What are the best Smartphones for filmmaking?

What are the best Smartphones for filmmaking?

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If you want to make movies with a Smartphone there are plenty of choices available. Camera development, data storage, processor speed and video making apps have all seen great improvement over the last few years. Film directors like Steven Soderbergh have made entire movies with the iPhone and many other filmmakers are now embracing what the Smartphone has to offer. With so many Smartphones available it can be difficult to choose one for filmmaking. To help with your decision here are some of the top Smartphones available for your moviemaking needs.

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro

With the release of the iPhone 11 Pro Apple has promised to give filmmakers a Smartphone that fulfils all their wishes for creative moviemaking. It now supports three cameras that include a 12mp 26mm f1.8 wide-angle, a 52mm f2.8 2x telephoto and a super-wide 13mm f2.4 lens.

A built in optical zoom will provide smooth zooming between these lenses without a loss of image quality. It also offers superb 4K powered by Apple’s new A13 bionic chip processor. There are also loads of great apps available like Filmic Pro to turn it into a moviemaking powerhouse.

Screen size: 5.8-inch

Dimensions: 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm

Resolution: 2436 x 1125

OS: iOS 13

CPU: A13 Bionic

Storage: 64/256/512GB

Battery: 4 hours longer than XS

Rear camera: 12MP, 12MP, 12MP

Front camera: 12MP

Price: $999.00 £999.00 €999.00

Samsung Galaxy Note S10+

The Galaxy Note S10+ is Samsung’s flagship Smartphone and offers: a 16mp ultra wide-angle lens, a 12mp wide-angle lens and a 12mp telephoto lens. So there are plenty of choices for getting a great shot. There is also a 10mp front facing camera if you prefer to take selfies.

There are two storage choices of 256GB and 512GB so you will have plenty of storage for your video files. However, be aware Samsung have now stopped supporting the 3.5mm headphone/microphone plug so you will now have to use a USB-C microphone or an adaptor for your sound recording needs.

Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm

Resolution: QHD+

OS: Android 9

Screen size: 6.8-inch

CPU: Octa-core chipset


Storage: 256GB/512GB

Battery: 4,300mAh

Rear camera: 16MP, 12MP, 12MP, VGA

Front camera: 10MP

Price: $980.00 £790.00 €880.00

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is a full-featured Smartphone with a low price tag that has plenty of creative choices for Smartphone filmmaking. It has a 12mb f1,9 wide-angle rear camera but no second telephoto lens if you want to do close up work.

It has a great auto focus for video and effective stabilisation to remove the shake from your shots.

Screen Size: 6.18 inches

Dimensions: 155.5mm x 75.3mm x 8mm

Resolution: Full HD+ (2246×1080)

Aspect Ratio: 18:7:9

OS: Android 8.1 Oreo

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Memory: 6GB to 8GB RAM

Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB

Battery: 4000mAh w/ Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Front Cameras: 20 megapixels (f/2.0)

Rear Cameras: 12 megapixels (f/1.9), 5 megapixels

Price: $295.00 £238.00 €265.00

Pixel 3

Google’s Pixel 3 is another fine Smartphone that won’t let you down for filmmaking. It has a 12.2mb f1.8 rear camera that also has image stabilisation to remove any unwanted shake. On the front there are two 8mb cameras of which one has a wide-angle lens.

It performs well in low light and preserves fine detail. It also has a dedicated night sight too. It can shoot in 4K up to 30 frames per second, but not 60 frames a second if you need to do slow motion shots.

Screen Size: 5.5″ P-OLED

Dimensions: 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm

Resolution: 2160x1080px resolution

Aspect Ratio: 18:9 (2:1)

OS: Android 9.0 Pie

CUP: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Memory: 4GB of RAM

Storage: 64/128GB of storage

Battery: 2,915mAh Li-Ion

Front camera: 8MP, 8MP

Rear camera: 12.2MP

Price: $476.00 £385.00 €428.00

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro comes with a triple camera found at its rear. It combines a 40mb RGB f1.8, a 20mb f1.6 monochrome and an 8mb sensor which includes optical zoom to form a three-camera setup. Even the front camera has a 24mb sensor.

It also includes great image stabilisation, which Huawei calls AIS and is a mix of optical stabilisation and electronic image technology. The built-in camera app has a pro set-up, which will unlock all the manual features of the camera so you can take control the exposure and focus.

Screen size: 6.1-inch

Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm

Resolution: 1080 x 2240

OS: Android 8.1

CPU: Kirin 970


Storage: 128GB

Battery: 4,000mAh

Rear camera: 40MP, 20MP, 8MP

Front camera: 24MP

Price: $265.00 £214.00 €238.00

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