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How Smartphone Portrait Mode Works And Compares To An US$8,000 Camera
By Yoon Sann Wong, 12 Dec 2017
Tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee pits the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 and approximately US$8,000 Hasselblad ‘X1D’ against one another in his video on portrait mode.
Using edge detection and blur variation, Brownlee explains the differences in results between smartphone and professional cameras.
Some noteworthy points made include the iPhone X’s somewhat “sloppy” edge detection, where the camera uses the face as a guide but blurs out everything else—ears, hair, shirt, and more included. While the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 does a pretty decent job with edge detection, Brownlee awards Google’s Pixel 2 with the most pleasing, albeit artificial results. Furthermore, when it comes to an inanimate subject, the Hasselblad appears to dominate and deems the smartphone portrait mode clearly inferior.
Even though smartphone cameras have experienced great advancements through the years—ability to tweak the amont of background blur and vary brightness post-process are some examples—Brownlee is confident that traditional cameras will always have their place.
“I think you and I will always be able to tell the difference if you pixel-peep enough between a smartphone camera and a big sensor just because of the physical constraints of trying to make such a small sensor do such big things,” concludes the YouTuber.
Watch his video below.
[via PetaPixel, video via Marques Brownlee, images via video screenshot]
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