I've been on Verizon since 2006. I was always mad that iPhones were ATT exclusive. It wasn't until 2011 that the iPhone 4 was carried by Verizon.
I was in school at the time for graphic design. I had an interest in video but I knew nothing about cameras, or I was still putting the 5D mkII on a pedestal. I used to peruse cameras at Target. Not knowing any of the right terms I'd ask employees if these cameras did those cool out of focus backgrounds and if they had manual controls. That iPhone 4 gave me 720p video and then the 4S gave me full 1080p. I micromanaged the shit out of that 16gb of storage, built tripod mounts, added an Ollo clip, recorded with FilmicPRO, and edited in Premiere. The iPhone was my first solid filmmaking tool. I learned so much on it, I shot anything I could, years before I would invest in a DSLR.
4K on a phone is great but I know Samsung does it as well. But 1080 slow mo is very welcome. I am very excited for this myself. There's also younger me wishing he had this phone this whole time.
The iPad market has made Apple more confident in a one port machine. Keyboards, harddrives (specialty ones at least), and printers are all wirelessly accessible for tablets. This allows for less specialized physical ports. If we consider some the of the pro-oriented connections that Apple has dropped in the past (all flavors of Firewire, SCSI, DVI) it's been in an effort to streamline.
I consider my siblings to fit into what some would consider the average consumer. They both have 13in MBP. They've never plugged anything into the FW, Thunderbolt, or Ethernet ports. They use the power adapter and maybe a flashdrive or mouse will sit in a USB port. The SD card reader? I've found that a lot of people had no idea they had it which is a shame since transferring photos straight from the SD card is much safer than over a USB cable from a camera (unless that camera also charges via USB). These things belong on a Pro machine because they see use. The Macbook Air has seen success despite "only" having 2 USB ports and Thunderbolt.
Would I use this machine for my work? Hell no! Can I see my sister or dad feeling dandy with just one connection port? Absolutely. The $80 dongle with USB A and HDMI out is very handy.
I feel you Mikai. I started out with a T3i because of the price, and I figured I'd make the 5D jump over time. It's a misguided statement I hear all of the time. I thought I would invest in Canon glass that I'd then bring over to my next camera. I loved it for what it was though. Magic Lantern made my T3i very versatile. I picked up a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 for $300, a Canon 28mm f/2.8 for $50 (flipped it for $285 on Amazon Prime) before I got into adapting vintage film lenses. Those have been my favorite, especially the ridiculously cheap Nikkor AI 35mm and 85mm f/2 primes. Sharp, compact, under $200 each. I purchased most of these items between late 2013 and mid-2014. While I continued to use the T3i as my main camera I purchased a Sony a5100 with a kit lens as a smaller b-cam. It did so well that I sold the Canon and bought an a6000. The point of this rant is that all the extras such as lenses, SD cards, tripods, rigs, lights, audio recorders and mics were all adaptable to a new camera system. Mirrorless cams such as the Sony Alphas and Panasonic GH series can use lenses from pretty much anyone else with the right adapter.
I filmed a comedy album recording last month on a mashup of cameras. We used a 5DmkIII as our a-cam with a Rokinon 85mm cine-lens. The b-cam was my T3i with a Nikkor 85mm (136mm equiv). A Panasonic GH2 was left running by the side of the stage with the kit lens at the wide end. I placed two Sony action cams on the stage with one facing the audience and one behind the performer (I saw that in an Aziz Anzari special on Netflix) and I floated around with a hand-held a5100. I was able to painstakingly match and colorgrade all of the different cameras used.
Of all of the tools I had at my disposal the one I fell in love with was the GH2. Stupid sharp, great color, autofocus, ridiculous battery, and small and light. That's when I committed further to mirrorless and bought the a6000. Though the 5D did have the best skin tones and overall best image from the event, I learned to appreciate the merits of the other systems available to us.
I spoke with a Sony market rep for the Chicago area this week and he confirmed that the in-camera stabilization will work with any lens attached, not just Sony A or E-mount lenses. That is a huge frickin' deal.
I made the happy accident one day of finding a Nikkor NON-AI 50mm f/1.4 for $80 on ebay last year. I easily adapted it to my Canon T3i via a $12 add-on. It can be very soft wide open but I fell in love with it's low light abilities. I've since purchased an 85mm and 35mm Nikkor AIS, both at f/2. The AIS lenses do perform better wide open than the 50mm, but stopped down I'm really happy with all three. The focus pull is really long and smooth, the manual aperture ring is great for video, and since they are full manual lenses I've easily adapted them to a Sony a5100. I want to get the Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 and a lens with a focal length greater than 100mm next. I'm also considering slowly swapping them out one by one with Rokinon cine lenses in the Nikon mount. Full manual as well with click-less aperture rings.
The long-winded point I wanted to make is that by a happy accident I discovered a series of lenses that fit my needs and can easily be adapted to almost any camera system at a very reasonable cost.
I've had the camera for about a month now.
First, Sony a5100, X AVC S, Nikkor Non-AI 50mm at f/4:https://vimeo.com/112420851
Second, Sony a5100, regular AVCHD, Nikkor Non-AI 50mm at f/4:https://vimeo.com/111977761
Now, with my previous Canon T3i, same Nikkor lens:https://vimeo.com/111139369
Same Canon camera, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 at 48mm and f/4:https://vimeo.com/104030508
I have been really happy with the results. I've noticed small details that stand out more (hair, fabric, eyes), a generally sharper image, and less degradation when pushing colors or correcting exposure. My only gripes are that no matter what I do the a5100 heats up after about 20 or so minutes. The first clip is always fine. After 12 minutes I get a yellow overheating icon displayed on the lcd. Then after that it can only shoot clips for about 5mins at a time before it shuts off. Huge bummer.
For the other narrative stuff I do I have been very happy with it otherwise. I will try to film another show once again with it (with the Canon for safety alongside the Sony) but I will only use the AVCHD format. X AVC is wonderful for some of the sketches we're shooting since we don't do long takes.
I knew there'd be downsides to be had. Am I happy with this powerful little camera? Hell yeah I am. I love the stills and it's stupid easy to sneak it into concerts. I love the image it gives me. I purchased it as a b-cam but when possible I use it as my main camera.