening ƒ/2.2, but it added two restaurants greatest assets : an autofocus phase detection, and even optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus. Night shots, in particular, had progressed well.


iPhone 6

iPhone 6

And then here is, the iPhone 11. To date, it is still stuck at 12 megapixels, which is a fair bit. Apple has preferred to develop the software features, such as HDR and portrait mode. And of course, a night mode directly inspired from that of the Google Pixel 3 : press the button, and do not move. Finally, just make sure you don’t move too much : the iPhone compensates for the movements to get a long exposure of several seconds, perfectly clear.


iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11 Pro

To compare, we have also photographed the same scenes with a great dslr, the Nikon D800 which, the air of nothing, the date when same 2012. Thanks to its sensor of 36 megapixels, it offers a level of detail and grain that is incomparable photography of day.


Nikon D800

Nikon D800

On the other hand, at night, in spite of a good lens (a 50 mm opening at ƒ/1,8, it’s hard to compete with the sharpness it of the iPhone hand-held. Not to mention that with the full-size, you lose in depth of field, with a zone of sharpness that can be reduced like skin of sorrow.


In order : QuickTake 100, apple iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 6, iPhone 11 Pro and Nikon D800.

QuickTake 100, apple iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 6, iPhone 11 Pro and Nikon D800

In summary : the iPhone becomes good, and at this price, this is the least of things !


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