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DSLR or Phone for Content

With content creation being our whole livlihood, a lot of creators question whether they should purchase a DSLR Camera instead of using their phone to shoot content. Today we’re gonna cover some information for each of these options

DSLR

DSLR cameras like Canon, Nikon, Sony, et al, are great for people who want to take their quality to a professional level. These cameras will have much bigger sensors than the cameras your average ell phone comes with, giving you a lot more detail to work with when editing your photos. Being able to shoot in RAW vs jpg with a DSLR will also help with image quality. Most people using DSLR cameras to shoot content are doing so at a highly professional level. Usually working with a professional photographer who already has all of the equipment, and skills needed to make a beautiful photo or video. These skills also include the post processing needed to make that RAW file into something gorgeous and usable for not only social media and fan subscriptions, but advertisement and printed content. One of the main drawbacks to these types of cameras is price point; to get a camera that is going to be user friendly and render beautiful pictures you’ll be looking at a bill no less than $800 for the camera body alone. You then have to consider the types of lenses you’re going to need and your post processing programs such as Photoshop. Lighting will also be a must under certain circumstances. Most DSLR cameras, especially entry level, are not really designed for filming videos. You’ll have to shell out a few pretty pennies to get a camera that does video as well as it does photos. You’re also going to need a computer that can handle the processing power that a program like photoshop needs. (From experience, your average Dell from Staples doesn’t care much for the workload). There’s also a learning curve if you’ve never worked with a DSLR and post processing software before. After all is said and done you are looking at a huge investment of both money and time to purchase all of the equipment and learning how to use it. Our recommendations for using a DSLR; if you already have the equipment or are really wanting to up your game and put a lot of time and energy into learning and using the equipment, go for it! Content shot and processed properly from DSLR cameras tend to be a few steps above your average cellphone images, and when done correctly the investment will pay for itself from companies wanting to work with you as brand ambassadors and more.

Phones

In the last few years, the cameras on our phones have become better and better. iPhone 11pro really started to push the limits of phone cameras when it introduced its three lens system and 12 pro took it further by introducing LiDar and Optical Image Stabilizing(Technology usually found in DSLR sensors). Samsung has similar technology in its flagship phones (galaxy series) Here’s where we get into my personal opinion on phones: Go with the Apple if you’re getting the phone for the camera. Apple puts more of a focus on aperture size and sensor stablization which allows you to have much more control of the image. LiDAR, allows you to take photos in a lower lighting setting without losing any detail. Samsung relies more on how many MPs a camera has and automatic post processing by the phones AI. MPs stop mattering so much after a certain point, cameras really rely on sensor size as far as quality goes. On reviews we’ve read in preparation for this blog the video recording capabilities of the iPhone 14(basic, no pro models) blows the Samsung s22 out of the water. The iPhone 14 offers image stabilization that you normally need a gamble for, giving you super smooth footage no matter what you’re shooting. The Samsung does allow you to record in 8k video, but as most platforms are still working on integrating 4k video into their systems, this does not add value for our industry. Okay, phone specs aside. Shooting your content on a phone allows you to shoot, edit and upload all from one device. You can use the camera on the phone to shoot and film your content, the on phone photo processors to edit, or download apps like Face Tune to tweak your images, and Inshot to edit videos. Once post processing is complete you can easily upload the files to your socials media and your fan platforms. Easy peasy! Purchasing a cellphone with a good camera is a solid investment, especially if you’re just starting out and just starting to create content. The most you’re going to need for shoot with a cell phone is a ring light and, a stand and a remote and most ring lights come with all of this!

Closing

While both options have their perks and their drawbacks, we highly recommend that new users go the cell phone route for producing content. DSLR cameras have a larger learning curve and require a bigger investment of both time and money. Chose the best option for you and run with it iPhone Stats Samsung Stats

😘 Sara Chacón, Unfiltrd Staff

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