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15 best phone cameras used for film shooting

It is said that the best camera is the one that you have on you when it is required. Cameras like DSLR cannot be taken everywhere all the time. Luckily, there are some amazing smartphones to the rescue. How well a smartphone captures images depends on its aperture size. The larger the aperture or the opening of the lens, the more light can get through and the better is the picture in natural lighting/ night time. It is a more prominent aspect in terms of phone camera performance than megapixels. Let’s have a look at 15 best phone cameras for film shooting.

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15 best phone cameras used for Movie shooting


  1. Apple iPhone 7 plus – Best mobile phone for filmmaking

    Armed with a dual camera setup,iPhone 7 plus has the best smartphone camera out there. Although it is expensive, at Rs. 69,999, it has really lived up to the expectations of phone critics in terms of battery, design, display and reaction time.iPhone 7 plus has an aperture ratio of f/1.8, which is less than galaxy S7, but it shows colors just like they are, giving the most original view possible. It stays unbeaten at the first position.

Price- Rs. 62,000

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  1. Google Pixel XL – Best mobile phone for filmmaking

    – It might not match the standards of iphone 7, but it nevertheless works like a charm. It captures beautiful daylight pictures and videos, and you might find it better than iphone in some places in terms of colour. A 1/2.3″ 12.3MP sensor is present with an f/2 aperture but offers no optical image stabilization. Google has added features like shake-free hand-held recording. Stronger processing and zero shutter lag have made the excellent HDR+ mode on by default, using image stacking to capture details better, reduce noise and increase dynamic range. It is these inventive features which make Pixel one of the most promising smartphones for videography released in 2016.

Price- Rs. 60,000

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  1. Samsung galaxy S8- Best Phone for Filmmakers

    Since it is a very recent phone, detailed test of the camera cannot be done. It has a 12mp dual sensor camera, with f/1.7 aperture ratio. However keeping in mind it is Samsung’s flagship phone and has features such as iris scanner. The camera and the software promise much scope for using in filmmaking activity.

Price- Rs. 90,000 (approximated)

  1. LG G6- Best Smartphone For Filmmakers

    LG G6 has 13MP resolution in the rear camera and 5MP in the front camera. Front and rear Wide Angle Lenses give you three times more room to fit everyone in the frame, while Auto Shot makes taking selfies a breeze – no buttons required.For shooting landscapes, LG G6is the phone. In back, its dual 13-MP offers one lens with a standard angle of view, and another with a super-wide angle view — perfect for capturing all those expansive vistas and big city views.

Price- Rs. 50,000

  1. One plus 3T- Best Phone For Filmmakers

    One plus is a newcomer in the market of android in 2014. It doesn’t need to compete with Samsung, apple and Google, because of its specs. One plus three has a 1/2.8″ 16MP sensor combined with an F/2.0 aperture, phase detection and optical image stabilization. 4k video, DNG Raw support, manual control over shutter speed are all present as well and selfie-shooters will be interested in the front camera that offers an amazing 16MP resolution. In video mode the OnePlus can record 4K footage and 720p slow-motion clips at 120fps.

Price- Rs. 30,000

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  1. Huawei P9- Best Phone For Videomaking

    This phone comes with a 12MP rear and 8MP front camera. It has dual sensors in the rear camera. One camera takes pictures in black and white, while other takes them in color. You can also adjust the aperture of the camera according to the light, but the focusing speed of the camera is pretty slow.

Price- Rs. 40,000

  1. Galaxy note 5-

    Just like its predecessor, Note 5 has a brilliant camera with a variety of camera modes, characteristic of any Samsung phone. There’s an improved 16-megapixel primary camera with a wider f/1.9 aperture lens ratio which improves low-light shooting and generally capture brighter images.

On the rear is a 5-megapixel camera sensor with a wide angle selfie option. On the video front, there’s still 4K video restricted to five minutes of recording but there is still the ability to shoot more without restrictions at Full HD 1080p video at 60fps. The on board optical image stabilization also helpsin reducing the blur and keeping things steady.

