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Where is the innovation?

This article was written before the announcement of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X.

For a long time, when someone asked me What phone should I buy for mojo? I’d answer Buy the Plus version of the newest iPhone without thinking.

While that’s still my answer for now, I don’t know for how long that’s gonna be the case.

Android for sure has come a long way. And while the operating system undoubtedly still has some disadvantages comparing to iOS, it’s getting better with every new version.

But in this article, I want to focus on hardware and cameras. Of course, there are many many more new Android phones than new iPhones. So naturally, there will be more hardware innovation on that side. Manufacturers start to realize that outstanding camera performance for many people is the most important thing on a new phone. In the last months only, multiple Android phone manufacturers announced new phones with innovative camera specifications.

  • The camera with the largest aperture? It’s in the LG V30, with an f1.6 lens.
  • Recording (and streaming) with both the front and rear camera simultaneously? You’ll need the Nokia 8.
  • A superb DSLR quality camera and a holographic display? I’d bet on the RED Hydrogen with a separate camera module. That could really revolutionize the way we shoot with a smartphone because it’s the first smartphone that’s made especially for professional videographers. (Okay really, I know it will take at least another 6 months, there is no guarantee that it will be as good as they promise, it’s freakin’ expensive, so it’s kinda risky that I spent 1200 USD on it, but I’m sooooo curious!)

Of course, writing all this is not really fair when the announcement of the new iPhone(s) is just a month away. But apart from it’s augmented reality options, most rumors on the new iPhone are about wireless charging and the OLED screen. Maybe Apple will surprise us all. But if not, for the next year, we have to rely on other manufacturers to push the limits of mobile journalism.

So fast

One of the great things about mobile journalism is that everything is evolving so freakin’ fast.

  • A year ago you could choose between a couple of professional iPhone grips. Today there are so many I can’t count.
  • A year ago, there was no professional multitrack iPhone video editor available. Today there are two: LumaFusion and Kinemaster (also for Android) and they are great.
  • A year ago it was a hassle to distribute 360º video via your phone. Today you can do livestreaming in 360º in seconds.
  • A year ago it was very difficult to get wireless audio in combination with a gimbal. Today that’s a piece of cake, with new gimbals that don’t block the Lightning/USB port and a dedicated wireless microphone system for smartphones*.
  • A year ago zooming with your smartphone camera was a no go. Today Apple, Huwawei, LG and many other brands sell phones with two camera’s to create (some) optical zoom.
  • A year ago you needed a DSLR to make images like this. Today you get the bookeh effect with many new dual lens smartphones, like the iPhone 7 Plus.

Some reporters, broadcasters and publishers still doubt the possibilities of smartphone usage for news reports, Those discussions are interesting. Of course, in many situations using a broadcast camera still has advantages. Better image quality, better zooming, I totally get it. But I always try to ask the question: If this is what happened in the last year, what will mobile journalism look like in another twelve months?

*The Samon Go Mic Mobile wireless microphone system for smartphones will be available in a couple of weeks. So that’s not literally today. But you get the point…

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