Deciding between 7 and 8 for Video only

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by AdiosVista, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. AdiosVista macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    I've been trying to decide between the iPhone 7 or 8 (non-plus versions) for filmmaking and would appreciate any feedback. Here are more details:

    I currently have a DSLR for still photography and DJI drone for aerial, both serve their purpose. I really want to get into video though (mostly nature, hiking, etc.) and am strongly considering an updated iPhone with a DJI Osmo.

    I have an iPhone 6 now and the 7 seems like a huge jump up with 4k and better slo-mo. However, what I'm stuck deciding on is if the 8 is worth the extra $$ over the 7. I know the 8 has more fps options for 4k and also does 240 fps at 1080p for slo-mo.

    The biggest question I have is: how much of a difference is there with the 4k options on the 8? Is 60 frames instead of 30 going to be a big improvement? At the same time, won't that mean low-light is more difficult to get at 60 frames?

    I'm open to suggestions, thanks for your time!

    EDIT: Just realized I posted in the Photo section and not Video. So sorry! Mods, please feel free to move this thread.
  2. MarkC426 macrumors 6502a

    May 14, 2008
    Considering you have a DSLR and a pretty good drone.
    Why wouldn't you get a proper 4k video camera (about same price as an iphone 8).
    Or for a bit more a blacmagic design pocket cinema camera (not 4k, but the quality will be far superior than any phone optics)
  3. AdiosVista thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    That's a fair question. Main reasons are: portability and I also don't know of any "cheap" video cameras that can do 4k/60fps and 1080p/240fps.
  4. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    Some of the entry level DSLR shoot some decent video or you can find a nice Point and Shoot camera. The problem with a phone is that you will get crappy footage in low light. Not knowing where you are located, you can find used or refurbs to fit your needs.

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