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Started by fenderstrat on Dec 2, 2018 7:21:56 PM
gimball stabiliser for iphone

Thinking this might be good present for my son. Anyone used one? Any advice?

Reindeerlia - 02 Dec 2018 19:23:27 (#1 of 35)

I have seen one used to great effect to film (very) short educational videos.

nemo75 - 02 Dec 2018 19:29:39 (#2 of 35)

I’m about to take delivery of a kickstarter version. I’m hoping the quality is ok.

fenderstrat - 02 Dec 2018 20:16:32 (#3 of 35)

Flow motion? He was using one today and very impressed.

flowbagging - 02 Dec 2018 20:59:32 (#4 of 35)

Just had one of those fender.

carterbrandon - 02 Dec 2018 21:51:27 (#5 of 35)

I've never understood this thing about using phones as main photography/filming devices. No matter how good they are, if you buy an actual camera to do that time consuming stuff done on, then your phone will be free for calls/texts/internet access.

nemo75 - 02 Dec 2018 21:55:48 (#6 of 35)

Why would you need your phone to be free if you were shooting a video?

carterbrandon - 02 Dec 2018 22:03:08 (#7 of 35)

It takes many long hours to film a video. People who film videos have a lot of organising and contacting of people to do. The chances are that in their long working days, they will want to send or receive a text or email, or access the internet.

They might also want something with more storage capacity then a phone, too.

Also, camcorders/DSLRs can be conveniently remotely controlled using phones. Phones can't. Another reason for a videographer to spend a few extra quid down at Jessops. Unless there's some law I don't know about that we're only allowed one video recording device each.

nemo75 - 02 Dec 2018 22:07:30 (#8 of 35)

Oh deary me.

Reindeerlia - 02 Dec 2018 22:19:01 (#9 of 35)

It takes many long hours to film a video.

Perhaps that means you’re just not very good at it?

Or, you’re assuming one would only bother to film a video if it were going to be David Attenborough standard.

I’ve filmed* plenty using a phone with a gimbal stabiliser, with no problems at all.

Other than one of the presenters** suffering moments of camera shyness.

*I wasn’t actually holding the camera


Reindeerlia - 02 Dec 2018 22:21:51 (#10 of 35)

If your son’s got his sights on amateur film making, You Tube or similar then I think it would be a brilliant gift fender.

Snarkiness aside, the organisation I work for uses one to film most of its very popular YouTube and Facebook videos.

dmlc133 - 03 Dec 2018 00:21:31 (#11 of 35)

It is also possible that a media professional might own more than one phone.

thisonehasalittlehat - 03 Dec 2018 07:14:23 (#12 of 35)

I'm with carter. Invest in a decent camera.

The point of a phone camera is that they're highly compact and portable. As soon as you add things they stop being compact and portable. They have no other advantages.

Even a cheap camera will have better lenses and sensor. But a decent camera - one that costs about the same as an iPhone - will blow an iPhone out of the water.

Then if you want stabilized footage buy a Steadicam rig for your camera.

Tenesmus - 03 Dec 2018 07:46:23 (#13 of 35)

I would suggest most people couldn't tell the difference these days so it's not worth it, unless you intend it to be shown on the BBC.

mememe - 03 Dec 2018 07:54:12 (#14 of 35)

A "decent camera" will set you back several thousand pounds.

TheSwearingBear - 03 Dec 2018 07:56:32 (#15 of 35)

You might get half decent pictures out of a phone, but the sound is always crap.

mememe - 03 Dec 2018 07:57:32 (#16 of 35)

yes. I'd definitely suggest a microphone would be the first thing to buy.

thisonehasalittlehat - 03 Dec 2018 09:40:27 (#17 of 35)

Well, a decent camera will set you back £10k but a £1k camcorder will outperform an iphone. In fact a £300 camcorder will outperform an iphone, principally because it'll capture more light. Doesn't really matter how good the image processing software is inside the phone, it's always going to have a tiny lense and a tiny sensor.

carterbrandon - 03 Dec 2018 10:48:54 (#18 of 35)

It is also possible that a media professional might own more than one phone.

"I'll buy one to use as a phone, but for camera work I'll buy, no NOT a camera; another phone!"

Are Apple getting runners to put something in the tea?

Of course, if there were ever an 'iCamera', this nonsense would go away within a week.

carterbrandon - 03 Dec 2018 10:52:32 (#19 of 35)

yes. I'd definitely suggest a microphone would be the first thing to buy.

And a £400 camcorder has 'Line in'.

But then you look like a pensioner taking sightseer footage back to bore Aunty Val with, rather than a cool all-rounder creative who might be using their phone to make a film today, but podcasting tomorrow, graphic designing the day after, and blogging all next week.

mememe - 03 Dec 2018 11:03:40 (#20 of 35)

Did you ever think you're getting a bit long in the tooth for this schtick, Carter?

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