With the release of iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a ton of new video shooting features are now available to iPhonographers including Time-lapse mode, 240-fps Slow-mo mode, 60-fps HD capture, and Cinematic Video Stabilization. Apple demoed some of these video shooting features earlier this month at the September event, and the iPhone 6 camera microsite includes sample videos of each mode.
With Apple selling over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets from pre-sales and launch weekend, we’re likely to see a more and more incredible videos shot on Apple’s new devices, and below we’ve put together a collection of some of the best videos shot in each mode from early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus adopters.
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Apple introduced Slow-mo video capturing in 2013 with the release of the iPhone 5s which shot 120-fps at 720p. The new shooters on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now doubles the frames-per-second to 240 making Slow-mo mode videos even more dramatic (iPhone 6 users can toggle between 120-fps and 240-fps from the Camera app in Slow-mo mode). Both settings allow you to set which parts of the video play normally and which part is broken down with slow-motion. Below is a few examples of slow-motion video shot at the higher frame rate on the new iPhone 6.
Time-lapse capturing is a new mode introduced with iOS 8 and available on several devices including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, and more. Think of it as the opposite of Slow-mo. This mode is meant for capturing scenes over a lengthy period of time and for playing back in a ultrafast video clip. You can capture any scene with Time-lapse mode but scenes like sunrises and flowers opening work best for seeing the full effect. Ultimately, the key to capturing a good Time-lapse video is focusing on one scene for a lengthy amount of time.
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both have the ability to shoot video in 60 frames-per-second doubling the FPS capture of the previous iPhone 5s camera. Shooting in 60-fps is off by default, but you can toggle it on in the Photos & Camera settings in the Settings app on iOS 8. The videos create larger files, of course, so you may only want to opt-in if you have a larger storage device like 64GB or 128GB, but your videos will appear more life-like and less like the movies. Action shots will come off as smoother and subjects will appear sharper when shooting in 60-fps mode.
In addition to the ability to shoot Slow-mo video at 240-fps, Time-lapse videos for capturing long scenes quickly, and capturing 60-fps video at 1080p, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras also feature Continuous autofocus for automatically and intelligently focusing in on the subject of your video as it changes and Cinematic video stabilization for turning fast motion videos into smooth, Steadycam-like shots right from your iPhone.
We’re likely to see a ton more videos shared as more people get their hands on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras, and with tools available for free like the new iMovie and the editing features built-in to the Photos app (not to mention the potential for app extensions), polishing your videos and making professional quality content is easier than ever.
If you’ve got your own favorite videos shot on the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, let us know below and stay tuned for our iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cinematic camera demo!