It remains one of the best smartphone cameras for overall image quality and ease of use. Though, low-light photography is quite poor.

Price- Rs. 35,000

  1. Moto z play- Cellphone for Filmmakers

    Clicking pictures and shooting videos on this device is fast and spontaneous. Also, the quality of picture is nearly flawless. The aperture lens is wide with f/1.8 ratio. The focus is very fast, and it comes with all the features expected of a flagship phone.

Price- Rs. 40,000

  1. Nokia 8- Phone Camera For filmmakers

    Nokia 8 has 24-megapixel primary camera and a 12-megapixel front camera for selfies. Nokia has been known for its phones but after the coming of smartphones, it fell behind.Nokia 8 offers features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. It falls behind on the battery front, as its battery life is very short.

Price- Rs. 31,000

  1. Xiaomi mi 5- Phone Camera For Filmmakers

    The XiaomiMi 5 indeed resolves a great deal of detail, and the noise levels are kept reasonably low. The white balance is very accurate, and thereis lively color rendition. The dynamic range is high, which has lately become a must for a flagship camera. Overall, the processing is mature, and we consider those daylight samples among the best 16MP ones we’ve seen so far.

Image quality in low light is quite unsatisfactory.

The foliage in good amount of light brings forth better colors than when shot with galaxy S7/S7 edge.

Price: Rs. 25,000

  1. XiaomiRedmi note 4-

    This phone proves that camera is not only about megapixels. With a 13 MP sensor to offer clear images, it has lesser megapixels than its predecessor, Xiaomi note 4. It lacks in night time photos, due to its small aperture ratio (f/2.0). A major feature of the camera is its phase detection auto focus feature that helps in locking focus on moving things real quick.

The aperture size of f/2.0 and the built in blue glass filters are some of the characteristics that lessen color distortion due to infrared rays. The camera interface is slick and easy to follow. The first screen shows options such as live filters, camera modes and the option to record videos are lined up around the touch shutter button.

The live filters provide the option to see what an image will look like before even taking the shot.

Price- Rs. 20,000

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  1. Asus Zenfone Ultra 3- Best camera for Film shooting 

    Asus added a 23MP f2.0 main camera(Sony IMX318) for the Ultra with all the excitement of flagship specifications. Its daylight shots are striking with fine detail that includes a great dynamic range with amazing accuracy of colors and sharpness to boot. HDR mode improves on an already great experience. It can give a beautiful shooting experience for a low budget.

Price- Rs. 22,000

13.Xperia Z5-

Sony Xperia Z5 has received long-awaited update in cameras of sony phone series. With a 23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS BSI CMOS multi-aspect image sensor, 5MP front camera, f/2 aperture ratio, 24 mm equivalent focal length, 4K video and a dedicated shutter button. A new hybrid AF system, which has contrast and phase detect technologies, should improve focus too. This phone is great for underwater shooting because it is waterproof.

Price- Rs. 35,000

  1. HTC M8-

    This successor of HTC one arrives with dual 4 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, HDR, and panorama. The auto-focus speed matches that of galaxy S5. It also comes with a dual-LED flash, designed to get rid of glare and make nighttime photos look more natural, just like in iPhone. It is a great buy for movie making on a low budget.

Price- Rs. 15000

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  1. Micromax Yu Yureka Plus-

    Equipped with a 13MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera, the Camera performs great in day light but noise is there in the low light or artificial light photographs.

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 OctaCore processor and 2 GB RAM with Android Lollipop Cyanogen Mod), the daylight shots are good, however like all other budget smartphones the artificial light or low light shots are grainy.

Price- Rs. 10,000

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Niharika is specializing English literature from Delhi University. She is a poet, a writer and a film fanatic, and loves to get to the bottom of things. Her zest for research in the field of filmmaking makes her equipped with the nooks and corners of it.

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  1. Gaurav Sanyal

    March 18, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Hii I have an idea to create a documentary
    Just suggest a proper camera and software for sound and video editing


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