The sheer ubiquity of high quality smartphone cameras should tell us a few things. 1) politicians should think before the speak, 2) there are no Martians and flying saucers, and, 3) Big Foot does not exist.
This week I saw a 43-inch 4K HD television on Amazon for $180. Cheap. Broadcast television cannot yet compete with 4K video which explains why we have so many streaming video services. That’s where the 4K video lives.
Oh, and on your iPhone.
iPhone photos rival DSLRs, but iPhone movies are better than television. The laws of physics still apply, so there is a reason TV news broadcasts and sports events employ larger cameras with longer, bigger lenses, but high quality video is affordable these days, and the actual resolution and color will give you videos that exceed that of standard TV.
Unfortunately for most of us budding videographers, there is more to a quality video than a smartphone camera with computational photography built in. Lighting and sound pay an important part in movies and TV shows, but the iPhone itself has been used as the video capture source in a number of feature length movies.
Here’s a perfect example from Apple’s latest Shot on iPhone XS series.
That resolution appears to be 1080p which is about the best you’ll get from broadcast television (if that), but you get the idea right away.
iPhone cameras take awesome videos.
Guess what? Your vanilla iPhone takes awesome photos, too, as evidenced by Apple’s recent Shot on iPhone Challenge for photographs from iPhones around the world.
No, this is not Photoshop.
Those are just a few examples of exactly what you can get with an iPhone video or camera. That does not mean anyone can just point and shoot and get exactly the same results. Composition, lighting, creativity, skills, and other options play a big part, but the idea here is simple.
iPhone videos are higher quality than standard television and rival some very expensive video cameras as evidenced by this YouTube video which compares to a Red Weapon video camera for $50,000.
iPhone photos have a similar luxury. Check out colleague Kate MacKenzie’s view of iPhone photos vs. film photo in iPhone Photos Are Better Than Film.