There’s little doubt that Apple has poured a lot of its resources into developing the iPhone 15 Pro series’ camera capabilities, giving users a more refined and technical mobile photography experience in the palm of their hand. As far as flagship devices are concerned, it’s certainly up there with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and Pixel 7 Pro to name a couple, and it can certainly hold its own against the competition.
Inside the iPhone 15 Pro Max is a formidable set of hardware, and Apple even says that the phone essentially packs seven different camera lenses into a single device. Going over its cameras, the 15 Pro Max comes with the following:
- 48-megapixel main sensor, 24mm f/1.78-aperture lens, 2.44µm quad pixels, Dual-Pixel autofocus, optical image stabilisation
- 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, 13mm f/2.2-aperture lens, Dual-Pixel autofocus
- 12-megapixel 5x telephoto camera, 120 mm f/2.8-aperture lens, 1.12µm pixels, Dual-Pixel autofocus
- 12-megapixel front-facing camera, 23mm f/1.9 lens, optical image stabilisation
With that being said however, there’s a good chance that you might want to use your 15 Pro Max for more serious photography and videography, in which case there’s a ton of gear out there that you can use to upgrade your mobile imaging experience. We’ve put together a quick list of must-have products that you can use to boost your production efforts – let’s take a look!
While the iPhone 15 Pro comes with built-in video stabilization, using a gimbal for video capture is still a great way to ensure that your footage remains safe from shakes and whatnot. As such, you might want to go with a third-party solution from DJI.
DJI’s expertise in developing photography and videography gear for creators is tried and tested, and its OSMO Mobile 6 Gimbal is a must-have accessory for creators who primarily film using their smartphones. The OSMO Mobile 6 comes with 3-axis stabilization, ActiveTrack 6.0 that allows it to track moving subjects, an easy-to-use design that lets you set up the gimbal by simply attaching your phone and even built-in buttons for full control.
One thing that sets apart the iPhone 15 Pro series from other smartphones is its ability to shoot Log video. Simply put, Log video LOG is a video format that’s processed in the camera, unlike more traditional RAW footage which is usually unprocessed. Additionally, certain components of Log footage such as exposure, white balance, and such are made part of the video.
Shooting Log videos also require a ton of storage space, so unless you’re repping the 1TB version of the 15 Pro Max, you might find yourself running out of space faster than expected. With that in mind, we’d recommend investing in extra storage space, like the Samsung T7 portable SSD. Thanks to the 15 Pro Max’s newly-added USB-C compatibility, you can offload files into the T7 easily, and it can even store up to 1TB of files inside.
If you’re just starting out as a content creator and have decided to go with the iPhone 15 Pro Max, then you might be thinking of filming your content at home, or at your personal workspace or desktop. In that case, a mini tripod might be ideal for quick videos since they are often easy to setup, up and often come with a detachable clamp where you can fix your phone in place.
As such, Manfrotto’s Mini Tripod is an ideal choice, thanks to an adjustable ball joint that gives you extra flexibility when positioning your phone for recording sessions. The mini tripod also features a rather sturdy design, and you can even fold up the legs for a handheld filming approach.
Not satisfied with the default lenses built into the 15 Pro Max? Then you might wanna check out Moment’s wide selection of attachable camera lenses. Built to work with Moment’s own phone cases, the lenses come in several different configurations including telephoto, anamorphic, macro, wide, and even fisheye lenses. Moment also offers different styles of ND filters, which can be easily fitted onto the case as well.
While the iPhone 15 Pro Max comes with a microphone for video and audio recording purposes (in addition to making phone calls), content creators can still stand to benefit from using a dedicated mic setup with their phones, and as such there are a ton of options from different brands available online.
In particular, though, we have to hand it to the AnkerWork M650, a wireless lav mic that works with both computers as well as smartphones, including the new iPhones. The M650 is a complete kit that features a receiver that can be configured to work with your phone, and a clip-on mic that’s discreet in design and doesn’t stick out when in use. The mic is completely wireless, meaning that you won’t be wasting your time fiddling around with wires and cables.
Will you be using your new iPhone 15 Pro Max for videography? Let us know what gear you’re planning on getting with your new phone!