Remember the times before camera phones? The most entertainment you could get out of a phone was snake…God I miss that game. However, nowadays camera phones are better than they’ve ever been, but they can still get better. Here’s WUWO’s guide to turning your iphone into a professional video camera.
The mobile phone has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a brick. Today, most of us carry mobile phones more powerful than super computers from the 60’s. For instance, the iPhone 4 has 8 gb of memory, Siri (a voice command PA) and a camera that can record in HD!
So what can’t a smart phone do? Shoot professional videos! Although the iPhone 4 can shoot in 720p it still doesn’t compare to a professional video camera. So, if you can’t afford a Sony z1 what do you do?
External Boom Mic
Get an external boom mic! Available from Photojojo, this light-weight mic can substantially amplify your sound and reduce background noise. It has two settings “directional” for general sound capture and “super-directional” for interviews.
It’s powered by a AAA battery and connects via the head phone jack. What really makes this device exceptional is its ease of use and portability.
It costs $40 (£26) and is available from http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/iphone-boom-mic/
Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 4
Nothing screams home video like jittery camera footage. Enter the “Steadicam Smoothee”. I know what you’re thinking, this looks like a cheap “Argos” toy, but if you look closely you’ll realise that the engineering genius in this product is mind boggling. It’s made to be at the precision edge of equilibrium, which means that it glides like a humming bird no matter how much you move. It also has a quick-release mechanism, which is good if you still want to receive phone calls.
It costs $169.99 (£108) and is available from http://www.firebox.com/product/3611/Steadicam-Smoothee-for-iPhone-4
Telephoto Phone Lenses
Like the DSLR, Telephoto has developed some nifty lenses for your phone. They come in three versions the Fisheye, the “Telephoto” and the Wide Angle. How do they attach to your phone? Easy, an adhesive magnetic ring is stuck onto your camera and then the lenses can be removed or attached via the magnet.
Just imagine, your friend decides to try the cinnamon challenge so, to capture the smug look on their face you attach the “Telephoto” lens, which has 2x zooming power. They then vomit, you switch to the wide-angle lens, and finally you switch to the super creative fish-eye lens to capture their regretful eyes.
All three lenses cost $49.99 (£32) and is available from http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/cell-phone-lenses/
All in all, this kit will set you back about £166 (minus delivery cost).This which is substantially cheaper than the average DSLR camera or professional video camera. You may be sceptical at this point on whether the price justifies the purchase, and I wouldn’t blame you but, you must agree that this would be cool to try.