There I was one morning sipping my coffee and getting ready for the day. I decided to scroll through Facebook. There I saw a sponsored link that was liked by a couple of Facebook friends. Normally I skip past these, not even noticing the content of the link. This one caught my eye – How to Use and iPhone to Produce Professional Quality Video.
Being in the video business some might consider me biased towards more “professional” (i.e. – expensive) cameras. Truly I am not. I think cameras are tools. We actually own 15 cameras, all are used for different functions. What got me about this advertisement was when the spokesperson compared the the quality of the video to “those fancy DSLR cameras.” Even claiming that when placed side-by-side no one could tell the difference. Here is where he lost me. Their example was a person against a white background … that’s it. In this case it is very hard to tell the difference. But again, cameras are tools. Look at the product pictures below. When the product is against a white background it is hard to distinguish between which camera took the shot (The iPhone 5s shot is on the left. On the right is the Canon 5D).
Now look at this comparison. When the product is placed against an interesting background, one with character, one’s camera choice really makes a difference.
Not to get too technical, but a lot of it comes down to how the camera records the image. If the camera records the image to a small sensor than everything is in focus. Great for “selfie-videos” shot against a solid color background. If the camera records to a large sensor you can have your foreground in focus while your background will fall out of focus. This is the basic idea of “depth of field.”
If you want to learn more you can go here: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/digital-camera-sensor-size.htm