Smartphones are getting better and better.
For me the most important deciding factor when buying a smartphone is the screen (especially lightoutput for when outside and flying the drone) and the camera.
A while ago I switched to the Samsung Note 8 after using an iPhone for many years.
Of course I was testing the video and photo functions a lot during the first period. Now I have to be honest I’m not someone that will claim that a smartphone is better or just as good or even slightly worse than a DSLR/SLT… no way… it is and always will be a smaller lesser sensor. however the quality is very nice.
The major problem is noise for me.
As with the iPhone the noise level of the Note8 was not something that really makes it a great shooter in difficult lighting situations and in all honesty that’s how I mostly use my phone (shooting BTS images in a studio or location). However the difference between proper lighting and not so proper lighting was WAY bigger than I ever expected. On your normal camera the difference is there but it’s very gradual, in other words it gets worse very slightly up untill you reach the outer regions where it goes rather fast downhill.
With the Note8 I decided it would be fun to shoot a whole digital classroom with just the phone and some lume cubes and ice light.
In all honesty the results stunned me a bit. I never actually shot a serious shoot with a smartphone and expected OK images, but the end results were a lot better than expected…. you know what… here are those images and the whole episode of the Digital Classroom.
Feel free to leave comments below or on YT and make sure to also show your amazing smartphone shots.