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.