As of October 1st 2017 Shooting Star Photography is now Lyndsey Smith Photography

Most people have a phone with a camera on it these days, whether it’s a smart phone or not. I’m an Apple girl, so I have an iPhone…but this post isn’t about what brand of phone is best, it’s comparing the snaps you can capture with a phone to that of a professional camera with regards to what you can do with them afterwards.

I thought that during Isla’s newborn session that I’d do a little test to blog about when I had a minute. I finally have a minute!

Here are the results:

Baby in basket. Comparison between iPhone and D800Quite shocking really, don’t you agree?

When I am taking photos on my iPhone for my Photo A Day challenges, they look ok. Ok so, the lighting is set up for flash, so probably isn’t the best for iPhone image, but I wanted to use the exact same conditions.

Let’s look a little closer.

iPhone Image


The image is very grainy due to the low light, meaning there is not much detail at all in the baby’s face. The colours are not a true representation of the actual set up.

Whilst doing a little bit of research, I came across this website which suggest the largest I can print my iPhone photos is up to 10×8″. Well, that’s no good! If I wanted to print bigger, I would have to print on canvas, the biggest size I could print being 20×16″ …which is actually the smallest wall art I sell. A 20×16″ image looks great in groupings rather, but as a main image, in my opinion, would look a little lost.

Living Room Canvas with iPhone image

Camera Image


I shoot with a D800, the file sizes are quite large, the camera itself is large…and heavy, so when I’m out and about, I use my iPhone…which I never, ever, print from, so both have their downsides! However, the quality is just out of this world with the camera, and you can print pretty much any size you wish! Below is an example of a 40×30″ wall art which is the centre of attention, as it should be.

Obviously this is from a different angle, but that’s because I’d have lost even more quality from the iPhone image had I zoomed in.

Living room with large 40x30" canvas

As of October 1st 2017 Shooting Star Photography is now Lyndsey Smith Photography