The rise of the iPhone is a benchmark to how video and photos are taken today. You see that some of Apple’s commercials are filmed solely on iPhones. Even a film called  “Tangerine” was filmed on an iPhone 5S, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

The mobile revolution isn’t only happening in the film industry, but also in smaller markets. You can see everyone producing beautiful photos with their phones using Instagram, VSCO, and GoPros. It was only a matter of time before people started shooting full feature films on their phones/tablets.

Even iconic filmmakers like Philip Bloom and Vincet Laforet curated a Vimeo Channel solely dedicated to mobile cinema films. It features international videos shot only on mobile devices. Here’s one of them:

Moments in Europe – Shot on iPhone 6 from Miguel Endara on Vimeo.

Tokyo – iPhone 6 Plus 240FPS from Joshua Cowan on Vimeo.

The nature of videography has changed for mobile devices in that two key features were relatively out of reach years ago.


This feature is great and easy to use on most devices. The only downside to time-lapses is that you cannot adjust the intervals on most mobile devices. Apple uses “dynamically selected intervals” which creates the time-lapse based on how long the time-lapse was shot for.


Most devices will allow for video to be shot at 240fps at 720p. When you choose to shoot at 240fps, you can change the speed multiple ways without losing much details when posted on Youtube or Vimeo.

Even if most DSLRs have these two features, technology has advanced. Before, you needed an external intervalometer and could not shoot 60fps unless you hacked the Canon 5D Mark II. Given the progress made in mobile videography, it’s no wonder we’re seeing full-fledged films coming from mobile devices.

And now we can’t help wonder, will some filmmakers even need professional cameras?

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