It’s known that smartphone cameras are improving at break-neck speeds, offering great alternatives to the more expensive equipment used in most professional productions. Phone cameras are now becoming comparable to those expensive professional cameras, so it’s always interesting to see how they stack up against each other.

We’ve shared a video before of a RED Weapon facing off against a iPhone 7 Plus with stunning results. Now, the iPhone 8 is put up against a $30,000 RED-Epic W camera in a slow motion comparison.

The video is by YouTuber Jonathan Morrison who has recently posted several iPhone 8 comparison videos. He says the reason he did this video was because of the iPhone 8’s 240fps 1080p feature, which he says is not something that you find on many phones or even cameras. See his results below:

In the beginning of the video, Morrison is faced with the challenge of trying to shoot inside of a water fountain. With the iPhone 8, he is able to shoot up and close inside of the fountain shooting at 240fps 1080p. With the RED, to get to 240fps, he has to switch it to 2K recording, which crops it in, forcing him to film at a distance with the RED to compromise with its crop factor.

Next, he tests how the two compared capturing him jumping off the back of a park bench. The iPhone 8 performed impressively well against the RED. When using the RED, Morrison notes that the footage looks grainer because it is at a darker time of day and because its crop factor is so intense that they are letting in less light into its sensor. He points out that the RED isn’t exactly meant for 240fps slow motion, which shows how much of a special feature it is for the iPhone 8.

Morrison says that the point of this video isn’t to say that the iPhone 8 is magically better than the RED-Epic W, calrifying that the two obviously have two different sensors and will be used for different purposes. The point was to simply compare the two in terms of their capability at 240fps.

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Sean Berry
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