The iPhone 11 Pro vs. The Competition

When Apple borrowed me the new iPhones I couldn't resist to shoot some comparisons. Obviously, technical comparisons like these are not even half the story. But I'm not going to publish the few hundred family photos I shot with the new iPhones already. So a few comparisons will have to suffice for getting to know the new cameras.


I compared the new iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 to last years iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and the Huawei P30 Pro. As an extra benchmark, I added a few pictures from my full-frame Sony A7 camera. (The Google Pixel isn‘t included unfortunately. Since Google decided not to sell it here in Switzerland I‘m not going to review or even recommend it.)

To say I was blown away by the new iPhone cameras would be an understatement. It's the most reliable smartphone camera I've ever used. No matter the situation (lowlight, kids, macro...) the photos and videos look stunning. Colors, exposure and even portrait-mode-images look so good I was never tempted to use Lightroom to fix something.

But enough from me. Let me know on Twitter what you think and discover. As a bonus, you'll find a link to all the photos at the bottom of the page.

So here are the comparisons…


Night Mode with a tripod

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11

iPhone 11 with flash

iPhone XS

Samsung Note 10+ (normal)

Samsung Note 10+ (night mode)

Huawei P30 Pro (normal)

Huawei P30 Pro (night mode)

Sony A7 III with a bit of Lightroom magic

Sony A7 III with way too much Lightroom magic

iPhone camera vs. NeuralCam

iPhone 11 Pro Max: NeuralCam app

iPhone 11 Pro Max: standard camera app

Night Mode without a tripod

iPhone 11 Pro

Samsung Note 10+

Huawei P30 Pro

Zoom with a tripod

iPhone 11 Pro: 2x

iPhone 11 Pro: crop

iPhone 11: 1x

iPhone 11: crop

iPhone XS: 2x

iPhone XS: crop

Samsung Note 10+: 2x

Samsung Note 10+: crop

Huawei P30 Pro: 5x

Huawei P30 Pro: crop

Sony A7 III: 90mm (JPG, no Lightroom)

Sony A7 III: crop

Zoom without a tripod

iPhone 11 Pro: 5x (no tripod)

iPhone 11 Pro: crop

Samsung Note 10+: 5x (no tripod)

Note 10+: crop

P30 Pro: 5x (no tripod)

P30 Pro: crop

Portrait Mode

iPhone 11 Pro

iPhone 11

iPhone XS

Samsung Note 10+

Huawei P30 Pro

Sony A7 III (with a bit of Lightroom magic)

Bonus 1: The files

If you want to inspect the photos closer I uploaded my comparisons to WeTransfer.

Bonus 2: A few of my favorite photos so far

Bonus 3: The Field Test

I left my A7 at home and only brought the iPhone 11 Pro to the Huawei event.

Here are the pictures:

If you‘d like to read my full review of the new iPhone 11 and the new iPhone 11 Pro you‘ll find it here at Tages-Anzeiger. But be warned. It‘s in German.