Is a good camera important?? - Pro vs Amateur CHALLENGE

  • Published: 18 July 2019
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    For years, smartphone manufacturers have said that their built-in cameras are SO GOOD that you no longer need a 'real' camera. So can a professional photographer with a smartphone beat a total pleb with a 'real' camera? Only one way to find out...

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  • Wouter Verbruggen
    Wouter Verbruggen  4 months back

    "is a good camera important?" If you actually did a fair test then no. If you actually wanted to test this, you would ask them to the exact same thing and compare the results. This was just a Linus vs. Brandon competition with a catch, nothing more. A good photographer is always more important than a good camera. The video itself, the idea and execution, where very awesome tho. You guys are crazy I love it :)

    • Jaws2817
      Jaws2817  1 days back

      @Linus Tech Tips Maybe a follow up with more scientific testing would be better to get a more quantifiable answer. Have them stand side by side and get the same shot to see who can come up with the best photo with more objective judging rather than points being awarded for who had the more creative ideas for the photo.

    • Eltonic
      Eltonic  3 weeks back

      It's like an electrician with a Swiss army knife vs some random with proper tools. The electrician will do a better job with the army knife because they actually know what they are doing, but if they had the proper tool kit they'd get the job done faster and to a better standard.

    • Roach DoggJR
      Roach DoggJR  3 weeks back

      @Dan my name And even then, knowing how to use the camera does not make you a photographer. Real photographers work for media companies and the likes to go out there and capture moments that are relevant for many.

    • Bryan
      Bryan  1 months back

      Photographers always pretend they have a difficult job and more talent than they actually have, only thing worse than a vegan, really. There are more photographers today than anything else... because it doesn't take years to learn if you put in the time. Technology is getting to the point where it doesn't matter what camera you use, there are videos comparing $400 to $4000 cameras where professionals can't even tell the difference in the final shot. Anyone could download the best software in they wanted to, which is insanely easy to use (I've been using photoshop for 20+ years, lightroom for 3.) This stuff isn't rocket science, it won't get anyone a PHD.

    • Tech bman
      Tech bman  1 months back

      love how this comment has the same amount of likes as there are dislikes on the video

  • Nathan Hood
    Nathan Hood  10 hours back

    One of the most fun videos you have on the channel! Was amazing to watch

    • Lee Pellman
      Lee Pellman  15 hours back

      To hear linus say "wow" and "this is a big sensor" is worth the watch.

      • NonSenseGaming
        NonSenseGaming  1 days back

        When you discover the videos was 40 min long... after you've finished it.

        • Tom Sharman
          Tom Sharman  1 days back

          This was the best episode so far.

          • Volvith
            Volvith  3 days back

            Gonna be honest, this doesn't seem like a fair competition.
            On the one hand you've got someone who just... really isn't that familiar with the equipment they're using.

            On the other hand you've got Linus "bumblefuck" McGee, otherwise known as "Dropper of Things", or "The Professionally Unprofessional". :'D

            EDIT: Wait what the fuck.

            • Oscar Cusick
              Oscar Cusick  3 days back

              starts talking about a new laptop when there's a mangled test bench in the background!!🤣🤣 (1:00)

              • Cedar Creek
                Cedar Creek  3 days back

                Why the red camera's though... You aren't shooting a AAA movie for fucks sake.

                • The PDX Perception
                  The PDX Perception  3 days back

                  Should have actually used those photos for the merch.

                  • Ajoi Zainal
                    Ajoi Zainal  3 days back

                    hahahahahha i laugh so hard

                    • Arpan Ghosh
                      Arpan Ghosh  4 days back

                      Best LTT video ever! XD

                      • Harsha Bm
                        Harsha Bm  4 days back

                        stupid video

                        • Shravan Ruplal
                          Shravan Ruplal  5 days back

                          This is like top gear challenges but with technology

                          • Sahil Gusain
                            Sahil Gusain  5 days back

                            I think linus won because of his creative imagination and a fun perspective. In his defence he doesn't even know how to use that particular camera. Brandon used his experience and knowledge but the results ended up looking very standard professional photographs, while linus bought something fun and fresh.

