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You know I'm all for using whatever video camera you have, and a lot of times, that means all I have available is my iPhone. And while the iPhone video camera does great automatically, did you know you can adjust the exposure, focus, and even lock your exposure and focus on the iPhone while you're recording a video? (more…)
GoPro vs DSLR vs iPhone is what goes through my head anytime we leave the house to do something fun!
Although I ask myself “which camera should I take” every time we go do something fun as a family, this is also a question that comes up from my readers and viewers. I can never really give a definitive answer because I kinda just use what ever I feel like at the moment!
Recently, we went on a family trip to Dallas, TX and I had all 3 of my main cameras with me: my Canon 70D DSLR camera, which takes great still photos and is what I use for my YouTube videos, and I look my GoPro Hero 5 Black, and of course I had my phone with me which is an iPhone X.
GoPro vs DSLR vs iPhone
If you're interested in the comparison of GoPro footage vs DSLR vs iPhone, be sure to watch my video on YouTube, or watch it tight here in this post.
There are really two sides to this topic: there’s the “which camera to use” question, and the “how am I going to carry the cameras and gear that I need” question. Honestly, I was hesitant to bring my DSLR with me because it is bigger and bulkier than the GoPro, and I probably could get by with my iPhone X.
So I feel like we could answer the GoPro vs DSLR vs iPhone debate with just a little bit of common sense and personal preference, but here’s my take based on taking all 3 cameras and using all three cameras while we were out of town.
Size Difference and Camera Features
There is an obvious size difference in all 3 cameras. The iPhone X fits in my pocket or purse, GoPro fits in my purse (you might even fit it in your pocket), and the DSLR fits in a backpack or hangs off of me using a camera strap. That can get pretty annoying (especially if you forget your camera strap!).
The GoPro is waterproof, but since we weren’t really doing anything in or near water, I didn’t really have to take that into consideration.
So you have to consider the physical weight and bulk of the cameras themselves, and the capabilities and features of the cameras to capture what you’ll be hoping to capture in the environment you’re in. For example, I don’t think I’d ever take a DSLR to an amusement park or anything like that because it's not necessary and not worth the extra weight.
The next thing to think about though is the image quality. These days I think iPhone 6, 7, 8, and X have really great cameras. So to bring a long another camera, I’d have to really think about whether that’s necessary for what I’m shooting.
Anything in like a stage or show setting of any kind in an auditorium – kids concert or dance recital for example – your iPhone is going to run circles around your GoPro, and I wouldn’t bother with a DSLR there personally either.
But while the GoPro and iPhone fit in a purse or pocket, and the DSLR is big and bulky, you just can’t substitute the depth of field and just beautiful image quality of the DSLR.
You'll have to watch the video to see the comparison of all three cameras and how the videos and photos look.
Of course my DSLR doesn’t shoot 4K, and it doesn’t shoot 60 frames per second unless I bring the resolution down to 720 so in that regard, its hard to compare it to a GoPro or even my iPhone.
Why I Like Using my DSLR
Besides the top notch image quality, another thing I really like about using the DSLR is I shoot in manual mode, and changing the ISO and shutter speed is super simple. I don’t even have to look at the camera itself to make those adjustments, I’ve used the camera along enough that it’s like muscle memory.
Why I like Using my iPhone
On the other hand… It's nice to have an iPhone that takes pretty great photos on full automatic mode. I don’t really change anything unless I want to focus on something different or change the exposure.
If you didn’t know, you can tap your screen to focus on something, and slide your finger up or down to adjust exposure. So there’s a little iPhone trick for ya. If you don’t use an iPhone, I don’t know. You’re on your own.
Why I like Using my GoPro
I go for the GoPro anytime we'll be near water (or snow!), anytime I want to be able to wear or mount a camera, and anytime I want to hand a camera to my kids and let them have at it. I've said this before – the GoPro makes a great family camera because it's just about life proof.
So basically, what camera you use depends on so many factors but it comes down to your own personal preference and what you’re trying to accomplish.
I know lots of GoPro users bring their GoPro everywhere and capture everything with it, and it's likely I’ll bring it if I think I’ll need it. I don’t take a TON of photos and videos with my phone unless I’m really trying to capture a lot of stuff.
I will admit though that I tend to leave my DSLR at home because of it’s bulk, but whenever I bring it and actually use it, I’m SO GLAD I DID.
So I think as a personal hack for myself, I should get a backpack that accommodates the DSLR, MacBook Pro, and GoPro stuff a little better, that way I think I’d be more inclined to bring it along more often.
I’m a big fan of using what you have and not getting too caught up in which camera is “best”. I mean honestly, if you’re going to worry about something, worry about learning how to actually USE the camera(s) you have, and focus on capturing the moments. But let me know about your camera habits, what do you carry with you, what do you leave behind? Let me know in the comments and subscribe to my channel before you go!
Kinda Related: If you notice my video footage and screenshots here in this post, they are from Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. We visited The Silos recently, and I wrote about our experience and posted TONS of photos over on my post about whether Magnolia Market lives up to the hype. Check it out right here.
In my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook Group, we had a quick discussion on how we appreciate the “Casey Neistat style” of shooting and editing videos. Usually, my weekly videos are more of the “how-to” variety, but this week I changed things up a bit by doing more of a “vlog” style video… with a how-to twist. (more…)
Last week, I showed you how to use the Quik app that GoPro acquired (it used to be called Replay) that automatically edits video footage from your phone or your GoPro and it does it all right in the mobile app on your phone.
Splice is a little bit different… actually, it's A LOT different because you have complete control over the editing of your footage.
GoPro introduced their new “mobile creative suite” recently, which consists of two apps that they recently acquired. The new GoPro Quik app (formerly called Replay) automatically turns your photos and clips into fully-edited, fun to watch movies with music, transitions, and graphics… all on your iPhone or Android device. (more…)
This is one of my favorite tricks. For some reason, it seems super high tech to non-techy people but you guys: IT. IS. SUPER. SIMPLE. Ladies and Gentlemen, Dropbox is your friend. I promise.
Dropbox is free (totally), and it's easy to install on your Mac or PC and your phone. It's SUPER easy way to share files one your computer and your phone.
It's basically a folder out there in the cloud that no one can access (except for you, unless you share it). I use it every day to send files from my computer to my iPhone, and from my iPhone back to my computer.
Why do it with Dropbox?
The normal way to access iPhone photos and videos on your computer is through iPhoto. And I really really do not like iPhoto. It's slow, and clunky, and it's just bad. I avoid opening that program on my Mac at all costs.
If you go that route, iOS' photo stream functions is great! But if you're like me and hate iPhoto, then Dropbox is a sweet solution for shooting family videos on your iPhone, and getting them to your computer to edit.