Watch: Apple Releases 2-Minute Documentary Shot on an iPhone XS

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Check out Japanese filmmaker Jiro Konami’s beautiful micro-doc ‘Lady Misaki’ shot on an iPhone XS.

There really seems to be two camps when it comes to filmmakers shooting films on smartphones, those who rail against it as gimmicky and awful, and those who (begrudgingly at least) accept that smartphone filmmaking is undoubtedly a way of the future.

It is worth noting though that while RED’s Hydrogen One might not be off to a great start, there are more smartphone camera breakthroughs coming out seemingly by the day, and the smartphone cinematography accessories are starting to pile up as well.

All that being said, it’s nice to take a moment and actually watch some of the best and brightest smartphone filmmakers at work. Which really is the case with filmmaker Jiro Konami’s quite beautiful 2-minute micro-doc ‘Lady Misaki’, which you can view below.

A Smartphone Documentary

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Shared by the Mobile Motion Film Festival, Konami’s Apple-commissioned micro-documentary was shot on an iPhone XS and follows the oddly beautiful lives of Japan’s “decotora” or “decoration trucks”.

The new iPhone XS (along with the XS Max and XR) features a new 1.4 µm pixel sensor, which when combined with a neural engine on the A12 processor is quite capable at low-light filming.

While the results aren’t quite on the level as your entry-level mirrorless digital cameras, it is admittedly getting harder to tell the difference as the smartphone filmmaking “trend” continues to grow.     

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That video is riddled with artifacts and bad post stabilization.

December 11, 2018 at 10:39AM

Alex Alva

Which no viewer will ever care about since the subject and the content is great -- besides no one will even notice...

January 13, 2019 at 10:24AM, Edited January 13, 10:24AM


potato quality. even after it's been put through skillfull hands of colorists and editors.

December 11, 2018 at 10:37PM


Yeah quality isnt that great but hey, its phone, and hey its low light, and hey it served the purpose, the story was told, right..?

December 12, 2018 at 1:38AM, Edited December 12, 1:38AM

Vladimir Miketa
Cinematographer & Editor

ain't that right!?

December 12, 2018 at 7:54AM

David Huxiley

Well that sentiment only goes so far. Filmmaking can't just be purely creative, there's a technical side of it as well. If you're not well versed in the technical side of filmmaking it can severely distract from the story. That's how I feel about bad stabilization. Every time I see it, it pulls me away from the story and that's all I can think about in that moment. I am not saying there's not good content out there that falls short in the tech, but when those pieces get revisited for a clean up they come out a lot nicer. It's kinda like the work that Criterion does.

December 12, 2018 at 8:01AM

Alex Alva

> If you're not well versed in the technical side of filmmaking it can severely distract from the story. That's how I feel about bad stabilization.

That's because you're "well versed in the technical side of filmmaking".

Few regular viewers will even notice anything wrong, or care...

January 13, 2019 at 10:25AM