There’s been an explosion in recent years of professional filmmakers turning to smartphones, with ad campaigns, music videos and even cinematic releases shot on everyday devices. Steven Soderberg (Ocean’s Eleven) did two movies shot entirely on the phone and, frankly, if it’s good enough for him, it should be good enough for us.
We’ve all imagined the next great author at some point. It starts with a particularly well-framed video of your best friend’s wedding, or a gripping action shot of your eight-year-old nephew delivering a glorious free kick. Before you know it, you’re studying angles and lining up shots, trying to figure out how to elevate your footage from bog-standard to amateur-A24. The answer, nine times out of 10, is to replace your tired old phone with a phone with pro-level camera technology – that’s where the new Honor Magic4 Pro comes in.
Three is the magic number
There’s a chemistry to capturing great images – beautiful light, thoughtful composition, captivating subject matter. But fundamentally, none of this matters without the right kit. The Magic4 Pro pushes the boundaries of smartphone photography with a powerful triple camera system, including a 50-megapixel wide camera, a 50-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 64-megapixel periscope telephoto lens.
What does it all mean though, we hear you ask. Basically, each camera works separately to capture different focal lengths – the wide camera works for portraits and simple close-ups, the ultra-wide brings in more of the scene, while the telephoto lens lets you closer to distant objects (giving you 3.5x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom). The three also work together for something called ultra-fusion computational photography, which simply put uses all three camera sensors to deliver more detailed images, improving sharpness and clarity by up to 160%.
4K for days
The Magic4 Pro is the first phone to feature Log 4K 10-bit video recording at 60 fps (frames per second) – great news for budding filmmakers. This means it can capture professional quality footage – the Log format being commonly used on large film shoots – delivering powerful and dynamic movies whether for work or play. All the software you need to edit videos is right on the phone, allowing Christopher Nolans to produce his own mini masterpieces with just a few clicks. Thanks to smart technology, the Magic4 Pro can also capture high-quality still images while shooting video, unlike typical smartphones, which are limited by low video recording quality.
Honor even shot its latest campaign using Magic4 Pro exclusively, with filmmaker Jack Howard at the helm. Here is an overview:
The best viewfinder in the world
There wouldn’t be much point in a device capable of shooting top-notch video if it didn’t have a display to match. Luckily, the Magic4 Pro comes with a large 6.81-inch screen that can display up to 1.07 billion colors for more realistic images. With the latest high dynamic range (HDR10+) technology, videos appear punchier and with more depth, while the display technology also works to minimize eye strain, handy for long shooting and editing sessions .
With a ridiculous arsenal of tech, including a powerful 8-core chipset, ultra-large battery with super-fast wired and wireless charging, facial recognition camera, and directional audio, you’d expect the Magic4 Pro be some kind of beast. Presumably, Honor took inspiration from TARDIS technology to wrap it all up, as it’s actually a sleek little number. The quad-curved screen and ultra-thin bezels mean it’s comfortable in the hand and the display is indeed the design – no bells, no whistles.
On the back, the triple-camera system is laid out in a striking circular design that Honor calls “the eye of the muse”. Avoiding the protruding camera bump that plagues modern smartphone design, the Magic4 Pro slips neatly and discreetly into the pocket, ready to be pulled out as quickly as you can say, “Lights, camera, action!”
Watch Honor’s latest campaign, The Pick Up, shot on the Magic4 Pro:
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