iPhone 14's latest Action Mode features are something everyone has been talking about. While Apple has always been at the forefront of mobile photography, the iPhone 14 takes it a step beyond the fold for all models available to consumers. Boasting a sizable 48MP sensor made to produce exceptional imagery, it also nods to filmmakers needing a little extra help with cinematic goodness: stabilization.
That's precisely what the new action Mode is all about. An in-app mode for users to use IBIS technology behind a given clip for ultra-cinematic smoothness and fullness. Enabling such smoothness when moving the camera makes for smoother transitions without having extra accessories with you, like a gimbal.
How Does Action Mode Work?
Action Mode operates by capturing video using the phone's entire sensor. Ideally, iPhones use a popular AI method of capturing the scene while also capturing additional information beyond the camera to add more detail to your final output. However, using the entire sensor gives the phone's camera more room to compensate for jerks and shakiness in your footage. Action Mode overscan and advanced roll correction in Apple's picture to stabilize one's final image. It also supports Dolby Vision HDR.
Because this is Apple's first-year iteration of Action Mode, we're curious to see how well this might actually hold up in the eyes of professional filmmakers. Will its IBIS control be stable enough to bypass a mobile gimbal altogether, or will its gimmicky trajectory need a new for years updates? We'll have to find out when the phone comes in handy.