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Smartphone recommendations

The best options for the filmer on the go

On this page you find our recommendations for smartphones with the best cameras at different price points. At the top of the page are the smartphones that will produce the absolute best of the best footage at the moment. Underneath, you find our recommendations for smartphones with slightly less advanced cameras and software, that are a bit cheaper, but still produce great quality footage.

This page is updated regularly, so you'll always find our latest recommendations here.

Our top recommendations

The best cameras that fit in your pocket

iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Pro Max provides you with a consistently great quality image. It also does a lot of the work for you, meaning you don’t have to bother with difficult settings and specifications. The user interface is incredibly easy to use. It even comes with ‘cinematic mode’, meaning you’ll have sleek-looking footage, and you can even adjust things such as the focus after you’re done recording.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max has a built-in stabiliser, multiple lenses, and creates a good quality picture no matter how dark or light it is. To top it off, you can shoot slow mo videos with 120-240 frames per second, plus it has great battery life.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has multiple convenient modes for filming, with presets which ensure optimal picture quality in every scenario. Such as portrait video mode, or pro mode for video. A unique feature is the ‘Director’s View’, in which you can record with both your front and your back camera at the same time. Ideal for vloggers!

The phone also has multiple features that help stabilise your footage. And it has a zoom lens so you can shoot video from further away, without loss of quality.

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Google Pixel 6 Pro

The Google Pixel 6 Pro will actively help you shoot better footage. With its advanced software, it gives you pop ups on screen with advice, such as ‘tilt your phone,’ ‘use this mode’ or ‘hold still’. It will also automatically fix common oversights to improve your footage.

The microphone stands out as well; thanks to Google’s advanced software, this phone can remove wind noise from audio as it’s recording (which is mindblowing!). It also has a rather big sensor, meaning less noise in your images, and it has track focus, keeping your subject in focus at all times.

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Other recommendations

Good camera quality on a smaller budget

iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 13 Pro

These iPhones have fewer features than their 13 Pro Max kin, but still use the same intelligent software to create great image quality in any situation. They still shoot great quality footage - even in the dark-, have multiple lenses you can easily switch between, and still stabilise your footage. A great option at a slightly lower price point.

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Samsung Note 20 / Samsung Galaxy 20 & 21

These phones are close in comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The zoom lens zooms in slightly less far (but still quite far), and it doesn’t shoot 8K footage. It has a slightly smaller sensor, meaning there is a bit more noise in your picture, but the image quality in general is still great. These phones shoot 4K footage (a very high resolution), and have great stabilisation for your recordings. Overall they produce great footage, just with less fancy features.

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Recommended for camera enthusiasts

Great quality cameras for the tech-savvy

Sony Xperia 1 II / Sony Xperia 1 III

These phones have the same technology as the professional Sony cameras. Think of features such as 480 autofocus points, focus tracking, and even a dedicated record button on the phone. So why are these not at the top of our list of recommendations?

The software and the interface are not user-friendly at all. You have to know how to set your setting. If you don't, your footage will look terrible. So, if you’re into cameras, know how to operate them, and are looking for a cinematic camera that fits in your pocket, these phones are for you! Otherwise, we recommend you pick a different phone from the list on this page.

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Is your phone not listed on this page, or are these phones not available to you? No worries! Check out our blog post on filming with affordable smartphones here.