                            • Packerman120203
                              Packerman120203  6 days back

                              When we had a dog and we wanted to give him stuff other than regular dry food, we had canned stuff that not only looked exactly like beef stew, it also smelled amazing

                              • Cameron Simison
                                Cameron Simison  6 days back

                                does linus even know how to use a camera?

                                • doel89
                                  doel89  7 days back

                                  33:16 thats the face of saying :" oh crap im no longer needed in the company. linus can do it himself"

                                  • Bien Mark Morfe
                                    Bien Mark Morfe  7 days back


                                    • TechTac
                                      TechTac  1 weeks back

                                      *Best video done on this channel*

                                      • Charles-Remy Chapman
                                        Charles-Remy Chapman  1 weeks back

                                        An interesting video linked to an interesting topic. I do professional photography, (and hobbyist), and I have been asked this very question. While your video does make some good points, and demonstrates the reason why the most important part of photography is the photographer, regardless of equipment, I think it also lacks some considerations. First, your video places Linus, using a DSLR with virtually no knowledge on how to operate the device, competing against Brandon with a cellphone, (which if you don't know how to take photos with it, I got no clue what to tell you). It would be interesting if you also did the flip side, show Brandon with the DSLR. Your video also looks from a novices standpoint, in terms of usability, in any professional capacity (as I learned the hard way) People judge what you bring to take photos, No one would pay $200 for photos taken with a cellphone. From a design standpoint, in direct sunlight your cellphone can prove hard to see, whereas DSLR's have view finders, which help significantly, also DSLR's are capable of long exposures, and using other lenses well beyond a cellphone's capabilities. On the flip side, the camera you have with you is far more useful than the one left at home, cellphones are smaller, (generally) and have added benefits, like cloud access built right in, and with some apps a bit of it's limitations can be removed. MOST cellphones still have 2 downfalls, Zoom most phones rely on digital zoom, which take quality away from photographs, and for the second Most phones are not equipped with active image stabilization. (NOTE: as with everything their is exceptions to what I said, and what anyone says). My opinion is that the best photographers can take excellent photographs with ANY camera, whether they have a $26,000 Super Camera, or a $0.50 cheap toy camera. Orsen Welles best said it "The Enemy of Art Is the Absence of Limitations"

                                        • Rufus Connolly
                                          Rufus Connolly  1 weeks back

                                          Loving the top gear style challenges XD

                                          • Robert Wright
                                            Robert Wright  1 weeks back

                                            This was one of the most fun and entertaining videos I have had the pleasure of watching. You guys are amazing, thank you for the hard work and creativity!

                                            • Inside An E Girl
                                              Inside An E Girl  1 weeks back

                                              iphone 11 pro is here now with 4k lol

                                              • Zelow79
                                                Zelow79  1 weeks back

                                                Excellent video I was thoroughly entertained.

                                                • The Zapper
                                                  The Zapper  1 weeks back

                                                  This is by far one of the best video you guys have made, and remarkably, it had very little, if nothing, to do with either tech or tips in using tech. I found it to be incredibly fun, very enjoyable and it was just plain good times. It's great to see you guys more just having more or less spontaneous fun, than reading from a set script describing tech things (though those are also, obviously great too thus the large following and all your success). I feel like all the challenge videos you guys have made have been among the best (Scrapyard Wars, etc) that you have posted. I really hope to see more of these in the future! It also, actually made me want to complete a challenge like this myself just to see how my photos would've come out. Great job all around!!!

                                                  • Aleksandar Delic
                                                    Aleksandar Delic  1 weeks back

                                                    I think that the reason Brandon's photos weren't as emotional is because he just had trouble embracing the goofiness of the challenge whereas Linus is just always goofy so it was easier for him to feel free... Still this was incredible video and I hope we won't have to wait so long till next one.

                                                    • Adam Karim
                                                      Adam Karim  1 weeks back

                                                      Me : at night scared
                                                      The other side of the dore : have you ever hert of glasswire

                                                      • PC Master Trends
                                                        PC Master Trends  1 weeks back

                                                        THIS VIDEO belonged in channel super fun! not your actual intellectual channel!

