HDhat‘s initial testing of the Iphone 4 has revealed that it is a great choice for a real estate video tour camera, however certain minor and simple modifications will be necessary.
1) The Iphone 4 will need a wide angle lens.
HDhat.com has tested a very inexpensinve .45x wide angle lens on the Iphone 4 with great success. We will publish the modification method here on TechSavvyAgent.com and our Blog soon.
2) The Iphone 4 will benefit greatly from a simple stabilizer system which will also be quite simple to accommodate.
Neither the wide angle modification or stabilizer will require the Iphone to be modified or touched in anyway.
3) There are also other benefits that derive from the addition of a wide angle lens to the Iphone 4 both in video capture and editing.
For instance the addition of a quality wide angle lens to the Iphone 4 produces a big difference in the contrast ratio, the saturation, white balance and stability. So be sure to watch for our upcoming post titled “How to modify your Iphone 4 with a wide angle lens – a simple, inexpensive modification to dramatically improve your Iphones video capture“.
Some important notes about the videos below.
*All the videos below have been “stabilized and smoothed” in the HDhat.com editing process. So the finished product you see here is much smoother than the raw footage from the cameras.
*We did not brighten or tweak the colors in any of the videos during the editing process.
*We did change camera settings on the higher end Sony HX-1 so that we were able to capture nice bright video.
*The Iphone 4, because of its lightweight and small size, was the most difficult to capture stable real estate video tours. A simple stabilizing system will eliminate this and allow for capture that will compare and rival many higher end video cameras.
*The Sony HX-1 which is the highest priced of the 3 captured the best and most stable footage.
*The Kodak Zi8 captured considerably darker footage and adjusted to changing light conditions slower than the Iphone and the HX-1
*The addition of a wide angle lens and a simple stabilizing system will allow the Iphone 4 to outperform the Kodak Zi8 and in some cases produce results comparable to much higher end cameras.
NOW LETS GET ON TO THE VIDEOS TO COMPARE………
Iphone 4 with no wide angle lens
Kodak Zi8 with a .5x wide angle lens
Sony HX-1 with a .45x wide angle lens
Lens available in the HDHat.com Store
Originally Posted at: Iphone 4 Real Estate Video Sample – HDHat.com