iPhone 4 and Video

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While many have been focusing on the antenna issues – others are taking the opportunity to shoot with these phones and produce some impressive work!

While I don’t see this changing the world of filmmaking overnight – I do think it points to a general trend towards smaller cameras, and using devices that are always on you at all times…

As Chase Jarvis said: “The Best Camera is the one that’s with you.”   And I couldn’t agree more.  Chase basically coined one of the foundational points that every young photojournalist has drilled into them by their mentors:  ALWAYS HAVE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU – YOU NEVER KOW WHEN SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

That’s why I think we’ll see a lot more of these videos in the near future – and especially in the news business – and it’s just a matter of time until a reporter does a live broadcast from a scene with “facetime” and that we see some breaking news videos shot with these phones.

This will likely cause yet another wave in the citizen journalism vs. professional media debate that’s been going on for years- especially for photographers.

Ever since the London Bombings and the Miracle on the Hudson (flight landing in the Hudson) – events that were primarily documented by amateur still photographs made with relatively high quality cell phones – breaking-news still photographers have found that it has gotten extremely difficult to compete with people who “are at the right place at the right time” equipped with just a cell phone.

I think the same will now happen in the video world…  with phones that can shoot pretty amazingly clear 720p video – expect to see a LOT more first person footage shot by non-professionals on CNN, BBC, etc.

Interesting times… check out both of these videos.   Pretty amazing to see what can be shot – with YOUR PHONE!!!!

I’m guessing that there are already a half-dozen people shooting music videos with them as well this week… I almost shot one with the previous generation iPhone 3Gs but didn’t think the quality was quite there yet.

I can say that both the 720p video and the still photographs I’ve seen coming out of the iPhone 4 are pretty stunning…  I used one of the original digital cameras 10 years ago… the Canon DCS520 – and the quality of images coming off of this phone – ABSOLUTELY SMOKES that now archaic $20,000 camera… funny how things can change in 10 years… wonder what will happen in the next 10 years… heck – in the next 5 years to be honest!