Best Smartphone for Video Recording & Filmmaking



What is the best smartphone for video recording going into 2022?

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►Cameras
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►External Drives
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►Lenses
Moment Anamorphic (Blue & Gold):
Moment 58mm Telephoto:
Moondog Labs anamorphic:
Ulanzi 65mm Telephoto:
USKEYVISION 1.55x Anamorphic:
Sandmarc Anamorphic:
Ulanzi Anamorphic:

►Gimbal
DJI OM 4:
DJI OM 5:

►Filters
Neewer 37mm ND & PL Filter Kit:
K&F 67mm Variable ND:
Tiffen Black Pro-Mist Diffusion Filter:
Moment 67mm Filter Mount:
Sandmarc ND / PL clip on filters:
PolarPro System:

►Microphones
iPhone (lightning) Lavalier:
Sennheiser 416:
SYNCO Lav-S6:
Rode VideoMic NTG (shotgun):
Comica Boom-X-DMI1:

►Audio Recorder
Zoom H4n:

►Lights
VIJIM VL-1:
VIJIM VL66:

►Mounts / Cases
Manfrotto Tripod Clamp:
Moment Case:
Moment Drop-in Mount:
SmallRig Cage:

►Tripods
Joby GripTight ONE:
Ulanzi MT-08:
Manfrotto PIXI:
Joby GorillaPod:
Andoer Horizontal Arm Tripod:
Manfrotto Monopod:

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33 thoughts on “Best Smartphone for Video Recording & Filmmaking

  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Dude…Serious video.. New subscriber here 🙂

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    I can’t stop watching your videos. Information overload. I am learning so much from you. Thank you…

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Filmic Pro unfortunately produces very soft and noisy output on the Xiaomi main camera. I have the Mi 10T Pro and sadly can't use Filmic Pro.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Panasonic CM1 still king😁

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Informative but i found the tone monotone and too slow had to speed to 1.5x.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Do you have any suggestion for phones around $500 for videography? The most important thing is it has 4k 30fps front and 4k 60fps rear camera, both must have image stabilization, and have good dynamic range. And also have ultra wide angle lens.
    I'm thinking of samsung s20 Fe but it hasn't image stabilization for the selfie camera when recording 4K video.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    So my phone broke, and now I am in need to buy a new one. I am considering either buying a budget phone again or iPhone. Either 13mini 128GB (671 euro), or 12PRO 128GB (899 euro), the shop here also had the 13 128GB (756 euro) and 256GB (856 euro). But If I am already considering spending ~700 euro on a phone, are iPhones the best? For filming and photos, I feel like smartphones either excel in videography or take better photos but are crap with recording. As much as I love this voice-over video, he's funny af, I honestly don't know what to do. Technically 899 euro is just too expensive for me, but I can fathom if the quality is good. Otherwise with 671 euro to buy the mini, although I prefer a 6" screen, though, I'll live with 5,4" screen. I know he loves Samsung, though I am not a fan of the brand and never had a good experience when having a Samsung phone. My last phones were Motorola and the Oppo phone. So any advice I will appreciate immensely because I need you'll help to me figure out my next move. I am using my Motorola again and lost a huge part of my hobby (filming) and learning to edit. So please help a poor Master's student figure this out. 🙂

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    jesuz dude trim that wig between your eyes

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    innovation is overwhelming, for 11 years I ve been using smart phones but only for pictures and videos 😀 I have a 4 lenses smartphone & I use just 1 :))

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    The Sony Xperia phones are quite interesting. However, none of the mobile phone service providers in Canada are selling them. If you want one, you can get one through Amazon Canada, but it will be an international 'grey market' phone with no warranty and no CDMA capability. CDMA is used by most wireless phone service providers in the US, thus rendering the phone useless if you plan to travel in the US.

    The Xperia phones aren't even listed on the Sony Canada website, and there is no official Sony Xperia website. I'm scratching my head over why Sony won't market their phones in Canada, gievn their apparently huge capabilities. Maybe it's because the phones are quite expensive and there's not enough profit margin for retailers to bother.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    How can I film myself using the better camera and not the selfie mode? forgive me if this is a daft question, how do I frame myself? I have Samsung but want to upgrade soon

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    What an amazing discovery i had today ,just awesome content and feel ,keep up your good work man .

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Hello Brother Simon , you forgot about Honor Magic 3 Pro Plus , Honor Magic V & Honor Magic 4 Pro . They all are super flagship smartphones. I think you should buy and test them all.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Iphone XR or Se for video?? Which one should I choose???????

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    The way you narrate your episodes is so smooth! Educational and relaxing! Thank you for your much thoughtful preparation and research for us all.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Which mobile camera do you recommend for me to shoot indoor Real Estate videos budget is no problem ?

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Rekomended for video slow mo?

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    prores is an incentive to buy a larger storage capacity and more expensive iphone. why dont Apple allow external video recording?

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    omg i wish i could live in the USA to work a buy one of those phones.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Poco f2 pro :
    8k @30fps
    4k @60fps
    64mp
    the price is much cheaper than all that mentioned

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    what did you use to shoot this video (your face)? Thank you!

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    LG been had cinematic mode, with built in LUTS. Plus 24 fps

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Please suggest me the best for vlogging

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Simon, I must agree w/ Source Awareness' nickname for you ~ "Legend". You provide your audience with incredible content whilst speaking succinctly about the content matter. I'm would not be surprise if your 72K subscribers count double in 2022! Good luck & best of fortunes in the new year.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Thorough video. Thanks!

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    🌟💪💪Thank you Much🌟✨📷📷

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    thanks for your video. i am looking for the best video and sound quality phone to video record concerts inside an arena w all kinds of flashing and strobing light during the concerts. what phone do you suggest and are their special features like night mode on the iphone 13pro or some setting on the sony experia 1 that you think would help or not? thank you sooooooo much.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Please do a budget version also

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    I have a question, I have S20ultra for shoot a video, but someone tell me that Samsung Note 20 Ultra is better, should I get the Note 20 Ultra ? Is it worth upgrading for the video shooting?

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    A better question to ask is why can't you get a smart phone with a selfie camera that is as good as the main camera?
    It's a shame Samsung does not have acceptable color science, the results always look over-saturated.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    Have you ever heard about Asus Zenfone Flip? It has the best selfie camera because… the rear camera is rotating to front 😁👍

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    So, here a question. What smartphone in 2021 under $500/£500/€500 (apart from an iPhone or an old Pixel) has the most accurate front and selfie camera photo quality in terms of skin tones and dynamic range? I will wait. Cheers.

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  • March 30, 2022 at 3:38 pm
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    I wish you would put together a full tutorial video of how to set up and use the Manual Settings while shooting with the Hohem iSteady Mobile + app with the iPhone

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