social media how toIf you could create and manage an entire video blog using nothing other than an iPhone, would you?

If you’re interested in learning how to capture audio, pictures and video with nothing but an iPhone, keep reading.

Multimedia Content With an iPhone?

This is what I’ve been doing with my TalkingWithTom project this year. I’ve been interviewing digital thought leaders and then sharing those video interviews once a week.

And I’m creating the ENTIRE BLOG using just an iPhone.

The best part of the deal is I’ve learned a lot about what an iPhone can and cannot do. Along the way, my iPhone has become one of my favorite blog content creation tools.

In fact, I’m now using it in ways I had never envisioned when I purchased it last year.

In this article I’ll share 5 tips and tricks that will help you use your iPhone for capturing audio, photographs and video.


The new iPhone4 has all-new 8MP camera and optics.

Audio—Your Secret Blogging Weapon

Since inception, the iPhone has come with a fine audio recording tool resident on the phone. Sure, there are lots of additional audio apps, but for a blogger’s needs, the basic Apple Voice Memo app works just fine.

The problem though is with the microphone. It’s just not that good. So my first two tips are about getting better sound.

#1: Small Directional iPhone Microphone

To ensure optimum audio, you need an external mic. For basic audio interviews where your intention is to use the entire iPhone like a microphone and point it at your interviewee while he or she speaks, pick up Brando Mini Directional mic.

This little gem is small, lightweight and perfect for conducting one-on-one interviews at conferences and meet-ups.

mini iphone microphone

With this, you just pop it in, point it in the direction you want to record and go!

You’ll like this mic because it is small enough to comfortably carry in your pocket and then just snap it into to the headphone jack when you’re ready to record. Then just point the mic in the direction of your subject and start recording.

What you’ll get is audio that is much better in terms of volume and clarity. BUT—what I find is that it amps up ALL of the audio. So, while it is directional, you still need a pretty quiet place to record.

#2: Professional Microphone Adapter

If you want to the ability to record higher-quality audio in spaces that generate more noise (conferences/restaurants), you’ll need a professional-grade microphone. The problem is, the iPhone can’t accept regular microphones that use the standard 3.5mm jack.

To solve the iPhone’s microphone incompatibility problem, you’ll need to buy a KV Connection iPhone Microphone Adapter. It will run you about $20. With it, you can attach any microphone (that has a 3.5mm plug) to the iPhone—this includes wireless lavaliere microphones like the one I use for all of my stuff.

iphone microphone adapter

KV connection cable allows you to connect a standard microphone with a 3.5mm connector to the iPhone.

Photographs: Moving Beyond Instagram

Easily the biggest advancement in the iPhone4 was the camera. With the iPhone4, you can actually shoot pretty decent photographs and HD video. But if you really want to kick it up a notch you need a few extra toys.

#3: External iPhone Lenses


External camera lenses for iPhone can transform your standard phone photos into wide, up-close, super-zoomed and wonderfully warped wonders.

Invest in a few iPhone external lenses. I carry this set with me all the time. It contains fish-eye, macro, telephoto and wide-angle lenses.

With these lenses, you can create iPhone pics that don’t look like iPhone pics.

For instance, the wide-angle lens will easily add a few feet of image left and right, creating more of a 16:9 ratio vs. the more standard 4:3 ratio. This can be especially good if you’re shooting outdoor scenes, like for a travel blog or video, and you want a more cinematic effect.

The macro lens is great to shoot really small stuff up close or to create that “blown out background” effect.

And if you want to create some really off-the-charts–looking photos and videos, attach the fish-eye lens and get some cool effects.

But lenses can only take you so far.

#4: Photo Retouching Apps

My go-to app for on-phone retouching is Photogene. The app lets you crop, alter colors, reduce the “noise” in a photo and basically take a normal shot and make it look pretty darn cool.

So if you’re running a food, travel or hotel blog, where pictures really are worth a thousand words, you might want to consider exploring the entire list of photo retouching apps in the app store.


Picture shot using iPhone4, retouched/resized using Photogene.

Video: Are you the next Spielberg?

Probably my favorite use of the iPhone (at least for blog content creation) is the video capabilities of the phone. While Apple’s built-in video recording tool will give you basic trimming capabilities, you’ll have to spend a few bucks to bring the world of video editing to your phone.

For all of my videos, I’ve used iMovie. It’s easy to trim, split and edit clips. You can add a voice-over or soundtrack, even insert title slides (JPEGS) or in my case, sponsor slides, and apply titles and transitions—all on the phone.


