If it’s September, it must be time for Apple’s new iPhone announcement. That’s right — another year, another iPhone. But this year, the iPhone has gotten hardware and software upgrades that will make a real difference to anyone looking to shoot quality video on the phone.
It starts with that third lens on the back. The iPhone 11 Pro adds an ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field of view to the now-standard wide and tele lens duo. That new lens offers one obvious benefit — you can now get more in your frame without having to step backward to recompose the image. But there’s another advantage: you will soon be able to capture footage from multiple iPhone lenses simultaneously.
Near the end of Apple’s stage presentation, iPhone-friendly filmmaker Sean Baker (Tangerine, The Florida Project) came out with Christopher Cohen, CTO of Filmic Pro, to show how an upcoming version of the Filmic Pro app, due later this year, will allow users to record 4K video from multiple cameras at the same time. (Read our review of the incredibly handy Filmic Pro.) This will allow users to capture a wide shot and a close-up simultaneously from a single iPhone, opening up later options in the edit, or to use one of the rear cameras in conjunction with the iPhone’s front-facing camera to capture both sides of a conversation in real-time for the inevitable shot/reverse shot edit.
Speaking of that front camera, it gets a significant quality boost in this release, notably adding the ability to shoot front-facing video in 4K and at up to 120 fps for slow-motion playback.
Pricing starts at $999 for the iPhone 11 Pro with 64 GB of RAM, or at $1,099 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The new devices are set to ship on September 20.