Go mobile. If I am not mistaken, this is the direction we are heading. It has often been said, the best camera to have is the one you carry around with you and for most people that is the camera in their smartphone, phablet or tablet.
In terms of megapixels, most smartphone rear cameras are around 8/12 megapixels or in some cases much higher like the Motorola Moto 21MB with 4K video recording and there are other makes in double digit megabits and higher. This is ample resolution to get a decent print from and record HD 1920×1080 video.
Even lenses on these smartphones are getting better with some smartphones boasting duel lenses. As well as camera resolution, smartphones now have faster processors and more internal memory making it a lot easier if you are shooting video. Also, there are a lot of third party providers selling lenses and accessories for these phones and tablets plus software apps to give your video the film look.
Professional photographers and film makers are shooting on these devices. For example, the original Bentley tv commercial was shot on the iPhone 5s and edited on the iPad Air.
The small form factor, weight and ease of use are often cited as the reason to use these smartphones and knowing that the picture resolution can match that of some DSLR’s.
I for one have taken up the challenge to go mobile and shoot and edit video on my iPad having been an early advocate of the Sony PD150 video camera, a compact professional video tape camera which was a game changer at the time before the HD and the HD DSLR revolution.
My choice of an iPad was primarily because I did not have a smartphone when I started, only an iPad and I already had a few accessories which fitted my size tablet so I decided to stay with what I had.
I now shoot on 2 iPads for speed and convenience when shooting interviews. Below is an example of a 2 camera shoot of an interview, one programme in a series about artistes and creatives living and working in Koh Samui Thailand.