Can You Shoot a Documentary Using an Apple iPhone XS? Yes, You Can!

So I was watching random videos on Youtube videos earlier and I chanced upon a cool new clip uploaded by the official channel of Apple on November 30, 2018.

It's a two-minute documentary entitled 'Lady Misaki', which was shot entirely using an Apple iPhone XS by hotshot Japanese photographer and film-maker Jiro Konami.

Documentary iPhone

Basically, the video is about the Japanese Decotora scene featuring a driver, Kazuya Sekino, and his truck from which the title of the documentary gets its name. Decotora essentially means "the art of the decorated truck".

Mostly shot at night - perhaps to highlight the low-light video recording capability of the Apple iPhone XS, the short film also talks about the community of drivers as well as their charitable efforts

Apple iPhone XS and Apple iPhone XS Max are the most powerful handsets for stills photography and video-recording that the Cupertino company has released so far. The two models feature a Dual Rear Camera module that's made up of a 12 MegaPixel Primary Shooter with f/1.8 Aperture and Optical Image Stabilization plus a Secondary 12 MegaPixel cam with f/2.4 Aperture that enables 2X lossless zoom capability. The primary, which is powered by Apple's Neural Engine for enhanced saturation, contrast, and shadows across all lighting conditions and in shooting various subjects, can also record 4K 60fps videos and 1080p clips up to 240 fps.

You can watch the documentary here:


This clip, which was commissioned by Apple, pretty much proves that it's indeed possible to create semi-professional to professional films using the iPhone was the primary device for capturing scenes.

In fact, earlier this year, Steven Sodobergh released a movie that was shot entirely using the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Unsane is a thriller movie about a woman and her 'supposed' stalker.


According to Mr. Sodobergh - who is a film-making legend in his own right, "I think [shooting moving using iPhones] is the future. Anybody going to see [Unsane] who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit."

Fair enough. But I think - apart from the iPhone's camera - you also need big talent, technical know-how, a great story, and decent lighting equipment to create a good film that people would want to watch.

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