Basic Rules for Shooting High-Quality Videos on a Smartphone

The smartphone camera quality keeps improving with every new release, to the extent of blurring the lines between videos taken with a professional camera and those recorded with a smartphone. Even the iPhone 8 has 4K 60fps video recording feature, which is available on only a few professional cameras.

From video blogging to capturing viral content and recording for social media platforms, the role of the smartphone camera in our everyday lives has drastically increased.

Nowadays many people use a high-end smartphone, but few people know how the camera works. To this extent, we’ve taken the liberty of providing several basic tips for recording high-quality videos on your smartphone.

  • Choosing the right orientation

Perhaps the most basic of all rules in video recording is “Record horizontally on landscape orientation.” You will always get better video quality when recording horizontally than in any other orientation.

Playing vertically recorded videos on larger displays e.g. TVs and computers, you notice that the video is limited to only a small portion of the TV in the center, unlike horizontally recorded videos that fill up every screen.

  • Set resolution to its maximum before shooting

Most smartphone video settings select the medium video resolution by default and not the maximum. The extra pixels translate to better detail when shooting at maximum resolution directly affects battery life and takes up extra storage space. Nevertheless, you need a high-quality video so you have to set the resolution manually to the max.

  • Stabilizing the Image

Using stabilizers, tripods and camera cages improves video stabilization. When shooting with your hands, the video will be quite distorted and shaky, ruining the experience for potential viewers.

You can also reduce distortion and shaky images by locking your arms to your body and moving your whole body when you need to move while shooting or placing your camera on a table or a chair when shooting on even terrain.

  • Avoid Digital Zooming

Not every smartphone comes with a dual-lens camera or optical zoom lens. It’s a good feature for still images but it is poor when it comes to video recording because it magnifies the middle pixels while reducing the outer ones, resulting in distorted footage. For better video quality, you can disable digital zoom in your camera settings and get close to your subject while shooting.

  • Enabling Anti-Flicker

Setting anti-flicker while shooting video screens e.g. monitors, TV displays and electronic billboards will make the flicker effect that is visible in the resulting footage disappear. Setting anti-flicker can be done manually by choosing a frequency of 50 or 60Hz before shooting

Cleaning the camera lens, keeping the battery charged, and ensuring you have adequate storage space are some other basic rules for shooting high-quality videos on your smartphone. You can view these videos on different monitors and TV displays with friends and professional audiences. See how to playback videos from your smartphone on your TV by visiting Most social media platforms like Instagram, YouTube and Facebook support videos captured with smartphones.

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