Tuesday, 16 September 2014





I will start this with a caveat. I am a fan of Apple products, and I am writing this on the iPad I use as my main computer, and I listened to the radio on my iPod nano while on the way home from work today. I also know that the correct way to write "iPod nano" is without a capital n. However, I don't own an iPhone - I currently use a BlackBerry Z10, bought before the company fell into crisis, writing off $1 billion of unsold Z10 stock. It is a good phone for messaging, but most phones are these days. So, why am I justifying to myself the extra expense of getting the latest iPhone when my contract runs out?

Again, without this seeming like an ad for Apple, I am looking for a phone that has a brilliant camera, the sort of camera that will guarantee a brilliant photo, or video, if I suddenly see something worth capturing. Even more, I want a phone that will make me want to make a video, one that I may show to other people.

I have wanted a camcorder before, but technology means many phones guarantee 1080p HD broadcast-quality pictures while already in your hand, and just as many have the ability to edit shots together within the phone. Knowing that Apple is the industry standard for post-production, through Final Cut Pro, I am hoping the expertise has made its way down.

There is also the ability to play with the frame rate - regular speed pictures at either 30 frames per second, or a Hobbit-like 60 fps, slow-motion photography at 120 fps and 240 fps, and even time-lapse photography. Again, other phones can do it, but there was a time when this sort of ability involved an outlay of thousands of pounds. 

It makes you want to explore what your phone can do, and what you can do with it. Once there, you start to play with the shots you made, explore how they can connect, make a montage, and see how it makes someone else feel, the language of film being that weird sort of language that anyone can read, but few can write. A home video, the modern-day equivalent of D.W. Griffith making one-reel films with a few actors a hundred years ago, becomes a YouTube video, something to share widely, possibly leading to television, and even more. 

The above may be natural for some, but having the tools only mean so much when you know how to get the best use from them. I should be one of those people, but I hope to be. So, it's time to see what my BlackBerry can do, until the contract runs out... 

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