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Using the Apple iPhone 7 to Capture Amazing Videos

Using the Apple iPhone 7 to Capture Amazing Videos

As a videographer, you are probably used to carrying around large cameras and plenty of extra equipment when shooting a video. Now, thanks to Apple’s iPhone 7, you can give your arm and shoulder muscles a break and capture some pretty incredible video with a smartphone that weighs in at under 5 ounces. Rather than merely taking footage, the iPhone 7 comes equipped with some pretty darn impressive bells and whistles; for example, check out the following features:

Slow Motion

The Apple iPhone 7 allows people to do slo-mo video recording for 1080p at 120fps. So if you are in the mood to recreate the classic opening credits from The Six Million Dollar Man, you can use your iPhone 7 to do just that. The slow motion function on the phone lets you record rapid movements and then reproduce them slowly in your video. To use this feature, go to the Camera app and with the live camera image going, change the recording setting to “Slo Mo.” All you need is to recruit a friend to channel his inner Lee Majors to recreate the iconic TV show opening.

Shoot Video Underwater

The iPhone 7 is IP67 rated, which means it is technically able to withstand being in water that is up to 1 meter deep for up to 30 minutes. In other words, if you enjoy texting in the shower or are prone to dropping your iPhone in fountains, pools and sinks, your phone should make it through the dunking without any issues. As a videographer, you might be tempted to see if this IP67 rating means you can shoot some amazing footage underwater — the answer is a resounding “yes.” A team of camera and scuba diving enthusiasts took an iPhone 7 into Timothy Lake in Oregon, shooting video at a number of depths. The iPhone did great at 1 meter and then also handled video shoots with ease up to 3 to 4.5 meters underwater. By the time the team got down to 6 or 7.6 meters under the lake, the iPhone began to say “uncle” and it showed some water damage and the Home button ceased to work. The videos that accompany the article show the 4K underwater footage that was captured by the iPhone 7 at a depth of 20 to 25 feet. If you have a hankering to recreate some classic underwater movie moment — like maybe one of the many underwater scenes in one of the “Jaws” movies — it appears that the iPhone 7 will allow you to go lower than a few feet underwater and still get great 4K video.

Low Light Feature

Shooting videos on smartphones at night usually result in grainy footage where it is hard to see anything. This is not the case with the iPhone 7; Apple is advertising the smartphone as “the” one to use for low-light photography. The company produced an ad called “Midnight” that shows a kid’s all-night photoshoot with some pretty amazing scenes and video quality. The reason the phone can take such clear footage in the dark is its specs — namely the dual lenses with 28 and 56mm focal lengths, a f/1.8 aperture, optical image stabilization and a bright flash.