iPhone 4S vs. Canon T3i Video Comparison

I shoot a lot of video with my iPhone. But how does it really compare to a higher-end camera? In this comparison, I show the exact same video on an iPhone 4S and a Canon T3i.

Now since having shot this, I found I can remotely focus the T3i by using a remote. This autofocuses the camera and takes a quick picture. But then you can remotely turn on the video and have a sharp video picture.

What is important is that the iPhone does remarkably well. If I were just shooting web video for myself, I think I could just use an iPhone. I mean why have the added expense of a separate camera and lenses? It is nice have a flip-around LCD panel so you can see yourself though.

I don’t know. What do you think? Is the iPhone video good enough?


  1. Hi Scott,

    I knew you would be one of the first people demonstrating the 4S – thank you.

    In this video you mention one of the differences being the “lenses” on the 4S and T3i.

    I don’t have an iPhone yet (getting one this week) and would like to see how the ‘stick on lenses’ for the iPhone work. They seem inexpensive but I haven’t seen any sample videos using them.

    Here is the link (not an aff) if you want to check them out http://www.blacks.ca/User/feeds/feature/id/3928

    Keep up the good work!

    Dean Jones

    • Glad I can help, Dean. I’m blown away by the camera of the new 4S. It’s so much sharper and brighter. It alone is worthy of the upgrade.

      I haven’t tried any of the jelly lenses that you reference. The polarizing lens looks interesting to me.

      I have tried some of the older magnet ones on a Kodak Zi8. I wasn’t impressed with the quality. And you shouldn’t use these with the iPhone . First, you wouldn’t want to stick a ring on the back of the iPhone and second, you don’t want to use any magnetic stick-on lenses. I’d avoid them from the quality standpoint though.

      I have purchased the OlloClip. I’m VERY impressed with it. The wide angle and macro lenses are awesome. I’m not sure when I’d use the fisheye though. I have to caution you, the OlloClip isn’t cheap at $70 though. It has great optics and I love how it just slips on.

      The Jelly Lens maybe as convenient and definitely a whole lot cheaper. If you get any video examples with it, let me know. I’d love to see them.

  2. Thanks for the good short article, I was looking for specifics like this, going to check out the various other articles.

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