With one click, you can make epic movie trailers and create beyond-amazing effects. It's your home video's big break.

Then you can render and publish directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, CNNiReport (for which they even offer a video template for titles and such) or just send it to your camera roll to be imported to your computer.

If you’re a big Vimeo user, Vimeo came out with an editing app, but thus far, I’ve found it a bit buggy.

#5: Zoom During Video Recording

Lastly, if you are shooting in a place where you just can’t get good lighting, try picking up the Flare app which also gives you the ability to zoom while you record video (can’t do that in the iPhone’s native video app) as well as apply HDR effects, etc.


One of the many features is you can share full-quality videos to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr and more.

Well that’s it… 5 simple tricks that will help you turn your iPhone into the multimedia production studio it was meant to be so you can have better blog content.

What do you think? Do you have any tips for using your iPhone to create better blog content? Leave your comments in the box below.

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  • Great Article Tom – It has been a struggle moving people from regular phones to smartphones. Now it is a struggle of moving them into using them correctly.  I am very impressed you created an ENTIRE blog using just an iPhone. 

    I have been told, (but never confirmed the source), that we spend more times on apps on our phone daily than email.  I think Social Media Examiner should start doing a weekly poll about something in the social world and assigning someone to write about the statistics once a week.  This would be a great poll study for them to start utilizing and getting more engagement. 

    Back to the topic at hand, using apps correctly, can give be some skills and talents they never knew they had. It is amazing the people who have made a living doing this. I would love to hear the 5 tops businesses using apps in their enterprise and how they are using them. (Not App companies, we know how they succeed.)

    -Erica Conroy

  • Thanks Erica. It has been difficult to do the entire blog on an iPhone but gr8 learning. If you or any other readers are going to be at BlogWorld in LAX this week, I’m doing an entire session on ways to use hour iPhone to create awesome blog content (audio, video and photographic) that goes well beyond the basics in this blog post.


  • I’m impressed, Tom, very impressed. I’m a professional video blogger [and not professional in the sense of how cool I am, but in the equipment I use, editing, etc] and I never knew that the iPhone was so customizable! That’s pretty cool. Have you or are you upgrading to the iPhone 4S? I wonder what neat new functionality you could squeeze from that?!

    I’ll also admit that I’m a bit jealous . . . I have an android phone *insert sad face here*

    Great post, Tom!

  • As a fairly new iPhone user (i’m still going through BB-withdrawal), I am still learning all the neat things this smartphone can do! THANK YOU FOR THIS POST!!! 

    I have the iPhone 3, deciding whether or not I should get the iPhone 4s or wait for the iPhone 5–do the tips you shared work for it, or are they better with upgraded model? 

    Good job on the post!

  • Hi Tom – 

    That sounds like an learning experience for sure. I think I will try that sometime soon. 

    Are you going to be streaming online? I will have our marketing director who is also our content creator tune in. He still has a Zack Morris phone and we are trying to get him to upgrade! Its our everyday conversation in the office. 

  • Man, my dumb phone is just getting more so by the day!

  • René Power

    This could just be the best blog post I’ve read this year.

    Shows that little gadget can be used to provide some pretty good content. I’ve been haggling over how to shoot half decent blog video now I can get a decent external mic grab a gorilla pod tripod and I’m away!


  • You show an Image of the Glif at the top, but don’t recommend it at all. has an amazing product, and teams up with a Joby Gorillapod Tripod you can shoot some amazing things!

  • Lynn

    All your posts are incredibly helpful, but this one was an eye opener and really got me thinking. Thank you!

  • Theodore

    Awesome! I just bought the pro mic adapter I can’t wait!

  • Erica,

    I’m pretty sure there is a virtual ticket to BlogWorld but I can’t find the link… poke around to see… not sure but my promo code Martin20 may get you a 20% discount… not sure if it counts towards virtual summit or not.

  • LOL — Team Android — bummer. No, haven’t upgraded yet… but would be fun if ATT, Apple, Verizon or Sprint wanted to send me one as a “sponsor” of the remaining video interviews…. hint, hint 😉

  • Princess,

    Would assume all the tips work with iPhone4s as the physical aspects of the phone haven’t changed… and seems all of the app developers upgrade their apps as soon as a new ios comes out.

    Welcome to the team.

  • Why thanks Rene! I also saw (on the SW inflight mag this morning) a nifty little zoom lens for the iPhone. Gives it an 8x zoom… and yesterday I found this little gem of a photo app — Big Lens… friggin awesome pics… gives the iPhone camera multiple fStops that you can apply in post… awesome for food bloggers, travel bloggers, etc.

