So you want to shoot HD video and are considering purchasing new equipment? Perhaps a DSLR with video capability? A Go-Pro? Sony Handheld camcorder? My advice is to not waste your time or money, unless you like buying gadgets for the pride of ownership. If you are going to upload your video to a place like YouTube, then uploading from your phone is sooo much easier than downloading onto a computer and then reuploading. Total waste of time and money.
If you have a modern smartphone, there is no need to purchase additional equipment to upload internet video or even playing full HD video on your HDTV! For example, your Samsumg Galaxy S3 comes with a 8 mp video camera that shoots at full HD. Instead of purchasing new equipment, just accessorize your phone. Yes fellas, ladies aren’t the only ones who can accessorize. Below are my step by step instructions on how bling bling your smartphone up to a fully functioning video camcorder for under $120. The best part is that you will be able to instantly upload your movies while the other suckers have to download and then re-upload. You are already feeling smarter than the average bear aren’t you?
What you will need
The following items are what you will need and can be purchased from your local camera shop like Sammy’s Camera or online like Amazon.com. My goal was to select the lower priced components to keep cost down, although you could upgrade any single component. I splurged on the microphone for example.
This set up works with any modern smartphone like a Galaxy S3 or iPhone. The newest phones have impressive cameras, so if you are shopping around for a new smartphone, look for one with the biggest camera Mega Pixels.
The first thing you need is a rig that will support all your camera accessories. I went with a U-Rig, it is called this because it is shaped like a U. For about $15, you will have a frame with at least 3 shoes, a screw base to support the smart pone and a slot for a tri-pod. Take a look at mine. The version I purchased has an extra shoe for future accessories. I purchased this from the Sammy’s camera shop for $10.
This is a simple universal adapter that creates a friction lock on your smart phone to keep it stable on the rig. Snap your phone into the adapter and then screw it into the rig. http://amzn.com/B005NG8SZK
Cell phones do not shoot good video in the dark… at all. You will need to purchase an inexpensive LED light to mount on the rig . Unless you have extra cash or have other uses for the LED, my advice is to start with a cheap $40 LED light that has a foot that will attach to the rig’s shoe. The version I purchased only has an on/off setting and comes with 3 colored “Gels” to dim or adjust for lighting. The nicer LEDs have dimmers and on board color adjustments. http://amzn.com/B004TJ6JH6
Cell phone have crappy microphones, so you will need to accessorize with a better microphone First determine if you are going to use a handheld microphone like Ron Burgundy or use a condenser microphone. The condenser microphone is like a rifle it hones in on one area to capture high-quality sound. There is one issue, it is comparability of ports! Let me get into this issue in a few minutes. If you are going for a hand-held microphone, I recommend the Audio-Technica PRO 24-CM Stereo Condenser Microphone. It has been tested to work on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iphone 4. http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wired_mics/5f7e96b21f21e6b3/
Memory Card and Spare Batteries
You may want to consider upgrading your phone’s memory card to at least a 32 gig card if you are going to shoot long video. I purchased a 64-gig card so you don’t have to worry about running of space. I also recommend picking up a couple spare batteries, you might find both of these upgrades useful to your phone as a standard smartphone.