If you have no idea what the title of this blog post is about, please scroll to the bottom of this post first and watch the outtro part of the video. It starts at around 4:02. So, I have a little secret. The whole of that outtro was filmed on my iPhone 5S in slow mo mode. I have tons of footage that i’ve shot on my phone, and every person i’ve shown various clips to have been blown away by the way the footage looks from the camera.
There are negatives. There’s horrible moiré and banding in some images, change of light causes the camera to freak out, when there’s quite a few moving objects at different distances from the lens, the camera auto focus tends to shuffle in and out quite quickly (though i’ve just found out a way to AF lock, so that might help). The image bit rate is pretty low, which means grading is very tough, i’ve graded this in FCPX myself using the colour palette and also added a bit of sharpening, as the image is generally quite soft out of camera (phone!). You also need a lot of good light, try this in low light and the footage turns to mush.
The positives, though, are massive. I have filmed things i’d never be able to with my DSLR rig, I can be super discreet when I need to be. At the meet and greet the band had while we were in Los Angeles, I was told I couldn’t film, but, I did, on my phone, security didn’t bat an eyelid as I walked round with my phone up in front of me. It’s pretty amazing that I can do this in my phone, but my £3,000 camera can’t!
Of course a limitation is the storage space on your phone. I have the 32GB model. If i’d known the slow mo was so good, i’d have gone for the 64, but anyway, all I need to do, is treat the phone like my other film cameras, and thats to ingest, backup and erase from the card (phone) each night after shooting, simple.
The best camera, is the one you have with you…
Anyway, for now, here’s the video with the iPhone slow mo ending ;)