Originally Posted by bsprague
I thought the same for a long time. Then last spring I went on a motorhome rally with a dozen others. It was a trip down the west coast going to all the historic lighthouses. We started near the Canadian border and ended up in the Redwoods. One woman, after seeing me and my camera shooting video, announced she was going to make the trip into a documentary using nothing but her iPhone. She shot, edited, annotated, etc. For a travelog, the result was stunning. Granted she had a Hollywood background and knew a little about story telling. Nonetheless, the phone, in her hands, did the job very well.
The point is that in buying a new phone, I will not ignore video or photographic capabilities. I would like to learn some of her skills.
No, not this again. Yes, a creative person can make a good video with just about anything. But better equipment gives you *more* creative options.
Here are examples of what a phone stops you from doing:
1. Shalllow dof shots.
2. Shots with wide dynamic range.
3. Dim light, nightime shots.
4. Moving with the camera while shooting.
5. Zooming (without visible and distracting degradation).
6. Candids of people, which require long lenses.
7. Smooth motion due to cfr (cell phones have vfr, or most do).
And no HDR video, which is really, really good.
See any movie, and you will see 1-6 used multiple times. Can you do without them? sure. And it's fun to shoot with something simple, even the challenge of doing that. I enjoy making videos with an action cam, but it can actually do many things that a cell phone cannot. But ultimately it is limiting.
Always, somebody points out that story is most important. But if you study film, you can easily see that more money is spent getting interesting shots than is spent on the script. Just study a movie and count the variety of shots, and ask how many can you can do with a cell phone alone. Not even counting the drone shots...
If you want to emphasize story-telling, go to story-telling.com, not camcorder.com.