iPhone XS iPhone XS users who do lots of videos: better than X in every way?

kofman13

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I have an iPhone X right now. I been doing lots of video with my Nikon DSLR, casual personal stuff but a lot. Mostly my own music performance recording at home and at work. The other day I tested my iPhone X in the same lighting setup as I normally use my DSLR and I was blown away by how good the X was. And I realized that it’s “good enough” for what I do to warrant switching to using my iPhone for video mainly instead of lugging a bag with my DSLR and lenses and all that noise.

Then I was thinking, if I’m going to use my iPhone as main video source, I should probably upgrade to the XS since it is better. Smart HDR looks awesome in comparisons, the dynamic range is very noticeable and low light performance is also obviously better in comparisons to the X. And the biggest thing is the stereo audio recording which is big because mono audio recording on iPhone X always sounded so small and dead.

But there are a few things im unsure of like more subtle differences that I can’t nail down in google searches. Is there a different crop with the back camera? Is selfie cam less wide angle?

But generally, to people who use their iPhone XS for pro video or at least heavy video use, was there any feature in video and audio capture you liked MORE on the iPhone X than on the XS and regret?

P.S. no advice on dollar/price to value please, money isn’t a concern in this situation I just want to know if im getting an upgrade in every category and if im missing anything
 

Thai

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The iPhone XS and XS Max Regular (wide) lens has a new 26mm equivalent focal length. This is a change of 2mm—shaved off the previous iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X which have 28mm wide-angle lenses.

Selfie cam? Not sure.

I upgraded from X just for the camera system. Both pics and videos are significantly (if not much) better. Just keep video at 4k30 to enjoy the class-leading video capability (smart HDR, stabilization, & low light performance).

More hardware info: https://blog.halide.cam/iphone-xs-vs-iphone-x-the-camera-hardware-changes-496b40ceae3a
 

kofman13

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The iPhone XS and XS Max Regular (wide) lens has a new 26mm equivalent focal length. This is a change of 2mm—shaved off the previous iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X which have 28mm wide-angle lenses.

Selfie cam? Not sure.

I upgraded from X just for the camera system. Both pics and videos are significantly (if not much) better. Just keep video at 4k30 to enjoy the class-leading video capability (smart HDR, stabilization, & low light performance).

More hardware info: https://blog.halide.cam/iphone-xs-vs-iphone-x-the-camera-hardware-changes-496b40ceae3a
Do you like the new stereo audio recording in the videos? How is Face ID unlock speed as well?
 

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I don’t know about it compared to the X, but the XR I have, which has exactly the same main camera as the XS, it just lacks the second lens and portrait mode for anything, is hands down without doubt the best camera on a smartphone I have ever seen or used, period!

I’ve recently watched some videos comparing the XR to the X and even on those you can clearly see the difference.

The cameras Apple launched last year are no joke, I’d say upgrade and you will not be disappointed.
 

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I got a couple of bits of info for you.

There is a feature that isn't talked about so much, its expanded dynamic range in video. It kinda does what Smart HDR does, but for video. Only catch is that it works in 4K/30 only, not 4K/60. I wish it would work in the latter mode, but still, is of great value. Also, I guess they increased the max ISO, because in very dark environments, it exposes at least a stop brighter than previous models. Noisy of course, but at least you can see stuff. I should note that the autofocus kinda sucks when light is that low, but otherwise very good. And as others have mentioned, stereo audio is a big upgrade.

For photos, you can use something like Lightroom and get better quality by shooting in RAW. Apple used to restrict exposure time to 1/4, and now you can do 1 second.

Here's a video about the expanded dynamic range, and another video about the XS Max quality compared to a Sony RX100 V.



Then I was thinking, if I’m going to use my iPhone as main video source, I should probably upgrade to the XS since it is better. Smart HDR looks awesome in comparisons, the dynamic range is very noticeable and low light performance is also obviously better in comparisons to the X. And the biggest thing is the stereo audio recording which is big because mono audio recording on iPhone X always sounded so small and dead.
 
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AustinIllini

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If you have a Qualcomm modem in your phone, the XS is as good or better in most things with the Intel modem as a HUGE exception. The Intel modem is slower than the Qualcomm in the iPhone X and has exhibited pretty terrible service disconnections for a number of users.

Keep the X, honestly.
 

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If you have a Qualcomm modem in your phone, the XS is as good or better in most things with the Intel modem as a HUGE exception. The Intel modem is slower than the Qualcomm in the iPhone X and has exhibited pretty terrible service disconnections for a number of users.

Keep the X, honestly.
Although that is an opinion of a few here, unfortunately, in real world, XS Intel outperforms any X modems.

I can confirm that in my own household. Both Xs and X are Verizon.
 

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Although that is an opinion of a few here, unfortunately, in real world, XS Intel outperforms any X modems.

I can confirm that in my own household. Both Xs and X are Verizon.
If you can keep it connected. Such a trash modem. A modem is no good if it is unreliable
 

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If you can keep it connected. Such a trash modem. A modem is no good if it is unreliable
Again, i have no idea what you’re talking about. I have both........just FYI, my wife’s Verizon X (Qualcomm) and my XS (Intel). No difference...if anything, mine is slightly better.
 

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how would i know what modem i have lol i would be getting the USA unlocked off contract one