Shoot films with your cellphone

Posted on August 18, 2013

The technology is moving really fast forward, and Nokia is taking advantage of this by creating cellphones with impressive cameras. I have been lucky to test three different Nokia cellphones, all with an amazing camera. The Nokia 808 was the most exciting to test, because it has a 41 megapixel sensor and manual settings. The Nokia Lumia 920 and the new Nokia Lumia 925 doesn’t have the same amount of manual settings when filming, but they have a camera with aperture F2, Carl Zeiss lens and the PureView technology.

I have made some videos, where I test these three phones in different settings. One of them is a shortfilm made with the Lumia 925. Me and Eskild wanted to test the camera by making a improvised shortfilm which I shot both handheld, and with my homebuilt steadycam. All three phones has a good image stabilizer, to smoothen the shots.

With the Nokia 808, you can control the exposure and the focus when filming. Unfortunately you can’t control the exposure on the lumia 920 and 925 yet, and that’s a downside if you want to use them to shoot films. But I’m really satisfied with the video quality, and can’t wait for the new Lumia 1020, which is a newer version of the Nokia 808.

Check out my tests here:

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  1. Monica September 18, 2013 6:03 pm

    Hei!

    Jeg skulle egentlig bare finne kontaktinfo på deg, fordi Ina Marie (en venninne av meg) anbefalte meg å ringe deg ang en ting. Men dette innlegget her stoppet meg jo helt opp, så interessant var det..:) Må si jeg kjenner jeg er litt skuffa over iPhone 5 når det kommer til film og foto i forhold til disse mobilene du presenterer her. =)

    Utrolig gøy å se hva du får til med noe så enkelt…=) Det beviser bare at det ikke er utstyret det kommer an på, -men kreativiteten og ideen bak hele greia.

  2. Sharif April 17, 2014 5:44 pm

    Hi,

    Just a quick question. What is the name of the smartphone stabilizer/tripod called that you used for these videos?

    I’ve tried searching and found many kinds but none have that hand-like grip! I’d appreciate a reply with the answer! Maybe you could tell me of a good budget priced tripod also.

    Thanks and well done on your productions that you put out,

    God bless :-)

  3. Anders Øvergaard June 21, 2014 10:40 am

    Hi Sharif!

    If you search for cellphone clamp or cellphone mount tripod, I think you will find something similar on Ebay. The slider I’m using is from kamerar.com. Thats a nice place to buy camera equipment :)

    Anders