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. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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