Canon-Aps-c equivalent apertures

Started Mar 24, 2018 | Discussions thread
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Canon-Aps-c equivalent apertures

I just calculated Canon-Aps-c equivalent apertures of the latest smartphones and made a list. Aps-c equivalent aperture isn't very relevant for jpgs as every camera has very different algorithms (white balance, exposure, multi frame image processing, tone curve, color reproduction, etc), but it's at least useful or interesting to know if you want to shoot low light photos in raw, though some phones can't shoot in raw and even raw files can be extremely different (for example different color profile or even firmware bugs).

The Aps-c equivalent aperture shows at which aperture a Canon-Aps-c camera would capture roughly the same amount of light as the smartphone, if the shutter speed is identical (but remember that phones with a very fast aperture like f/1.6 need a shorter exposure time in very good light conditions in order to prevent overexposure, so equivalent aperture is more relevant for average/low light conditions where you can choose the same shutter speed) and if no multi frame image processing is involved.

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 f/5.6 - f/9

2. HTC U Ultra f/6.0

3. Samsung Galaxy S8 f/6.3

HTC U11 f/6.3

HMD Nokia 8 Sirocco f/6.3

Lenovo Moto Z2 Play/G5 Plus f/6.3

Asus Zenfone Zoom/Zenfone 5 f/6.3

4. HMD Nokia 7 Plus f/6.5

5. Google Pixel/Pixel 2 f/6.7

6. Sony Xperia XZ1/XZ2 f/6.8

Huawei Mate 10 RGB camera ≈ f/6.8 (assumption: 1.25 micron pixels like P9)

7. Oneplus 5t ≈ f/6.9

8. Bullit Group Kodak Ektra ≈ f/7.1 (assumption: 1.12 micron pixels)

9. LG V30 f/7.2

10. Lenovo Moto X4 f/7.5

11. Apple iPhone X/iPhone 8 f/7.7 (assumption: 1.22 micron pixels like iPhone 8)

Huawei P10 Plus RGB camera ≈ f/7.7 (assumption: 1.25 micron pixels like P9)


Apple iPhone X tele f/12.5 (assumption: 1.0 micron pixels like 8 Plus tele)

Samsung Galaxy S9+/Note 8 tele f/12.5

Nikon Coolpix S9
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