I am tired of carrying around my bigger camera setup for vlogging. It gets exhausting because it is always in my hand or in the way. By no means is my big camera setup a portable setup.
That is why I chose to do a video like this because I am trying to figure out what tools I should be using at my disposal.
Sure, my big camera is much better at majority of things compared to an iPhone, but when actually physically traveling, carrying around a large camera is not ideal. So something like the iPhone works perfect in a situation like this because it fits in my pocket.
Quality wise, it is ok to use the iPhone like this because most of the time, I am actually getting the shot because of the ease of the iPhone, rather than having to deal with my normal camera setup.
One struggle with the iPhone is that I do want to use the rear camera, and since it is not an ultra wide angle lens, it is hard to know if I am framing myself in the shot or not. With the new announced iPhone 11, I feel like that camera is even more vlogger friendly just due to the wide angle lens.
I also decided to purchase the App “Filmic pro” because I can shoot my videos at a higher data rate a long with a flat profile allowing me to color grade my footage so that I can make the footage look even better. It is about $30 for that whole setup.
Another struggle with the iphone is audio. Now, it actually does have a pretty decent built in microphone due to it being a phone, but it could obviously be better. My main use of the iPhone would be for when I am traveling around and I do not have the capacity to lug around my big setup, so I will be in pretty noisy areas due to travel. So getting an additional microphone would be best.
I end up using my Rode smart link lav that plugs into the phone. I would typically just keep myself mic’ed up and just vlog with the iPhone. The audio quality from the lav vs the phone microphone is night and day, even for just general audio like capturing someone else speaking while the microphone is attached to myself. I think that audio is more important in vlogs than video. So for me, audio is pretty important.
I have also read that people do have issues with the filmic pro app. The main issue being that it would lock up on them. I have noticed that when I am continuously shooting footage, once clip after another when I am capturing B-roll, the camera will get really hot and the app will stop working. I have also noticed that even with the app open and the screen is on, the phone will get really hot. So I do not see this being used for continuous shooting, its more for get the shot and move on with your day, which can work for vloggers.
There was also another time where I wanted to grab a clip but it took me 10 minutes to do so. The reason why was because the app was completely unresponsive, so I was messing around with it and eventually just restarted my phone. So that whole issue right there is not vlogger friendly because with vlogs, people just want to grab a clip and move on.
With the actual look of the footage with filmic pro, it looks really nice if the phone has enough light. It falls apart in anything low light. Also, I noticed that the iPhone add a bunch of sharpening to the image which does not look the best. So I hope that they can figure out how to reduce the sharpening somehow.
All in all, I am actually pretty blown away by the image quality of the iPhone paired with filmic pro and I will definitely be using the iPhone as a tool when I see fit.