Smartphone cameras have vastly improved in the last few years. The iPhone, in particular, has improved so much that people use them for studio work, to film full length movies, and music videos; even some newspapers use iPhones instead of professional DSLRs. Using the images shot on this smartphone may be fine for the low-res images in a newspaper or a compressed video on YouTube, but it can’t handle the quality that major broadcasts require. In the following clip, Harvey Hogan, a cameraman for CNN, compares an iPhone to a professional broadcast camera.
The field of journalism tends to follow the trend of new technology. Many journalists, ranging from amateur freelance to professionals, are now trading their big box cameras for iPhones. Is sacrificing convenience and quality just to get the shot worth it? Hogan heads to London’s Piccadilly Circus to put the much praised iPhone 6 against his CNN camera kit. Comparing shots of street performers, traffic and crowds of people, the iPhone has washed out colors, poor low light performance, and less detail than the news camera, as to be expected.
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One of the key aspects in comparing the two is a sense of professionalism. A news camera looks more professional and intimidating; you will get more dignified answers or it might scare people off. An iPhone, on the other hand, is more friendly and common place. Interviews will be more nonchalant and real. For a journalist, which one seems better?
The iPhone has a much better approach for journalists to capture the true human experience. How many people do you think played up their reactions because Hogan had a professional looking camera? Our media should be like our world, unfiltered, real and not clouded by a pseudo-personality. Professionalism is sacrificed when using an iPhone, but getting the shot can be more important to quality to a certain degree.
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