First of all, I’m not a dedicated Saudi Apple fan. I use Mac for editing, but for my phones I use both Android and iPhone. I have also tried many Samsung machines and they are of course very popular in Saudi Arabia too.
I believe to test a camera properly you need to push it, out in the field. That’s where it is supposed to serve its purpose. For us in Saudi Arabia, where we tend to stay indoors and use our cameras at night as the weather is so hot during the day, that means testing them in low light..
These are my six reasons why the iPhone is a better phone video tool:
1. Large Aperture
Images are all about light. I’m not talking about the creativity of the light. Images depend on light, literally. When you give the camera more light it delivers a better photo or frame of a video. The aperture number tells you how much light the camera shutter allows to reach the sensor. The aperture of the iPhone 6 lens is f/2.2 which is very large. That’s great! That means better LOW LIGHT performance.
Wider aperture = more light into the sensor.
2. 8 Megapixels Only
The Galaxy Note 4 has a 16 megapixels camera, but a 1080p image doesn’t require more than two megapixels. Extra megapixels waste the light, which leads to noisy image in low light conditions! Eight megapixels is a good number to take photos and videos on a phone camera. The Red One Cinema Camera is less than 14 megapixels and it delivers incredible 5k video.
3. Optical image stabilization (iPhone 6 plus only)
The camera on the iPhone 6 plus has a gimbal that holds it steady. That helps stabilize the video. In other words, when you record a video the tiny camera actually shakes inside the phone in order to make the shot steadier. It was a big shock for me that Apple added this into a phone!
4. Slow Motion
Filming in 240fps is great as it means that the phone is able to record 10 times the speed of what is happening in reality! I like to use it on trips with my family and friends.
The number of accessories available for iPhone is crazy. Where can I start? There are tonnes of sliders made specifically for the iPhone. Steady-cams, tele-lenses adapters and super wide ones, not just stickers!
6. Apps, Apps , and Apps ..
The IOS Appstore is full of video filming or editing apps. The most common one is iMovie. In my next post I will share with you more apps that are very easy to use and fun!
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