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Six Reasons that Will Make You Love the Camera in the New iPhone 7+

A product review of the new iPohne 7+

A product review of the new iPohne 7+

What's all the hype about anyway? Do I really need to pay the extra $$$ for an iPhone . . . AGAIN!? Should I wait for the next iPhone? Or is it time to jump ship?

If you're like me, money is not growing on any of the trees in your backyard. In fact, we chopped down that tree last winter just to stay warm. And yet here comes Apple with another smart phone for me to purchase. After a lot of scrutiny we (my hubby and I) decided to make the leap.

I've had the phone for two months and thought writing a product review might be helpful. As always, my perspective is from someone who works full-time creating custom videos. Here's a list of things I have learned about my new phone - specifically the camera.

  1. The lens is much better allowing 50% more light into the camera. Translation? You simply get better images in low-light environments.
  2. Lots of touch screen options. It's true! Just touch the screen wherever you want your focus point to be and BAM! there it is! Pretty sweet! Another touch screen option I am becoming addicted to is the Auto Focus (AF) and Auto Exposure (AE) option. Again, touch the screen where you want the auto focus to appear, but hold it. You will see some verbiage appear indicating you have locked in your AF/AE for this image. You can then slide your finger up or down to brighten or darken the image. It's the equivalent of adjusting your f-stop on your DSLR. Pretty cool stuff.
  3. Crazy cool stabilization. If you don't know what this is, you probably don't take images or videos. Basically, this takes the shakes out of your video and the blurs due to shaking out of your images. If you're pretty steady and fairly creative, you can make the iPhone look like it is operated on a jib/crane system. Really cool!
  4. Can we say "portrait" mode, boys and girls? Oh yeah. It's ALL about the portrait mode. It was the first thing I tried out when they put that slender bad boy in my hot little hand. It makes the most inexperienced photographer look like a pro! If you've ever been mesmerized by "depth of field" but couldn't figure out how to make it happen - you're in luck. Just slide the camera into portrait mode, touch your screen to set the focal point and WHALA! Instantly your focus is spot on and everything in the back ground is out of focus.
  5. Dual lens heaven. The iPhone 7+ has two lens. Now I can have my telephoto with my wide angle too. Thank you very much.
  6. Totally 4k ready. As you probably already have heard, 4k is the new standard. No need to feel out dated. The iPhone 7+ comes with 4k. Keep in mind storage could be an issue, so make sure you get the right size when/if you make your purchase.

Will this replace your DSLR? Nope. Is it more than enough in most cases? Yup.

I create promotional videos all day, every day, and yes, the iPhone 7+ is one of my go-to cameras. It's not my primary camera, it's my b-roll camera, for sure. You'd have to look really close to know when I used the iPhone verses my top-of-the line DSLR.

Is it worth the cost? For me, yes. But I admit, I love all things Apple. Is it the right phone/camera for you? If you can stomach the cost, I honestly can't imagine you being disappointed.

As always, I'd love to hear what you think!

 

DSLR vs Video Camera (camcorder)

DSLR vs Video Camera (camcorder)

Which camera is right for me? What's the difference between the two? Since when did DSLRs become a video camera anyway?

If you have asked your self any of the above questions, take a nice deep breath and relax. You're in the right place.

For sometime now, videographers have started choosing a DSLR over the traditional video camera for several reasons. I am going to list the main pros and cons here.

PROS

  1. DSLRs have a a larger sensor. This translates to a higher picture quality in low-light and incredible depth of field. The buzz word in videography is "cinematic." Everyone wants a cinematic look. DSLRs allow for a more "cinematic" look to your videos.
  2. DSLRs have interchangeable lenses. This means you have the flexibility to create wide, panoramic shots or shots that are zoomed in from a great distance all with the same camera.

CONS

  1. DSLRs don't typically have great stabilization. It's getting better - but typically you will need a tripod or monopod when using your camera to help stabilize your video.
  2. DSLRs have great auto focus for stills, but not for following. Remember, the DSLR was originally created for still shots - not video. Often, the camera will drift in and out of focus when the subject is moving. This can be a real nuisance, as you can imagine, when shooting a video. 
  3. DSLRs don't record audio very well. You will need to purchase an external digital recorder and sync the audio and video in post-production. High-end video cameras record excellent audio right to the video. You can plug an XLR (three-pronged microphone cable) right in to the camera and go.
  4. DSLRs are big and bulky. Again, this issue is getting better, but placing a camcorder in the palm of your hand or on your shoulder is just more ergonomic than the bulky DSLR rigs.

BOTTOM LINE

At the end of the day, it depends on what you're doing. If you are recording a sporting event or a live church service, a camcorder/video camera is likely your best bet. However, if you are looking for those artsy "cinematic" shots used for meaningful interviews and story telling - you will want to begin the hunt for a DSLR.

I hope this helps. As always, leave any comments to bring clarification or just share your own experience. Look for product reviews in the near future!

12 Easy Ways to Make Your Video Better Now

How To Shoot A Video That Doesn't Suck by Steve Stockman

How To Shoot A Video That Doesn't Suck by Steve Stockman

  1. Think in shots.
  2. Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.
  3. Keep your shots under 10 seconds long.
  4. Zoom with your feet.
  5. Stand still! Stop fidgeting! And no zooming during shots!
  6. Keep the light behind you.
  7. Turn off the camera's digital effects.
  8. Focus on what interests you. Really interests you.
  9. Don't use amateurish titles.
  10. Keep your video short.
  11. Use an external microphone.
  12. Take the quality pledge.

Good videos don't just happen. They are a creative way to tell your story. But too much of a good thing can turn something epic into a complete failure. How do you know the difference? Practice, practice, practice. That's right. Pick up your camera or smart phone and start shooting. Pay attention to what people like and what they don't. Did you have several views on social media? Was your video shared by others? These are all the signs of a good video . . . or not.

If you have any other helpful ideas, be sure to leave a comment!