Shooting great video with and iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 is great for shooting video when using it with the DJI Osmo Mobile or any of the Osmo models for that matter? In this article, I’ll go over all of the features that I think will benefit you when using the iPhone 7 with the Osmo. I’m not covering every feature of the phone, just the features that matter for shooting video.

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#1 The Screen

It there’s one thing I hate about shooting video outside with the Osmo and my iPhone 6s, it’s that intense sun light that sometimes makes it almost impossible to see what your doing. You can combat this by getting the iPhone 6s Plus with its larger and higher resolution screen, but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus actually have an even better screen. These new screens are 25% brighter which means you should be able to see them better in the sun. The color has also been improved, providing a wide color gamut for a more accurate picture of what you’re seeing when shooting. These features will be great when shooting with all of the Osmo models since the iPhone is always being used as a monitor.

#2 Low Light

The iPhone 6s already has pretty decent low light capability compared to most phones, but it still doesn’t compare to a dedicated DSLR camera. The new iPhone tries to fix this with a larger aperture lens. This means the lens lets in more light and produces an image with less noise. It still won’t be as good as a DSLR because of how small the image sensor is, but between having this new lens and a faster processor for noise reduction, videos taken with the iPhone 7 and Osmo mobile should look much cleaner than the original Osmo and Osmo Plus.

#3 Zoom

You may already know this, but the iPhone 7 Plus actually has two cameras. One has a wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens (more zoomed in) for taking shots with a narrow field of view. Apple didn’t really mention this, but on the iPhone 7 Plus, the new 2X optical zoom function can also be used in video. This means you can finally get that cinematic close up look and using the Osmo mobile, you can take shots that were previously only possible on the DJI Osmo plus and Osmo Pro.

#4 Storage

Shooting 4k video with the iPhone 6s for long periods of time is definitely doable, but if you also like to store lots of photos, videos and apps on your phone, sometimes 128GB just isn’t going to cut it. There are also third party apps that people use which allow you to record at higher bit rates, but this uses up even more storage per video, making it hard to record more than a few minutes of footage before running out of space. With the iPhone 7, you can keep all of the stuff you usually would on your phone while still having an extra 128GB of free space available thanks to the new 256GB option.

#5 Battery Life

The Osmo Mobile has a great battery life of 4.5 hours, but unfortunately your iPhone probably won’t last that long when shooting video. The good news is that the iPhone 7 now has improved battery life, so you might not get a full 4.5 hours of recording but you’ll definitely get closer.

In summary

The iPhone 7 Plus is the best smartphone to use with the Osmo Mobile, and because of its great screen and fast processor it will make a great device to use on any of DJI’s products.

This fall Apple will release IOS 11 with suport for H265 video, this will give you up to a 40% savings in video file size. DJI started suporting this new video format back in 2016.

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