Today was the day Apple finally revealed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What new features apply to filmmaking?
The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world, so even though it's not a dedicated professional video device, the sheer amount of images we see from it affects the overall video landscape. And while the new iPhone doesn't do 4K video as some Android devices do already, it does 240fps slow motion video, and that means one thing:
Super slow motion video is about to be super ubiquitous.— Ryan Koo (@ryanbkoo) September 9, 2014
Additionally, the camera on the larger version, iPhone 6 Plus, a.k.a. the iPhone Sized Like Android Phones Have Been For Quite Some Time, is faster and has optical image stabilization. Android phones tend to win the megapixel spec wars but iPhones tend to produce better images overall, which is why we've covered them here in the past (also, don't sleep on the Nokia Lumia devices, though Apple hired their camera engineer). The phones add "cinematic" stabilization mode for video and native timelapse capabilities (though Hyperlapse is pretty amazing already).
Also, the fact that Apple can't get their video stream right just goes to show how much of a challenge live streaming can be.
TechCrunch was there in Cupertino this morning covering Apple's live event, and here are the new specs and features they reported. Given the fact that these were pulled real time, we'll probably have a lot more information, as well as images and video, in the coming hours and days.
- 8MP iSight camera
- True Tone flash
- 1.5u pixels
- f/2.2 aperture
- All new sensor
- Same pixel count, but increased image quality, pixel micron size, etc.
- Apple-designed image signal processor
- New phase detection autofocus makes autofocus 2x quicker (FocusPixels)
- Continuous autofocus while shooting video
- Optical image stabilization
- New "cinematic" stabilization mode for video
- Record 1080p at 30fps and 60fps
- Record slow mo video at both 120fps and 240fps
- New native time-lapse capabilities
The release date for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is September 19th, but Apple will be taking pre-orders on the 12th. Both come with either 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage, and prices range from $199 to $499. What do you think — is video from cell phones getting to be of such high quality that you would use them for filmmaking? Maybe not features, but shorts and web content? And if not today, do you see that happening one day?