Comparing the Camera on iPhone 8 Plus with the $9,000 Hasselblad X1D



Although it sounds totally unfair comparing a $9,000 Hasselblad X1D digital medium-format camera capable of producing 51-megapixel image files with the camera on the iPhone 8 Plus that takes mere 12-megapixel photos, the folks over at Business Insider took the two gadgets out for a spin to find out how this incredibly expensive camera holds up when it comes to taking everyday, tourist-type photographs.

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The photographer captured the vibrant colors and always-busy streets of New York City’s Chinatown, shooting in manual mode with the Hasselblad X1D. “I was using the 45mm lens, which costs $2,695 and has an aperture range that goes from f-stop 3.5 to f-stop 32”, he writes. Side-by-side photos taken by the two cameras show how the iPhone processes colors and the pixels differently from the X1D.

“The fact that such a high-quality, medium-format, mirrorless digital camera exists in an easy-to-carry camera body is, in my opinion, an industry game changer. The Hasselblad X1D is lightweight and has a simple control system, and its high-quality results are worth its asking price.

The iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, will do just fine in most well-lit situations. When it comes to those detail shots and nighttime tourist excursions, however, the iPhone 8 Plus won’t serve you as well as the Hasselblad X1D”.

For more comparison photos in high resolution, click here.


  • The best comparisons would be to compare iPhone8+’s best photo with one taken as best to match it with the DSLR; at least by resolution. Check both automatic mode (with the same focal/exposure point – I hate when photographers don’t do this and one clearly exposes for something that makes the overall photo appear far inferior), and manual mode.
    ie, compare feature to feature, highest common denominator.

    A good list I’d love to see in detailed comparisons of any photography device would be –

    Fully auto: See what the camera calculates using the same framing to expose the entire image for.
    Semi-auto: Force an auto exposure for a specific element of the view to compare how it balances the rest.
    Full manual: Attempt to produce the best photo from the device (features on par) using the photographer’s skills.

    Heck, even higher megapixel resolution images could be shot and shrunk to the lower device’s resolution to see how good the quality is of the lower resolution.

    Little tests like that…

  • Or even, take the best photo with one device, and attempt to recreate it with the other. Then vice versa. Usually one will show its greater versatility over the other.

    Or in cases of being unable to compose the same photo, say by zoom range for example (like portraits), take the best of both devices at one distance optimizing for one device, then switch to the optimal distance for one and do the best with the other. (the portrait example in the linked article was awful; as were a few other examples where I can imagine ways of at the very least emulating the exact same image, not even via 3rd party apps – therein lies one benefit of the phone).

  • Riddlemethis

    This blog is absurd at so many levels.

  • Geeta Dutt

    Oh please!

  • FragilityG4

    Riddle Me This: Some say these mythological creatures live in caves or under bridges. But these very real people in fact live on the Internet, clicking, reading and complaining. What are you?

  • Stupid Click Bait

    A Ferrari can take you to the grocery store where you can buy your groceries and take them home in the car.
    A Chevy Impala can take you to the grocery store where you can buy your groceries and take them home.
    Which vehicle is better for shopping for groceries?

  • FragilityG4

    So by your analogy the iPhone is the Ferrari? I assume this because obviously the Impala is better for grocery shopping and the Hasselblad is better for photography thus leaving the iPhone as the Ferrari.

    Essentially, the bottom line is the spirit of the analogy is strong, but the effectiveness is weak.

  • BitterJoker

    Awww, somebody is salty, yet again. But you’re still here lmaoooooo

  • ddkkpp

    iPhone 8 – the best camera in the world if you’re not a photographer