The iPhone 13 Pro is everything BUT Cinematic

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro

We got our hands on the new iPhone 13 Pro Max this weekend and took it for a shoot. Cosplayer Luna Black jumped in her Katara outfit from the Avatar and modeled for our film production.

It was stunning to see her in those vibrant blue colors in a wide open field near a lake. We took a bunch of shots on both the RED Digital Cinema camera and the iPhone 13 in the new Cinematic Mode.

iPhone 13 Pro Max rigged on the RED Digital Cinema Camera
iPhone 13 Pro Max rigged on the RED Digital Cinema Camera

Cinematic Mode

The iPhone13 Pro comes with a new ‘Cinematic Mode’ in their camera app. It basically allows you to record video and chose were the focus needs to be in post production. You can even animate a rack focus.

This sounds really cool on paper, but the out of focus areas is nothing more than a blur filter. It doesn’t even look good. But where it gets even worse is on the edges on your subject. The software struggles to get a smooth transition.

iPhone 13 Pro Cinematic Mode Problems
iPhone 13 Pro Cinematic Mode Problems

It was really painful to see the ad video for this new feature. They market this as an amazing Cinema Camera that even ARRI users would bow for. I can tell you this; the iPhone 13 Pro is everything BUT cinematic!

So if you own a RED or an ARRI, don’t worry. Mobile phones are not taking over yet 😋

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