Best iPhone Camera Apps – How to Film with iPhone!

– Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. If you’ve ever searched in the
App Store on your iPhone for camera apps, apps to help you
get better control over your videos and create better
videos on your iPhone, then you’ll know that there are way
too many options out there. Now, while there are some okay
or pretty good free options, there are some really,
really good paid options that are definitely worth considering. My initial list for this video was over 14 camera apps,
which was too many, so I’ve narrowed it down to four. So in this video, I’m gonna
cover my top four camera apps on iPhone, and I’m also
gonna reveal what I feel is the best camera app as well. (upbeat electronic music) Now, before we jump into it, why should you be using
a third-party camera app, or an aftermarket camera
app, to record your videos, instead of just using the built-in one. Well, the main reason is the level of control that you’ll get. These apps will all give
you full manual control over your video creation, so
you’d be able to lock down things like your ISO, your shutter speed, you’ll be able to
monitor your audio levels and adjust your audio settings, so you’ll have way more
control over your videos and over how the video looks and sounds with a third-party camera
app versus the built-in one. Now, the first app on the
list here is MoviePro, and it sells for $5.99 Australian. Now, this is a great app
that’s really easy to use, and it gives you quick access
to all the key settings that you’ll need to get full
manual control over your shot. MoviePro also easily integrates
with external hardware like external lenses, and
it gives you full control over your audio input, not
only on your volumes for your external audio but also around
the input devices themselves, so if you’ve got a headset plugged in that also has a microphone,
but you don’t wanna use that microphone, then you
can manually override that, even though it’s plugged
into your phone, to use a Bluetooth microphone or
even the in-built microphone on your phone, so that’s pretty powerful. I also like that you can
easily back up your files or send your files direct to
Dropbox from within the app. Now onto number two, which is Pro Shot, and it also sells for $5.99 Australian. While ProShot gives you all
the same manual settings that you need to get full
control over your shot, it’s the interface on this one that makes it really stand out. It’s so easy to use. It’s really, really well
laid out, and it definitely mimics DSLR cameras, or
what you would be used to when using a professional camera. It also has the ability
to easily save and to open presets for different filming or different shooting environments. I also really like the control you have over your white balance in this shot. It really mimics a proper
camera, giving you presets for your white balance,
things like daylight, indoors, incandescent
lights, but also it gives you the ability to set a Kelvin
or a color temp rating or number for your scene as well. And the third app is Kinomatic, and that also sells for $5.99. A pretty popular price point. Once again, this app
has full manual controls over everything, the interface
is good and it’s easy to use, but it’s probably not
as logically laid out, at least for me, anyway, as ProShot, but one of the features that this app has that none of the others have
is the easily accessible built-in templates for
filming that are set for things like broadcast
in 30 frames per second, broadcast 25 frames per second. There’s a filmmaker preset and a YouTube video preset as well. So it’s pretty handy to have
those quickly accessible, but at the same time, all
of these camera apps are manual camera apps,
meaning that you could set those presets yourself
using the settings manually. And onto number four, which is FiLMiC Pro, which sells for $14.99 Australian. Now, FiLMiC Pro is
probably the most popular out of all of these. It’s been around the longest, it was actually one of the pioneers for creating apps that give
you this level of control over your smartphone cameras. There’s actually been quite a few films and documentaries that
have been shot on iPhones and Android devices using FiLMiC Pro. So, it’s a pretty powerful app. So once again, this app
gives you full control over your iPhone camera. It also lets you adjust things like the bitrate and the
quality of the video files that you’re creating,
and it gives you built-in access and control to external lenses and even things like the
DJI Osmo Mobile, built in. Now, while it does have the
ability to set up presets and to save presets of
all your settings, in my personal experience, it doesn’t
seem to save everything. You can go through and set up a preset, but then if you knock the home button and then open the app
again, you’ll find that, even after loading your
preset, not everything is where you left it, so
it’s a little strange, but probably something they could work on. So in regards to configuration
and to overall monitoring and metering of your video
while you’re producing it, so things like your video
meters and your audio meters, to make sure that everything
is exactly how you want it, then FiLMiC Pro is the standout by far. So those are my top
four camera apps on iOS. Now, if I have to pick one,
I’d actually probably pick two. I could narrow those four down to two. My top two would be ProShot and FiLMiC Pro. Now, I really like the
interface and the simplicity but the level of control that you get on ProShot, but FiLMiC Pro
has the most amount of control over all of the apps, but
it can be overwhelming digging through all the
menus to find the settings, and obviously not having all
the settings saved for you all the time is a bit of a pain as well. So those then are my top
two camera apps on iOS, and really, the one that
I’m going to be using most of the time is ProShot. If you’ve found this video helpful, we’d really appreciate a
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you’re looking for that one, and also, if you’re looking
to improve your iPhone videos, then check out the other
video onscreen as well. I’ll see you soon.

69 Replies to “Best iPhone Camera Apps – How to Film with iPhone!

  1. Can you talk about bit rates? Always use the highest or is there a point of diminishing returns? (50 vs 75 vs 100+ mbps)?

    Filmic Pro is in beta for a redesigned version with a log profile!

    I really don't know why most of these don't let you turn off audio recording.

  2. LOved this video. I just bought Filmic pro and have had the same experience with wonky ability to same your presets. I also have had some weirdness whine trying to set the exposure point and even the focus. It is also a bitch to get the videos into your computer sometimes. Other than that it is the most advanced. (Haha). Thanks and keep making these , they are great! You made another that actually really captured my "issues" so top speak about procrastinating in making videos until everything was perfect. That's me 100%, unfortunately. But it confirmed the issue and now I'm just gonna "do it" as Nike says. Thanks very much.

  3. Good comparisons. I like the way you hit on the pros and cons. You also did a more recent review on FilMicPro. I'm thinking of buying it to resolve a problem with color I'm having with my iPhone 6 but I'm not sure if it will help. Hoping you or someone in the know can answer my question/comment left there. Thanks a bunch and keep these awesome vids coming!

  4. When you record with these apps can you switch from your back camera to your front camera without stopping the recording

  5. is proshot suppose to have no audio for video recording? I have the app and there's no audio in my videos, and I wasn't sure if it's suppose to be like that

  6. Great video man, do you have for screen recorder that record like video games in ipad? Thanks🤘

  7. Thanks a lot! Feel really stressed on which app to buy for my trip..ok so ProShoot over MoviePro? I want easy usability and UI, just wanna plug and play, add the settings and let it just shoot. 🙂
    So, ProShoot for that rather than MoviePro? I thought the video frames (basic, pro etc) were kind of mezzy and too many preference options to me .. And yeah, I'd like to do 16:9 mostly I think or would you suggest 21:9 ? 🙂 Cheers!!

  8. Hi Justin! Definitely an extremely helpful video. Not a lot of comparisons on these film apps for the iPhone.

    I'm wondering – have you tried ProCamera. or ProCam 5 during your research into these camera apps? Within your list I'm leaning toward ProShot, but I'm curious how those other two compare since they rank so high in the App Store. Thanks!!

  9. Can you think of any reason my SennMKE400 with a Trs to TRRS converter would not work with my iPhone 6S+? The phone just will not recognize the mic. Any help is appreciated!

  10. Justin. Which app is comparable to Andriod's Open Camera? Specifically, in regards to file size limitation, or are there any file size limitations? In Open Camera, I can set high record settings and splice the video files into on large file. I want to be able to do the same on my iPad. Suggestions?

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