Can You Really Shoot a Movie on an iPhone?

The most popular digital movie camera is undoubtedly the Arri Alexa. So, how does the latest Arri Alexa model look in comparison to the latest Apple iPhone model? Let’s weigh their specs, consider their respective pros and cons, and compare which popular movies have been shot with which digital method.

iPhone Camera

First Released: January 2007 Latest Release: iPhone 14 Pro Max Resolution: 4K Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 1:1, 16:9 Sensor: 48MP Main sensor with second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization

Arri Alexa

First Released: April 2010 Latest Release: Arri Alexa 35 Resolution: 4.6K Aspect Ratio: 3:2, 16:9 Sensor: Super 35 format ARRI ALEV 4 CMOS sensor with Bayer pattern color filter array

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, 128GB, Sierra Blue - Unlocked (Renewed)

– 6.7" Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion. 5G Superfast downloads, high?quality streaming

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iPhone Pros and Cons

Pros: Cheaper than an Arri Alexa, 4K camera quality with adjustable aspect ratios and frame rates, If you already own one, there’s no need to buy one to make a movie Cons: Built-in auto-focus and stabilizer can look amateurish, iPhone video quality can look jarringly sharp

Arri Alexa Pros and Cons

Pros: Professional quality digital cinematography, Used and trusted by the biggest and best filmmakers, Made specifically for filmmaking Cons: Astronomically more expensive than an iPhone, Several Alexas can only be rented, not owned

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