  • Actually — I’m talking at length about the Glif during my Blog World talk — 

    I was one of the original backers of the product… love that little thing…

  • Thanks Lynn… I try. Watch my blog over at for a copy of my BlogWorld presentation… gonna make these tips look like child’s play 😉

  • Theodore….ahhhhh the secret iPhone audio weapon! Hard to believe something so small could be so important! Enjoy.

  • I need to get some of those lenses, suweeet!

  • Glenn Street

    If there is anything of worse quality on the web than video, it’s audio recording. If you want to bump up the quality of your audio by quantum leaps (and a fair step beyond the good suggestions in Tom’s article), buy:

    1. A 1 foot XLR to TRRS cable from KV Connections. $30, same place as Tom mentioned.
    2. A 1.5 or 2 foot XLR female to XLR male cable. Cheap ones run about $5, a nice studio-grade Mogami will cost $30 but you won’t get handling noise in your recording and it will withstand abuse.
    3. An Audio-Technica AT 8010 omnidirectional condenser microphone. $140, wind muff included.

    $200 for near-broadcast quality recording, a very decent upgrade. If you then want to take your recording a step further, buy (each step is an upgrade, can be added as you progress):

    4. Hindeburg Field Recorder to control levels, fade, and trim recorded sections on your iPhone. Available from the app store, the Lite version is free though I would recommend spending $30 for the full version.
    5. For interviews in noisy areas, or for people who are shy around a microphone, or to get accurate ambient sounds, a Rode NTG-2 shotgun condenser microphone ($269), and from Rycote a dead cat wind muff ($39) and shock mount ($49).
    6. If you want to include background sounds, voice overs and music to your masterpiece, download Hindenburg Journalist ($79). It’s an easy to use, 4-track desktop editor that makes it dead simple to import files from your iPhone for editing on a big screen (sadly, not on an iPad).

    The quality of your recording will skyrocket and the gear is easy to carry around (until you add a shotgun mic due to the size of the mount and muff – which you’ll absolutely need). Can be used for recording audio only, or while recording video

  • Great how-to post Tom. so good, I shared it on the iPhone Life magazine’s Facebook page! 

  • Don Homestead

    Hi Tom,

    WOW! This was some great information. I was looking at the iPhoneS yesterday and will be purchasing it this coming week. Your info will  help me make my decision and I am grateful for you and those who made comments for my edification.


  • Lisa Mack

    Very helpful Tom!  I’m starting a travel /real-estate blog and web-site and heading down to the area to shoot locals, flora/fauna!  I am definitely going to practice all these.  Do you think Photogene is enough for re-touching.  Also, I know how to get my camera roll pictures off my IPhone.  Do you know how to get the photo library deleted?

    Thanks again!


  • Glenn Street

    Tom, do you know if the Glif will work with Zagg Invisible Shilelds installed front and back? Heard one person who mentioned sliding an iPhone into the Glif caused the shield to come loose (could be due to a sloppy shield installation, though).

    FWIW, after switching from AT&T to Verizon I converted my wife’s AT&T iPhone 4 into a pocket AV studio with internet connection (via wifi or tethered to my Verizon iPhone 4) and am quite pleased with the set-up. I prefer to separate AV from other mobile functions. Guess old sailors can’t help but think about power management, even when off their boats. Thanks for the Flare tip.

  • be sure to hack up an iPhone cover and glue the magnetic ring to that with super glue…otherwise, the ring comes off and then you can’t attach lens to iPhone.

  • thx Phyllis

  • Enjoy Don…glad I could help.

  • Lisa,

    Love Photogene… the shot in the post was all done using Photogene… there are other apps, you may want to experiment… Not sure what you mean by photo library… if you want to delete pics from phone, you can do so via phone or just tell iPhoto to delete after import.

    Also, if you’re gonna want to do more intensive retouching… on a computer… consider getting LightTable app from Adobe… very powerful and easy.

     – Tom

  • Tom great tips. Ive been playing around with the iRig mic for the iPhone. Any thought on that one?

  • Glenn,

    I find that the only drawback to the GLIF is that you can’t have ANY cover on your iPhone and still slide it into the Glif… I have an easy removable cover on mine so not that big of a deal…

  • Really useful post Tom, thank you. Do you have a recommendation for a particular wireless lavaliere microphone?

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  • deb1221

    Great post, Tom.  Who makes the external lenses you’re using and/or recommend? 

