iPhone vs. Olympus OM-D E-M5 In Salon Photos!


After I did my video on tips to get the most out of your iPhone camera for client pics, I thought it would be interesting to put two almost identical pictures  – one taken with my iPhone, one taken with my real camera – side by side.

Both pictures here are the actual photos in the video, and I decided to post both retouched and the original, straight out of the camera versions of both pictures here. This isn’t really a “Which is better?” thing, because obviously almost any real camera will outperform the iPhone – it’s more to show that the difference between the cameras isn’t really THAT big, and you can get something useable out of an iPhone picture!

I left the pictures enormous (by web standards) so you can really judge them.

The Final Pictures: (I suggest opening them in a new window to see them full size)

 

Iphone vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 hair salon lindsey photo shootout

 

Iphone vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 hair salon lindsey photo shootout

 

The UnRetouched Pictures:

 

Iphone vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 hair salon lindsey photo shootout

Iphone vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 hair salon lindsey photo shootout

The camera I use (other than my iPhone) is an Olympus OM-D E-M5, a cute little camera that is very small and not threatening – People don’t get nervous the way they might if you were in the salon and whipped out a giant DSLR, which is great.  Almost all my photos are done with an Olympus 45mm 1.8 lens.

All of these in salon photos were taken with the EM5 and the simple method in my video.

So what am I trying to say here? Well, obviously a real camera is going to take better pictures than a cell phone, but you can get surprisingly good pictures out of your phone if you know how to use it – and the limitations of your phone can actually be used to your advantage, with all the photo editing apps and filters out there!

I like having my camera, but you can bet that if I didn’t have it I’d still be taking pictures with my iPhone.

 

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