I've been experimenting with the rise of the smartphones. I want to see whether the iPhones are catching up with the DSLR cameras. This is a DSLR vs iPhones ...

Comment by Brandon Ayers on October 29, 2018 at 11:35am
Thanks for that. You misspelled speak at the end by the way. :P I have a DSLR and just haven't even attempted to test my iPhone. I see it's pointless for me. cheers.
Comment by StopmoNick on October 30, 2018 at 7:30pm

I tested an older iPad with Stop Motion Studio, not because I wanted to replace my dslr (Canon 7d) but just to see if it work as a learning tool.  And it does, it does the essentials like show you the frames you've taken and compare to the live view.  My old iPad 3rd gen had a fairly grainy image, since it was using gain to brighten up the video view.  I normally take long exposures with the DSLR, which you can do if you are shooting stills, so my light levels were not designed for video which has only a part of the 1/25th (or 1/30th) of a second to gather the light.  I boosted the light a bit, but the iPad video camera does best outdoors in daylight, which is much brighter.

Since most people already have a smartphone or tablet, it's a no-cost option to try out stop motion.  You can improve your timing and animation in general just as well with a smartphone app.  But it is not the clean uncompressed still images you get with a dslr, or the choice of lenses for different effects, so I wouldn't use it for anything that mattered a lot. 

I haven't yet tried it with the iPhone SE or later iPad, which may be less grainy.    That was a good idea, setting them all up to capture the same animation, under the same light, at the same time.  I wondered what all the faffing about with the cardboard box was in aid of, 2 minutes in and all I knew was that you were going to compare an iPhone with a dslr, which could have been covered in the first 6 seconds.  Then, the reveal, it made sense!

Comment by Peter Ellis on October 31, 2018 at 9:44am

Hey guys, Yeh sorry Brandon. In a rush finishing the video and uploaded without checking my sausage fingers had written it wrong. It was a good experiment to see. Nick I have seen your experiments with your iPad and I understand where you're coming from. It's for those instances when you're sat in a coffee shop and some inspiration springs into your mind. Why not get that iPhone/Smartphone and capture it there and then. It keeps us being spontaneous. Nick I get what you're saying with the filming. If you've seen my videos i'm trying to appeal to a wider audience and the filming techniques and styles that are being used at present. My channel is kind of a vlog with Stop Motion elements. I'm trying to keep stop motion current. 

Comment by Ro the Cat on October 31, 2018 at 1:22pm

Would be nice if Stop Motion Studio would have same options/buttons for Android as it has for apple.  It misses zoom and manual camera settings (wb and such, it's just lock or auto) on Android right now (both free and $ versions).

Comment by Peter Ellis on October 31, 2018 at 2:00pm

Oh dear. Yeh that’s not too clever. I wonder why? Can’t imagine it being that hard to have the same features on both platforms? Very odd. I hope you’re liking my videos? I’m just trying to keep Stop Motion alive. Check out my new website for news etc www.myanimatedlife.co.uk

Comment by Brandon Ayers on October 31, 2018 at 2:49pm
I've only seen a couple but have subscribed. Need to go through them. Thanks for taking the time to make and share these.
Comment by Ro the Cat on October 31, 2018 at 8:41pm

Thank you for the website link, Peter Ellis!

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