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It’s Amazing What Smartphones Are Capable Of Nowadays

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Year after year a multitude of high end smartphones armed to the teeth, or in this case to the bezel, are getting released almost every other week. With every release there is constant reference to this latest one being better than the previous one and/or its competition. And true to that regard these smartphones HAVE come a long way.

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Early May we covered the Zimswitch Payments Conference at Victoria Falls and during our time there I couldn’t resist but visit a couple of the sights. This included a trip to the Victoria falls and the plan was to use a DSLR professional camera to take photos of the falls as well as me and my buddies.

Before we could get anywhere I had to pack up the professional camera because, well things were getting a bit too moist. But in my pocket was an LG G6 with an IP 68 water resistance rating. They say it can dive up to 1.5m of water and stay for an hour and come out totally fine. Time to test it out. Below is a video of Victoria Falls at its peak filmed entirely on an LG G6 in 4K Ultra HD.

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Bear in mind I had no special rigs or any of that sort to stabilize this video. It was all taken care of by the smartphone’s built in Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The LG G6 I used to film this video is just an example of how capable these smartphones are now given they fall into the hands of a user that can actually extract their full potential.

Hope you enjoyed the video. If you have any places in Zimbabwe that you think deserve to be filmed in crisp 4K just tell us in the comments.

Oh and yes. Its very water resistant if you guys were wondering…


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11 thoughts on “It’s Amazing What Smartphones Are Capable Of Nowadays

  1. And no one seemed to care you have an Lg G6 phone if you said you have a Redhydrogen phone worth $1500 in the US without addons or modular snap on 360degree camera , that would have been worth writting about thanks for wasting our grey matter and banewidth

    1. How many people can afford an experimental $1500 dollar phone though? However rest assured if i can get my hands on it i would live to see if $1000 better than a G6

      1. This article was a waste you should of talked of the first smartphones from Nokia symbian system, Blackberry and Palm portables and either way most $250 budget phone can do 4k and have zero breazles or eadges on then plus 3gig ram

        1. Sorry you didn’t view it in the light that I intended to. I really don’t believe it was a waste considering its showcasing an example of how far smartphone camera technology has come.

      2. This article was a waste you should of talked of the first smartphones from Nokia symbian system, Blackberry and Palm portables and how much both hardware and software have changed over the years either way most $250 budget phone can do 4k and have zero breazles or eadges on then plus 3gig ram

        1. In my opinion your comment was a waste, it’s poorly written irrelevant and a waste of time

      3. This article was a waste you should of talked of the first smartphones from Nokia symbian system, Blackberry and Palm portables and how much both hardware and software have changed over the years either way most $250 budget phone can do 4k and have zero breazles or eadges on then plus 3gig ram.

  2. I am a fan of smartphone photography and the video came out fairly well. It could do better with better lighting though. My biggest let down is sound. Looks like the recording is mono and most high end smartphones (iPhone included) are hanging onto mono recording. I am not a sound expert but scaling up mono sound to 5:1 surround is tricky. 4K video needs surround sound not mono!

    1. Sound is actually stereo. Its just too loud to pick it out. During the wet shoots some water went over the mics which did mess with the sound a bit.

  3. A far cry from what a dedicated camera is capable of, let alone the latest high end ones. Since we are looking at high end devices too.

  4. Of all the videos of Victoria Falls I’ve seen in my life, including those from nature channels, this is the one that has made me genuinely want to visit the place.
    Not sure why. Maybe it’s the raw sound and anthemic music. Or maybe the regular person’s perspective rather than the helicopter and drone views we usually get. The editing was good too.
    Oh. And the LG something something phone. I think it’s cool too.

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