                                                        its obvious the new crew and changes would be welcoming for channel super fun! Try bringing it back! so this channel can stay focused on more real tech!

                                                        love the video though! ( f , for channel super fun )

                                                        • theRealRindberg
                                                          theRealRindberg  1 weeks back

                                                          This video was waaaaaaay to long. Had to skip forward so many times. No like/dislike given

                                                          • Millie / Editor-san
                                                            Millie / Editor-san  1 weeks back

                                                            this video was just made for everyone to fuck with everyone rofl

                                                            • Pascual Ortiz
                                                              Pascual Ortiz  1 weeks back

                                                              12:55 “Gimme that Unbox Therapy”
                                                              “Say no more fam”

                                                              • VulcanSpawnWolf
                                                                VulcanSpawnWolf  2 weeks back

                                                                I can't tell if "Professionally Clueless" was intentionally spelled wrong with one "S" or not LOL

                                                                • Gjohnson7517
                                                                  Gjohnson7517  2 weeks back

                                                                  That was freaking hilarious, good job guys!

                                                                  • THE BLACK WOLF
                                                                    THE BLACK WOLF  2 weeks back

                                                                    The Cameraman Is Filming On A Red Camera In Handheld😯

                                                                    • User User
                                                                      User User  2 weeks back

                                                                      This was a waste as an actual attempt to demonstrate the benefits of having a DSLR versus a smartphone camera.

                                                                      • Carron Barboza
                                                                        Carron Barboza  2 weeks back

                                                                        “I’m married” he says half naked with his coworkers trying to make a sexy face

                                                                        • FartN'Loud
                                                                          FartN'Loud  2 weeks back

                                                                          all while recording this with gigantic expensive cameras!


                                                                          • Thelonious Breskin
                                                                            Thelonious Breskin  2 weeks back

                                                                            Also Nice balls.

                                                                            • Thelonious Breskin
                                                                              Thelonious Breskin  2 weeks back

                                                                              What's going on with the audio?

                                                                              • Mikat
                                                                                Mikat  2 weeks back

                                                                                I really want to see another episode of: "Linus tries to figure out how expensive photo cameras work"

                                                                                • Nadim Shah
                                                                                  Nadim Shah  2 weeks back

                                                                                  James looks awesome shirtless 👌👌

                                                                                  • John Meise
                                                                                    John Meise  2 weeks back

                                                                                    30:59 How in the world did Linus get that much noise from a MEDIUM FORMAT camera with a professional light setup? I'm seriously curious about that. I've been frustrated with my m43 sensor in my GH3 camera. Because of it's size (I assume), it's extra noisy and less sensitive to light, so I have to turn the ISO up even more which already introduces about twice as much noise as a full frame at the same ISO. :\

                                                                                    • Andrew Lofthouse
                                                                                      Andrew Lofthouse  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I bet this was such a giggle to make. Linus you do get ripped at the end. 🤣🤣😂

                                                                                      • David Lloyd
                                                                                        David Lloyd  2 weeks back

                                                                                        who's model x

                                                                                        • Son Of Troy
                                                                                          Son Of Troy  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Ok man... the 5th challenge is corporate cringe!

                                                                                          • Mai Elizabeth
                                                                                            Mai Elizabeth  2 weeks back

                                                                                            I'm a font freak.
                                                                                            What's the font used for your subtitle? Looks like Roboto Condensed but it looks nicer.

                                                                                            • D.A.R.K
                                                                                              D.A.R.K  2 weeks back

                                                                                              The best camera....I think its called the eyes. Perfect resolution, perfect motion tracking, takes a pic exactly when one desires, and perfect Non-aritificial Intelligent post proccessing of "memorized" pictures with a built in super versatile and very easy to use photo editing software, tho u cant share the pictures to anyone, but u can talk about it...

                                                                                              • Jacob Bingham
                                                                                                Jacob Bingham  2 weeks back


                                                                                                *THE DOOM SLAYER*