To capture high-quality videos, it no longer means you have to carry around bulky equipment, consult the user’s manual or even press several buttons. Built-in technology right on your smartphone now allows you to take professional-looking videos quickly and easily.
Check out some of the best smartphone options to find out what special video capabilities they offer:
With each new version, Apple strives to improve its camera and video capabilities, and the iPhone 6 is no different. The iPhone 6 and 6+ offer an 8-megapixel sensor that improves the camera’s focus when recording videos. This feature is especially helpful when you’re trying to take a video of a quick shot, like your son hitting that home run or your daughter mastering a pirouette in ballet. Another feature that adds to the professional look of an iPhone 6 recording is its optical image stabilization, which eliminates the shaky-hand effect from the video. The actual lens corrects for any instability that occurs while filming, thus producing a seamless video.
The time-lapse video upgrade allows you to take slow-motion shots that can help with perfecting a tennis swing or capturing something just for laughs. iPhones also make it easy to share videos with services like Dropbox, YouTube, and PhotoSynch. Within minutes you can share your video with the whole world or just a few friends.
HTC One M9
The HTC One M9 is compact and sleek, yet sturdy, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping out of your hands. The HTC is equipped with 4K recording capabilities and a 20-megapixel unit. And with its 5-inch display, you can capture each shot with precision that can’t be achieved with many other phones. Videos come across with a higher clarity than previous versions, and HTC also collaborates with audio specialist Dolby for rich, crisp sound quality.
There is also a Zoe capture function on the HTC One that allows users to shoot 20 still photos and send them as a three-second video clip to family and friends. A free share service also allows users to upload and send videos with ease.
The LG G4 is one of the first phones to offer QHD resolution, which allows for vibrant and natural colors. With an f/1.8 aperture and optimal stabilization, you can take videos during the light of the day and retain color clarity. The color spectrum sensor also allows colors to come through with a balance and no unnecessary tint. Furthermore, the camera renders high-resolution videos at 60 seconds per frame.
Samsung Galaxy S 5
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 shoots in 4K and has amped up its resolution to offer 16 megapixels. The resulting video quality is clear and crisp, and users can crop, focus and enlarge details in editing mode. This smartphone is equipped with a battery-saving mode so that if you are away from an outlet for long periods of time, you don’t need to worry about losing juice when it comes time to film.
Thanks to so many sophisticated smartphones on the market today, that bulky camera equipment can easily be eliminated to capture special moments with your family and beyond.
About the author: Rudri Patel is a former lawyer turned writer and editor, wife, mother and observer. She has written for Brain, Child; Huffington Post; First Day Press; and Mamalode. She is seeking grace in the ordinary.