Smartphone filmmaking is a growing trend that the industry can no longer ignore. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly two-thirds of all American adults currently use a smartphone, and the video capabilities of these devices are growing at an outstanding rate.
Traditional filmmakers may be skeptical, but with the advances in technology and a growing number of innovative smartphone accessories, the future of smartphone filmmaking is becoming more and more intriguing.
If you’re considering putting down your camera and picking up your phone to shoot your next project, here are seven smartphone filmmaking accessories to consider.
The JOBY GorillaPod is a handy smartphone accessory that should be in every filmmaker’s bag. The moveable stand firmly secures your smartphone, and you can use it in almost any situation to stabilize your footage. You can adjust the flexible arms for uneven terrain or even wrap them around a tripod or C-stand.
The LitleCane gimbal brings smooth Steadicam motion to your smartphone. The gimbal has built-in auto-tracking capabilities and fingertip rotation control. It’s perfect for filmmakers working on everything from run-and-gun action sequences to long-form moving live streams.
For all those pocket directors of photography, the ExoLens ZEISS wide-angle lens boosts your smartphone’s video capabilities. The ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens operates at about an 18mm equivalent, which means more flexibility in your coverage.
Still an active Kickstarter campaign, this innovative smartphone camera cage gives you full-motion protection and two-handed smoothness for all your filmmaking needs. Its customizable construction also accommodates add-ons like microphones and LED panel lighting for the ultimate professional smartphone filmmaking setup.
This ingenious dolly car invention brings smooth camera dolly movement to your smartphone filmmaking arsenal. The iStabilizer Dolly Car is a cheap but sturdy build on skateboard wheels, which brings precision motion to a vast array of camera moves across mostly smooth surfaces.
The Rode smartLav+ lavalier microphone is one of the many smartphone audio options offered by FiLMiC that can bring professional quality sound recording to your filmmaking process. The smartLav+ simply connects via your headphone jack and records directly to the recording app of your choice. The mic is broadcast quality and clips securely to your subject.
Our final smartphone filmmaking accessory reflects the future of the industry: virtual reality. The TwoEyes VR 360 camera could be the next big thing in virtual reality. The camera offers complete 360-degree 4K capabilities along with dual camera recording to mimic human vision.