  • John Burke

    Great post Tom!  I have been investigating iPhone add-ons and apps for this specific purpose.  I came across a unique piece of gear made by Fostex.  The AR-4i provides 3 mic inputs, plus a frame with a handle for much needed control with an optional hand grip that will fit many pro tripod/monopod products. Check it out at  also, check out this astounding iPhone 4S vs. Canon 5D Mark II: A Side-By-Side Comparison at

  • Tom – I am curious if you have suggestions about which micro-blogging platform you might use in combination with these tools if you had to blog from the road for a week or so at a time? Would you use something like Posterous?

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  • Stephanie,

    I’ve not used it personally, I have a wireless lav set up that I like… but a buddy of mine uses it on his Android for man on the street interviews and loves it. He’s a former professional producer… so if it is good enough for him… gotta think it makes the grade.

  • Richard

    How about one for Android Phones?

  • Lee – thx… here you go… link to the model I used to record you for Talking With Tom.

  • Debbie — not sure but here is link to post that contains a link to the site  I think they added more types (telephoto) that I don’t yet have.

  • Actually Tobin, I do use Posterous for my video blog… it’s not perfect… but overall, pretty easy to go from video to post all from the iPhone.

  • Richard,

    That would require me to own an Android… 😉

  • deb1221

    Thanks, Tom. Appreciate it. Looks great.

  • Tom, thanks so much for this very helpful and concise article. I’m with ya on doing everything on the iPhone. I’m definitely buying the mic and Flare app you recommended. I’ve got iMovie, which is good and basic, but I prefer Splice. Have you heard of it? Thanks again! 

  • Fantastic post Tom! As an experiment, I’m living this right now – I’m currently traveling out Asia and India for nearly four months RIGHT NOW – video blogging exclusively from an iPod Touch! You can tell why your post is so poignant to me!

    Just an iPod Touch with the iMovie, YouTube and WordPress apps! What a powerful combination of tools – all I need is WiFi and the occasional power charge! Only 2 weeks into a four month journey, and 6 videos already – what do you think Tom?

    I come from a background of producing producing professional commercial video content for online uses – promotional videos for businesses, hotels, etc. usually with scripts, lots, crew, and nice big lenses on swank cameras. But so much time is spent importing, editing, rendering, etc. Great looking work, but incredible amount of time.

    The confines – and flexibility – of the video on iPhone/iPod Touch toolset create a very unique way of producing content! After the short learning curve, it was straight to work! While in the back of bumpy bus rides I have been able to edit, and then upload while having coffees or Singha or Chang beers in restaurants!

    Too often, like many others on vacation, I’ve shot video, but never sat down to edit it when home again. The iPhone / iPod Touch has nullified this potential issue! So exciting! Also, friends and family are keeping right up to date with the ongoings of our journey!

    So glad you posted this Tom, thank you! – Chris Ruffell @chrisruffell

  • SarahL

    Excellent post, thank you! One thing, though, that I struggle with is ‘camera shake’ when videoing with the iphone.  Do you know if Apple have addressed this at all?  

  • Hi Sarah! Camera shake is caused by two variables – a very very light-weight camera body (the iPhone itself) and the type of sensor (CMOS) used by camera itself which exacerbates the shake and really makes it noticeable.

    In the near future, software could help the problem – ‘real time-image stabization’ – but we will likely need to wait for higher end iPhones as still will potentially drain batteries fast. Also, higher end cameras may be needed with larger sensors to enable real-time image stabilization, like consumer video cameras have.

    Another option is use a future App that processes and stablizes footage AFTER it’s been shot – much like Apple’s Final Cut Pro “Smooth Cam” filter does it’s magic. I think this is the more likely after-market option that hopefully some developer is working on! I’d love to buy this app too!

    In the meantime, try using two hands holding the iPhone while it’s horizontal – I find this helps me!

  • Ian H

    As a Nokia user (aagh) I’m finding all of this really annoying, but VERY interesting! 🙂 Do I gather that all of this could also be done from a Touch as well? As a photographer I’m heavily reliant on imagery in my posts and need to increase the video element, and whilst my everyday carryall Canon S95 has video it’s only basic and the possibilities of the apps mentioned above are starting to blow my mind away! If I could do this on Touch I could save some money! 🙂

    Cheers, Ian

  • SarahL

    Thanks Chris! Let’s hope they’re making developments as we type…. I use the camera on my iPhone a lot more often than the phone.  Surely a function on iMovie to replicate FCP’s Smooth Cam isn’t too much to ask? I just had a quick look at your blog – a great way to share the fun you guys are having! 

