Your Smartphone Camera is More Advanced Than You Thought
Have you ever been at an event, whether social, professional, or promotional, and seen the media shoot video and photo on their smartphones alone? Recently there has been a major shift in the devices used for professional production. Large, heavy, bulky cameras have been set aside for the smaller, sleeker, “back pocket” equipment. I have seen photographers, videographers, social media experts, PR professionals, and more turn to using their smartphone camera to capture the footage and photos they need.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are reasons why companies and organizations still have large cameras, tripods, lighting kits, mics, DSLR cameras, and lenses. They do indeed capture the highest quality photo and video. However, our phones are not far behind in capture-quality. There have even recently been attachments produced to help smartphones mimic the functions of video or DSLR cameras.
Attachments that can be bought for smartphones:
- Smartphone tripods
- Smartphone tripod mounts
- Smartphone lenses
- Smartphone microphones
- Smartphone microphone/headphone splitter
When turning to the internet for public opinion, I ran across an article on iMore.com comparing the iPhone 7’s portrait mode to the depth of field functions of a DSLR camera. After executing many test comparisons of photos taken by the two devices, author Serenity Caldwell came to a conclusion.
“The iPhone is always going to struggle against something as full-featured as a DSLR given its limited room for sensors and lenses, but the device still puts together an awfully strong showing — and does so without the need of carrying a pro camera setup or fiddling with manual controls.”
Personally being a users of video cameras, DSLR cameras, and smartphones myself, I can agree with Caldwell’s opinion. When out getting footage for a news story for my job as a local journalist, I tend to grab my large Sony NX camera and all the attachments and pieces to go along with it. However, it wasn’t until recently that I started using my iPhone 7 Plus camera more seriously. I recently grabbed footage from multiple iPhones, as well as my own, and edited them together to make a promotional video for a summer journalism program I worked for last month. As you will see, some clips were shot completely handheld, and others were on tripods.
For the whole package being shot on different iPhones, with different methods of securing the camera, it came out pretty nicely in my opinion. (Although, if your computer has a poor connection to wifi, the video may end up looking grainy or pixelated. Try watching it on a higher powered device or while on a strong wifi connection to witness the full video quality.)
So why don’t you give it a try with the next video you have to shoot or next photo collage you have to make? Get your smartphone the proper attachments, or go out with just your raw device, and shoot video or still photos. You may just be surprised what capture-power your phone actually has!