Image Test: Canon EOS 700D Vs. Phone Camera

Image Test: Canon EOS 700D Vs. Phone Camera

There’s no question that a high-end camera is vastly preferable to a smartphone — but what if the majority of your photos end up on social media sites like Facebook? Can you really tell the difference? In the following gallery, we pitch Canon’s new EOS 700D DSLR equipped with an 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor against Samsung’s Galaxy Note II phone camera…

The EOS 700D replaces the EOD 650D as Canon’s top tier entry-level DSLR. Specifications include a new standard zoom lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM), a 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor and a DiG!C 5 image processor. (You can find out more about the new model by checking out this video.) The Samsung Galaxy Note II, meanwhile, boasts a 8-megapixel camera with inbuilt flash.

To test both devices, we shot using the auto mode in a variety of environments and uploaded the results in their original resolutions. Check out the images below and judge for yourself: can you pick the DSLR? (To make things interesting, we mixed the orders up for each sequence.)

Indoors test

Indoors test: moderate lighting

Low light test

Outdoors test

Macro test


  • From top to bottom, my guess is that the EOS is the shot on the right, left, right, left, left, right. I guessed all but the waterfront shot based on the thumbnail. I had to look at the full size waterfront shots to see the difference in detail there.
    I think I guessed them all correctly except for the coin one. The file names give it away.

  • Decent test – I honestly couldn’t tell with certainty – they both just look “different” quality, but not really less or more..

  • My guesses for the EOS were left, right, left, left, left (confirmed by resolution of photos, file names).

    Based upon the example photos, the metering is visibly better on the SLR. The balloon photo indicates a limitation of the lens on the Galaxy.

    Honestly, I suspect you could get better photos out of the Galaxy with a few tricks, and I am pretty sure the low light test photo favours the SLR because there is no reflective surface to pick up the flash (unlike the sliver stuff on the Galaxy photo).

    I am also sure you could get much better photos out of the SLR (I am assuming this was on auto), but then again far too many people buy SLRs only to leave them on auto… There is way too much noise on the portrait photo.

  • The only one where I guessed was the waterfront, and even then it was an educated guess. On the others I was 100% certain, and it was all to do with how the sensor handled bright or direct lights / dynamic range.

    Interestingly I think the phone version of the 50c piece shows better detail, but with worse handling of the light.

    • the coin one taken by dslr is out of focus, apparently the hand is place closer to the lens than the minimum focusing distance

  • I “accidentally” looked at the filenames and EXIF data (well, the filenames were really an accident, EXIF data not so much.)

  • I’m not reading the above comments so as not to bias my selection.

    Indoors test: Hard to tell. I’m going to take a punt and say the left is the SLR as it is lacking bloom and is slightly more focused on the balloon and with a slight softness in the particle board ceiling.

    Indoors test moderate lighting. Right is SLR: Clear low noise bright red pimples (sorry). Also noticeably brighter.

    Low light test. Left is SLR: Shallow depth of field focusing on the pipe and half way down the brick wall. Also right is very muddy in it’s colour which is a tell tale sign of camera phone.

    Outdoor: Can’t tell at this resolution. Which is probably proves the point of this article. Well done!

    Macro. Right is SLR: can tell no bloom on coin edges also micro scratches a crystal clear.

  • Not a good test IMHO. What you’re really differentiating here is not the hardware, value for money or quality, but simply how good the auto mode is.

    If you’re going to do nothing but shoot on auto then you shouldn’t buy a DSLR.

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