  • Stephanie,

    I’m using the iRig mic and I’m satisfied. Good quality, good handling. Sure, it’s not that small like the one Tom mentioned above. But it’s a real microfone 😉 I use it together with a small gorilla tripod and the GLIF. All these things I can put in my postbag together with cables and power adapters and so on. It’s no space problem. I like it.

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  • Thank Sarah, it’s been a good time so far – can’t wait for India…certain to be quite overwhelming!

    Yes, Apple’s has the Smooth cam technology for quite a while now – they bought it back when they bought the high end composting application called Shake back in 2002 or so! Then they moved it over to the more friendly Final Cut Pro editing application…and kept it as an accessible filter ever since, even portingit to iMovie as an option or stabilizing footage! It has it’s limits, but works well when the footage isn’t shot too shaky from the start! Truth be told, I use the filter a lot! Shot these two videos (not on an iPhone) entirely hand-held using the Smoothcam filter:

    The reason I think it’ll take a while – or at least an iPhone 4S at least – is the filter on high end multi-processor Mac Pro towers and Intel i7 processors, it takes ALL the CPU power to process each clip first, before even editing! I believe the new iPhone 4S and iPad 2 are the only iOS hardware with dual-processors, which may be able to handle the demands of the file if the port it to ‘AX’ processors… Let’s hope it’s sooner than later!

  • Neetal

    Great post, thanks for sharing! A question about audio, do you record the audio track on a separate track from video so you have more flexibility to incorporate b roll or photos…or any thoughts on that? Thanks again.

  • Chris,

    couldn’t agree more… the workflow is so much simpler and faster… love what you’re doing.

  • SarahL — get a small u-shape camera mount… you can find them at BestBuy. Just getting your hand off the camera will greatly reduce shake.

    I’m also showing (at BlogWorld — if you’re there) a steadicam that is built for the iPhone…. removes all shake and really allows you to create sweet video… smooth, cinematic type stuff even if you’re walking or moving in any way.

  • Ian, yes, should work on a touch as well.

  • Neetal,

    I don’t…. but when you edit in Final Cut you can splice video separate from audio…. so I “do it in post”

  • RW

    Great tips! I had no idea about the external lenses — could you recommend the ones you use? 

  • Now-a-days many people are getting attracted towards iPhone due to its number of applications. I hope the above mentioned tips are more helpful to them in creating audio and video content. Good information is posted.

  • Jim

    I have a friend that created an entire wedding video using an iPhone. I think they used an iPhone 4. It really is a beautiful video. The imperfections of the iPhone (shaky camera, lighting) actually add to the video. They were also very creative in the angles and editing. I am still amazed at how good it looks:

  • Nice post – and I don’t say that often.  Just wondering, though – do you really plug a mike into a headphone jack?  Isn’t the headphone jack an output?  Thanks

  • Tom

    Thanks for this post. I had no idea of the possibilities contained in the iPhone. I am now doubly looking forward to getting my 4s. Can you let us know what wireless lavalier microphone you use? Thanks and regards

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  • Thanks Tom, glad you’re on top of this development – look forward to reading future posts!

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  • From here, those 5 tips of making video and audio tips that will help you to use iphone on here. Thanks a lot for sharing your post on here 🙂

  • gosh! i never knew about the cam lenses for iphone! awesome feature!

  • Jane Virtual Agent

    I am not an Iphone user but this posts made me consider getting one. LOL… I didn’t think that Iphone has these kinds of possibilities.

  • Amazing post – I’ve bookmarked it and am referring back to it as I set up my healthy cooking blog.  You post a link to your other gadgets but not the external lenses (they’re going on my Christmas/birthday list)  I’ve combed through the comments and found that you’ve posted another link I’ll look into. You’ve got a new, dedicated follower in me Tom! Thank you so much ~

  • Thanks Lindsay — appreciate that.

  • John,

    Stop by my blog at and do a search for iPhone video tools… links to everything there.

  • Jeff,

    Yes, the headphone jack. On an iPhone the jack can do both – hence the need for the KV connector cable.

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  • Karen

    Hi I Just downloaded the app but am now stuck on the share page – can’t get out of it. And evey time I close and reopen the app it’s still on that page. The “done’ Button doesnt work. Any clues?

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  • Rohit Appdev

    Hi,Video bloggers, check out this cool app :  Zoom Recorder lets you zoom in and zoom out in real time when recording videos.
    Video zoom is missing in the default Camera app and Zoom Recorder overcomes that drawback.

