So, as I start kicking the tires more with the Canon G12, and looking at things like image quality, resolution, post production, and all sorts of tests, one that came to mind was to run some video tests! Since we’ve been talking about the convergence of photography and videography for a while now, that seems to make at least a little sense, right? Okay – so here’s the crazy test #1 that I just decided on a whim to run:

I positioned both my iPhone camera and the G12 at the same position on the kitchen counter. Then, I slid a Sprite can slowly toward the lens of each. This way you can see the video quality as objects move closer to the lens, and the quality of the light that each is capable of as well. Before I get into that though – let’s consider some other factors:

1. How easy was it to export the content?

iPhone: It wasn’t too bad – I have a Dropbox account, so all I had to do was upload it to my Dropbox account, then download from there to my computer before doing a final upload to the blog here for you all to view (no editing, I promise…it’s super boring!)

Canon G12: Also not too bad – I removed the card, and with my FTp client open, simply copied the file up to the blog. Here, I think Canon gets the nod, just because it was a tad easier, but it’s a barely perceptible nod, to say the least!

2. What about the file types and sizes?

iPhone 4s – It saved as an MOV file – no big surprise there, after all, that’s the Apple way of handling video files for as long as I can recall with Quicktime, right? The file size is for about 21 seconds and comes in at 50 MB. Not gargantuan, but for the super impatient, this could be a deal breaker for that short a set of footage. Youtube loads stuff pretty quick, so not a huge fan of this. But, let’s see what the G12 can do…

Canon G12 – It also saved as an MOV file – which for some reason, surprised me…I don’t know why I thought it would be an mp4, but anyway, that’s what it did. The file size for about 30 seconds and also comes in right at about 50 MB. So, it seems to handle video processing just a little bit better than the iPhone. I guess not a huge surprise since Canon has been in the video biz for as long as I can remember – longer than Apple for sure! It may not seem huge, but it can take a few seconds and for the impatient types out there, that could be a deal breaker, esp for a 30 second boring video of a Sprite Can, so here again, I would have to give a slight nod to the G12…

Now, let’s take a look at the actual video qualities (ready to sip some coffee?):

Canon G12

iPhone 4s

Canon G12: So, what did we learn from this? Well, for me I saw that the G12 handled the horribly low and bad lighting better than the iPhone. Youtube wanted to clean it up for me, but in the interests of keeping things as close to original quality as possible, I said “no”. As for focusing and such – the Sprite can lost focus rather quickly which surprised me. I would have thought that the G12 would have stayed sharper longer.

Apple iPhone 4s: Hmmm…another boring video of a Sprite can sliding across a counter. Again, horrible lighting, but what’s this: the focus stayed on longer for the iPhone than the G12?!?! It also seemed to handle the low lighting well enough – even though it’s still pretty garish, but dare I say that in terms of rough video quality from this very non-scientific comparison, the iPhone gets a bit of a nod instead of Canon! Interesting!

What say ye all? Which one wins the first round? More tests should be forthcoming, but it looks like the G12 gets a nod in 2 out of 3, but the critical 3rd – quality – the upstart iPhone 4s takes the cake. All things considered, my knee-jerk is to give the entire round to Apple! Is this deserving? What’s the collective think?

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3 thoughts on “Video War: Canon versus Apple

  1. Well you could have just connected phone via USB and dragged to pc and then uploaded directly to the blog… Or directly to YouTube from the iPhone.

    1. Thanks Ruby – the tethering is an option, of course, as always, but the goal here is not to have to break out cables to do any data transfers. Just like I don’t have to connect my camera to the computer to get media off the SD card, I don’t want to have to do that with my iPhone either.

      Also, sending directly to YouTube doesn’t really give you a chance to edit the video, add title effects, or other modifications if you are trying to stitch multiple media shots together. In fact… perhaps I should stop there for now… 🙂

  2. Walter Lustig says:

    Interesting experiment, Jason. Bad lighting aside, for me the iPhone 4s wins hands down. Definitely looking forward to your forthcoming tests. And at the moment a 7:0 vote in favor of the 4s is speaking for itself.

    Thanks and cheers

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