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iPhone 7 Plus vs 100MP Hasselblad: Stitching Photos for a Fair Comparison

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An iPhone cannot compare to a $30,000 100MP Hasselblad camera. It’s like comparing a Chevy Nova to a Bugatti Veyron. But there is a way to make this comparison “fair,” and that’s what Usman, the lead photographer at Sonder Creative, did in this intriguing comparison video.

The comparison is made “fair” by using the iPhone 7 Plus’ telephoto lens to take hundreds of close-up pictures of a scene, which are then merged and stitched together to form an image that is (almost) equivalent in resolution to the single 100MP Hasselblad shot. In this way, Usman is able to pit hundreds of individual ‘Chevy Nova’ photos against our Hasselblad Veyron.

Here are the resulting images. The top photo, taken with the Hasselblad, weighs in at 100.9MP. The bottom, taken with the iPhone 7 Plus over and over and over again, comes out to 96.9MP.

Obviously, looking at the images embedded in this post on your browser isn’t going to do the comparison justice, so check out the video at the top to dive into every piece of the photos at 100% crop.

It turns out that, if you’re willing and able to do the work of creating a 100MP photo from a ton of individual shots, you’ll be rewarded with a much higher quality image than you might expect. Is it better than snapping one photo with a $30K medium format camera? I don’t know… would your rather drive a Bugatti? Can you afford one?


Image credits: Photographs by Usman Dawood/Sonder Creative and used with permission.

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