Poll of the week: who the hell is making movies with their smartphone?


Apparently Apple and Xiaomi recognize a need in smartphones that I am apparently nearsighted to see is a need. Video functionality has been a common theme throughout the initial Tech Fall launches. This begs the question: who films with their smartphone, and if they do, is they really using the built-in camera app to do so? Let’s get down to business with this week’s poll on NextPit.

Have you been keeping up with Apple and Xiaomi product launches in recent weeks? Otherwise, let me give you a little recap! Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 series, introducing an exciting video mode called “Cinematic Mode” along the way. A few days later, Xiaomi unveiled the 11T and 11T Pro, also emphasizing the magical video features, which it dubbed “Cinemagic”.

As nice as these features are to watch, there is a question in my mind: who is actually filming with their smartphone? I don’t mean recording short videos for friends on WhatsApp or followers on Instagram and TikTok. I mean elaborate videos using the built-in camera app, where the background needs to be out of focus or when you want an Alfred Hitchcock-style giddy effect.

Do you film with your smartphone?

So let’s start with the main question: do you make videos with your smartphone? This means recordings that you consciously save as memories that were taken with the camera app. If so, these recordings could benefit from the brand new video features from Apple and Xiaomi.

Personally, I take such videos for a less “fun” reason, as I do when reviewing new smartphones. But in our reviews, the video features are generally something we tend to overlook. That may change if it turns out that the NextPit community is made up of amateur filmmakers. But let’s not dwell any longer and look at the next question!

Kinematic mode seems to have very high hardware requirements / © NextPit

Are you using the Stock Camera app?

When I was at scooter maker Unu the other day for NextPit, I captured a quick Instagram story. So when I’m on the go, it’s much easier to capture a quick impression of places or products using the social media app’s built-in video feature. The same goes if you just want to capture a good time for the family group on WhatsApp, Telegram or Snapchat. Here is my follow-up question:

Finally, I would like to add a brief review on the apparent importance of video features on smartphones. This theory will be tested next Monday. Of course, I am also interested in your opinion here.

Thesis: Video features as a demonstration of smartphone performance

Smartphone makers may not even meet a need with their new video features. The smartphone hardware is now so powerful that it can hardly be pushed to its limits in everyday use. At most, this is done by mobile games or video functions. Apple’s new cinematic mode, for example, is so demanding that Apple cannot activate older iPhones with this feature due to insufficient processing power.

So my thesis is this: Video features are a way for manufacturers to create a need for new devices, although older models can still make most mobile apps and games smooth. They legitimize the use of ever more powerful processors, larger memory options and more gigabytes of RAM. Do you agree with me on that?

Now shut up! “Or as they say in the movie world. I’m especially looking forward to your thoughts in the comments this week, and I almost hope I’ve put my blinders on here too. See you on Monday. at the latest to evaluate the results of this survey.

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