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iPhone vs Hasselblad: Are you still thinking about buying a new camera?

One of the photos below came from a Hasselblad camera and medium format digital back and another from an iPhone 5S. Which one?





Now, watch this video:

iPhone vs Hasselblad, a studio photography joke:-) 


Here is the lighting setup for the iPhone:



and the Hasselblad H1 with Leaf Aptus digital back:





What is The Right Answer? Click here to see

This shot was captured with the iPhone:


It had some post-production (a video will be posted later), it’s usual for any studio shots we do.
To make thing clean, here is the unprocessed, un-sharpened 100% crop of the iPhone 5s shot:


iphone vs hasselblad studio photography test
The iPhone has a wider lens than the one I had on the Hasselblad (120mm HC macro), and it is evident. However, the image quality at web size is almost as good as the one from the Hasselblad.

What is the conclusion?

Enjoy your camera and learn how to get 110% out of it’s capabilities before upgrading it :-)
~Alex Koloskov


If you want to check the original TIFF iPhone file yourself, you can download it here after login (it is free to register):

Download TIFF File


For the reference: this this below was done using Cambo Ultima D view camera with wide angle lens and Leaf Aptus DB. See how different this glass looks like, on the corrected perspective distortions with tilt/shift movements.


Product Photography Lessons: Smoke




More about this shot:

Getting Creative in Product Photography: Video Tutorial of how to photograph smoke

Lighting I’ve used for the shot:

Entry-Level LED Lighting for Studio

iPhone 645Pro camera application:



Watch a post-production of this iPhone image here: iPhone in-studio shot: retouching in Photoshop (real image quality)

34 Responses on iPhone vs Hasselblad: Are you still thinking about buying a new camera?"

  1. Avatar of Rich Rich says:

    Hello Alex,

    can you provide links to gear from which is made stand under the whiskey glass? It seems like regular stand with some mounting hardware. Thanks

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