News, , , , , , , , , , — October 17, 2011 11:47 — 1 Comment

iPhone 4S: the film-makers’ verdicts

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Shot on an iPhone 4S Photograph: © The Film Arist

“If mobile movie making hasn’t caught on already, it absolutely will now” Anna Elizabeth James, Majek Pictures

Film-making has just progressed to the next stage” The Film Artist

Apple’s iPhone 4S is here and smart moviemakers wasted no time getting their hands on the latest model and trying out its much vaunted new camera with 1080 HD video.

The Film Artist took delivery of a 64GB model, wise considering how much filming he does, and the first thing he noticed after set up was the superb new in-built stabilization feature and improved picture quality.

“I have had a lot of practice with the iPhone 4 and managed to stabilize it using my grip and body moves, plus a little yoga, so I took it for shoot in the garden straight away …

“Shooting at 1080P, 30fps the DoF is fantastic and due to the size of the iPhone easy to manoeuvre around objects, something you would find hard to do with a traditional camera.

“Colour rendition is far more stable than its predecessor. The quality of video is astounding if not revolutionary, for the first time a mobile has challenged the big boys, the HDSLRs so much so that I forgot it was mobile,” he said.

When he took the iPhone 4S out for a night shoot on the streets of south London (see below) he was equally impressed with the camera’s performance.

“I think it captured the images and sound really well although there was noticeable image noise and it struggled with focussing at times. The biggest improvement I noticed was that the video was much smoother and flowed … no jitters even at night.”

Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James from Majek Pictures in Los Angeles were one of the first to see the benefits of the iPhone 4 when it was launched last year and are credited with making the first ‘iPhone film’, Apple of My Eye.

Anna told me Majek are busy with other projects so have not yet had chance to film on the iPhone 4S properly – but she is very impressed with what she has seen so far.

“This is truly one of Steve Jobs’s greatest accomplishments. The revolution has begun,” she said.

“The iPhone 4S camera definitely feels ever so slightly heavier — Or maybe that’s our 64GB we decided to upgrade to this round!

“The Camera App moves quickly from front camera to back camera, a feature we’ve always loved, and it doesn’t seem to take quite as long to load. The ”tap your finger to gain exposure” feature is such a plus — and this time a little box appears to let you know what area you exactly exposed and white balanced from.

“The 1080 HD video is truly gorgeous — if mobile movie making hasn’t caught on already, it absolutely will now.”

Like everyone else, Anna has been impressed with the Siri personal assistant app – to the point, she says, where it has been distracting them from their film-making projects.

“Together, we’re pleased with the new version and can’t wait to create another film to really show off what the camera can do!”

And, as Anna points out, the real beauty of the iPhone is that “anyone can pick up their phone and share their story with the world. Everyone has a story and everyone has a viewpoint of life. We can’t wait to see what the next year holds for mobile movie making.”

It’s a point that The Film Artist echoes: “I don’t think you can wish for anything better than this, film-making has just progressed to the next stage and I am even more inspired to make more films,” he said.

● For a iPhone 4S/Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison see this video posted on Vimeo by Robino Films

● For the film-maker‘s spec notes go to the Vimeo page iPhone 4S / Canon 5d MKII Side by Side Comparison

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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