Smartphone versus video recorder

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    • #95978

      Hello guys!

      I have a dilemma. I’m going on the road (on a 5-month trip) and would like to shoot interviews. My budget is very, very limited.

      I was told that Sony CX455 would do an OK job. I was wondering if filming Sony CX455 would really be better than filming with my Samsung Galaxy A5?

      Is the purchase really worth it, to replace my phone for shooting?

      I really appreciate your help.


    • #277906

      Given your financial limitations you can get by with the cell phone. I recently edited nearly five hours of material shot by a client on safari in Africa. It was stunning, really first rate video. Much of what the client and his wife shot was of animals: everything was well exposed and sharply in focus. Unfortunately much of the footage was shot in the portrait mode — i.e., with the phone held up and down rather than on its side. It proved extremely difficult to cut the two configurations together. So if you do decide to use your phone do your best to keep all your shooting in the landscape (i.e., east-west) mode. This will look good so long as you don’t try to frame your subject too tightly and you’re careful about the backgrounds.

      I strongly recommend a light-weight tripod for stability, especially if you’re shooting extended interviews.

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