  • David Rhodes

    Fantastic and informative Glenn. A year old….. Got any updates. Wanting to kit my students out with affordable field recorders that can work while filming on iphone.Appreciate any info.


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  • yogamatt

    I REALLY hope someone responds to me, because I am looking for some help. I plan to use my iPhone for an important interview and would like to use the lavaliere mic for both myself and my subject. I was wondering, can you hook two mics into the audio out using the mic adapter you have here? Is there a way to do that?

  • Thomas Outt

    This one has my attention. My learning curve is still in initial stages, but this certainly encourages me to want to make that quantum leap! Have enjoyed my experience with my ‘point & click,’ certainly, but many times I can see in my mind’s eye how just a few better tools would make some of the dream shots closer to my inner vision. Thanks for sharing!

  • Elizabeth Shannon

    hmmm, good question – that’s why I’m here. Trying to do the same thing. Rode Smartlav mic only has a cord about 4 feet long, and only good for audio, not video recording – that my info tells me – AND requires an app to record the audio. AND a splitter to put the two mics together. Problems with using any lead in regard to quality. I’m guessing the more expensive Rode Lavalier lapel mic is going to have the same software issues when trying to make a video? Now I’m looking at Rode external mic on a 2.5 meter lead (hidden somewhere so you can’t see the mic?). Thinking I might need the professional mic adapter mentioned above. And how to put the iphone on a tripod? There’s a clunky thing called the Phocus (still haven’t managed to find one in Australia yet – used to be Owle, but better???), but see that above there is some sort of bracket… which I’m now going to investigate. If you’re not trying to do it iPhone way, there are other options, but still haven;’t figured the lapel mic. Good luck!

  • Marty Dorfman

    Tom, just now reading your article on all the uses for the iPhone. I have the 4s and would like to connect the Zoom H2n to be able to use its audio, but want to still use the iPhone video. I cannot find any information for the correct cabling. Thanks

  • Robynne Sharko-Stapley

    I have always wondered how long can you record on your iPhone for? I want to shoot full 1 hour lengths of footage. Is there a way of doing this on my iPhone. And what mic would you recommend that is cordless and attached on me as I am a fitness instructor looking to shoot my classes which are up to an hour in length. Thanks for the help!

  • globaltoni

    You mentioned using a wireless lavaliere mic. I’d like to buy one at a reasonable price. Can you recommend one you use (hopefully it isn’t too expensive).
    Thanks, t

  • One of the problems with using an external microphone with an iPhone 5 or 5S is that unlike earlier models of the iPhone, the microphone jack is located on the bottom rather than the top of the phone. That means that you might have to turn the phone upside down to point an external mike in the right direction for recording.

    IK Multimedia makes a number of microphones and related audio accessories for use with the iPhone and iPad, including the iRIG MIC Cast which plugs into the microphone jack on the iPhone. I believe that the iRIG Recorder app (free and paid versions) can rotate 180 degrees so if you turn your iPhone upside down so that the iRIG MIC Cast is at the “top,” the app appears right-side up.

    When I’d like to find is a “handle” with a “shotgun” microphone that I could attach to my iPhone so the phone could be held steady in a horizontal position for shooting and pick up audio from the direction in which the phone is pointed.

    If you have your iPhone in a case, using external microphones and add-on lenses can be problematic. For example, I have an Mophie Helium Air supplemental battery case which effectively doubles the battery life of my iPhone which is very helpful because shooting video can quickly drain the phone’s battery. Unfortunately, the thickness of the case means I have to use a Mophie-supplied extender along with either standard iPhone ear buds, other headsets, or external microphones. The case would also preclude me from using add-on lenses.

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  • The HDR feature can really help you get a better video quality if you’re on a budget. Really though, a physical SLR camera is going to be your best bet.

  • Gary Deezy

    I have had a terrible time getting mics to work well with the iPhone (and I think this applies to all mobile phones.) Mobile phones use wired mics using the TRRS standard. Many mics are stereo (TRS) and you might need an adaptor to get them to work at all. Many *pro* mics are mono, and you have to find a way to convert mono to stereo, then stereo to TRRS to get things to work well. It has taken me many hours of aggravation, but I finally have my pro (mono) lavalier mic working with my iphone… most of the time. Using a series of adaptors, I have gotten it to work. Unfortunately, anytime you introduce a daisy chain of adaptors, that typically adds noise, and creates multiple points of failure. So, you have to be very careful to make sure everything is plugged in snuggly. Good luck!