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A mobile phone camera is a mobile phone with built-in camera features which is quite commonly used by several elevator filmers to film elevators. They use this when there are security personnel or attendants in elevators, or when their digital cameras are broken or out of battery power. Some elevator filmers like to use this as a secondary video recording device but some also like to use it as a primary recording device.

Benefits

  • Easy to film elevators that has an attendant or operator, as the elevator operator won't notice if someone is filming the elevator.
  • Some mobile phones (especially smartphones) have high video and image resolutions.
  • Some mobile phones (usually Android phones) have direct upload to YouTube, making it easier and quicker for elevator filmers to upload their elevator videos without having to upload them via computers.
  • Some mobile phones (usually iPhone via iMovie and Android using Videoshow, Inshot or FilmoraGo and some newer OPPO and Realme smartphones with SoLoop video editor pre-installed) can edit videos via app without going edit via PC.
  • Some mobile phones camera (notable smartphones brand such as Samsung, OPPO, Realme and Xiaomi) as good as DSLR camera (up to 108 megapixels)
  • Some network providers offers unlimited quota internet (either limited speed or maximum speed) can now upload directly via mobile phones without worrying about out of quota. Even on the go or outside internet cable coverage.
  • Some smartphones nowadays can now record high quality video up to 4K (2160p) or 8K (4320p).

Detriments

  • Some elevator filmers have to rotate their mobile phones due to their large touch screens.
  • Relatively basic or cheaper mobile phones have very low megapixels (usually 5 megapixels or less).
  • Most mobile phone cameras are inferior to stand-alone cameras or camcorders. Variable frame-rates and poor image stabilization are also detriments to using a mobile phone.
  • The small image sensors and lens produce grainy or dark images in low-light or indoor conditions (including elevators) due to software making it brighter.
  • In some case, phone ringtones, alert tones and vibrations are also recorded during recording processes, unless the phone is set to Silent or Airplane Mode.
  • Some smartphone (mostly entry level smartphone) have video lag and sometime the camera app will crash unexpectedly anytime during record the video due to low in memory (RAM).
  • The video may stop recording if incoming calls happened anytime during recording (if network provider have enough signal inside the elevator).
  • Smartphones are often harder to pull videos off of than cameras, since dedicated cameras usually have easily serviceable (micro/mini)SD cards.
  • Most smartphones nowadays are non-removable and cannot change the battery on the go, unlike most cameras, which often have a battery compartment where the battery can easily be removed, and secondary/replacement units are readily available. (this problem is solvable by using a power bank or any other power source if they bring their charger along to charge in their own car or at coffee shop or restaurant such as Starbucks and McDonald's)
  • Some cheaper or older mobile phones doesn't have EIS/OIS (video stabilizer) which makes videos shaky. Some mid end or high end budget mobile phones/smartphones, EIS/OIS is only available at lower resolution (1080p/720p@30fps and/or 60fps) and not available in 4K@30fps and/or 4K@60fps (if that phone supports 4K/2160p resolution).
  • Android 10 and lower does limit the Video recording to 4GB due to the 32 bit Software limit however it will be lifted in Android 11 which means that Lift Filmers are able to record in a higher quality and bitrate
  • Some smartphone (usually newer and flagship Android phones from 2021 onwards and all iPhones) impossible to add storage due to no microSD slot built-in which might lead phone out of storage to store more videos, photos and apps. Some Android phones have 2 slots instead of 3 slots which need to choose between either 2 SIMs or 1 SIM+microSD. Considered getting a bigger storage is highly recommended.

Notable mobile phones used in elevator community

AIS

Apple

Asus

  • Asus ZenFone 5 (used by Eiffel Vale. and VR303 Elevators, Discontinued)
  • Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (used by MasVerVator333, Discontinued)
  • Asus Zenfone Max M2 ZB633KL (used by Sumosoftinc, JC95 Elevators, Senn Elevators, discontinued)
  • Asus ZenFone 2 Laser ZE550KL (used by MekoChann Lifts Tour, discontinued)

BBK Corporation (OPPO/Vivo/OnePlus/Realme)

  • OPPO Neo 7 (used by Senn Lens Transport, discontinued)
  • OPPO A77 (used by Senn Lens Transport, discontinued)
  • OPPO F1s (used by Senn Lens Transport, discontinued)
  • OPPO F11 (used by Senn Lens Transport, discontinued)
  • OPPO A3s (used by ZJ ELEVids Productions, discontinued)
  • OPPO A5s (used by ZJ ELEVids Productions)
  • OPPO Reno 5 Pro 5G (used by Senn Lens Transport)
  • OPPO Reno 5 5G (used by ZJ ELEVids Productions)
  • Realme 5 Pro (used by MasVerVaror333)
  • Realme 6 (used by Senn Lens, discontinued)
  • Realme 7 Pro (used by Pan Yuan Ting)
  • Vivo Y15 (2013) (used by Sengoku Elevators, discontinued)
  • Vivo Y15 (used by ZJ ELEVids Productions)
  • Vivo Y20s (used by ZJ ELEVids Productions)
  • Vivo Y30 (used by EH ELEVids Productions)
  • OPPO A5 2020 (used by MekoChann Lifts Tour, discontinued)

BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry 9000 (used by Orisa Pradito before he got his current Lenovo S890)
  • BlackBerry 9300 (used by TheKentaro Light)
  • BlackBerry 9320 (used by Sumosoftinc and TG97Elevators, discontinued)
  • Blackberry Q10 (used by VR303 REBORN, discontinued)

Coolpad

  • Coolpad Note 5 (used by CKX TV)

Covia

  • Covia Breez X5 (used by Senn Elevators, discontinued)

Cross/Evercoss

  • Evercoss R50A (a.k.a. Winner Y2+ Power) (used by Naufal Budiono, outdoors only)
  • Evercoss S50D (a.k.a. Genpro X, New) (used by Naufal Budiono)

Ding Ding/MBI

  • Ding Ding Iron 2 (used by Star Asia Elevator, discontinued)

Google

There listed for the Pixel series only.
  • Google Pixel 3 (used by EVTT, only used for the secondary device)

HTC

Huawei

  • Huawei Y6II (Used by Khup Elevators and Offtopic)
  • Huawei P20 (Used by NingSama(Discontinued))
  • Huawei Nova Plus (Used by EH ELEVids Productions discontinued)

i-Mobile

  • i-mobile IQ 5.7 (Used by Khup Elevators and Offtopic, discontinued)

JSR

  • JSR i6c/Smartfren Andromax U (used by Reza Tanaka, discontinued)

Lenovo/Motorola

LG

  • LG Optimus L3 (used by elevatorman812)
  • LG G4 (used by TG97Elevators)
  • LG G4c (used by MPXD Studio, discontinued)
  • LG G5 (used by BoredShawn)
  • LG X Power (used by AFelev1011, discontinued)
  • LG Magna (used by AFelev1011, discontinued)
  • LG Q6+ (used by AFelev1011)
  • LG Stylus 2 Plus (used by HJ2127, discontinued)
  • LG G3 (used by HJ2127, discontinued)
  • LG V40 (used by Sengoku Elevators as a Secondary Camera)
  • LG V60 (used by Sengoku Elevators)
  • LG G7 (used by d_impulse)

Mito

  • Mito Fantasy A50 (used by Sumosoftinc, discontinued)
  • Mito Fantasy Mini A260 (used by Sumosoftinc)

Ninetology

  • Ninetology C1240 (used by Star Asia Elevator, discontinued)

Nokia

Nokia feature phones

  • Nokia 2730 (used by IDLift3000, discontinued)
  • Nokia 2690 (used by Sengoku Elevators, discontinued)
  • Nokia X2 (used by MelvinMan10, discontinued)

Symbian-based Nokia phones

  • Nokia C6 (used by MelvinMan10, discontinued)
  • Nokia E63 (used by Reza Tanaka, discontinued)
  • Nokia C5-03 (used by Reza Tanaka once, discontinued)
  • Nokia Navigator 6110 (used by Star Asia Elevator, discontinued)

Windows-based Nokia phones

For the current models, these phones are branded as "Microsoft", as Microsoft acquired Nokia in 2014 and Microsoft still sold them under the "Lumia" brand.

  • Nokia Lumia 530 (Used By AFelev1011, discontinued)
  • Nokia Lumia 510 (Used By AFelev1011, discontinued)
  • Nokia Lumia 520 (used by MelvinMan10, discontinued)
  • Nokia Lumia 625 (used by MelvinMan10, discontinued)

Android-based Nokia phones

  • Nokia 1 (used by TleFlip, discontinued)
  • Nokia 3.1 (used by MekoChann Lifts Tour, discontinued)

Samsung

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2015 (used by NingSama (discontinued), Reza was also used it before it accidentaly broke in 2017)
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 (used by Oak TheElevator Hunter, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 2017 (used by NingSama and TleFlip as a secondary camera)
  • Samsung Galaxy A8+ (used by Oak TheElevator Hunter)
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 1 (used by Reza Tanaka once)
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (used by TG97Elevators)
  • Samsung Galaxy S2 (used by JimLiElevators)
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 (used by Circleline28, ChickenNg18 [1])
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (used by elevatorman812)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (used by SGElevators Productions, TheDragonFire123 (discontinued) while Star Asia Elevator used as backup camera)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (used By Elevators From Italy and discontinued, zik200 and Maalit72 and VR303 REBORN)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 (used by MPXD Studio)
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (used by Elevators From Italy and TheDragonFire123, discontiued)
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (used by TheDragonFire123 as secondary camera)
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 (used by YaoboyExperiences)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 (used by Lucario Elevator Production)
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (used by LiftyGamez)
  • Samsung Galaxy S21+ (Used by Ningsama)
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (used by Senn Lens)
  • Samsung Galaxy Core (used by NingSama, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy Core 2 (used by IDLift3000, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (used by Vincent Chong[2])
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (used by DFW FAA Brianvators (discontinued))
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (used by FIN Elevators)
  • Samsung Galaxy Wonder (used by MalzbierMan of G&M Lifts and Star Asia Elevator [discontinued])
  • Samsung Galaxy J1 (used by JC 95 Elevators, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 (used by JC 95 Elevators)
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (used by IDLift3000)
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 (used by MelvinMan10, NingSama (discontinued), Reza and TleFlip)
  • Samsung Galaxy W (used by AFelev1011, discontinued)
  • Samsung Rex 80 (used by Senn Elevators, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy C8 (used by HJ2127)
  • Samsung Galaxy J6+ 2018 (used by CKX TV, temporary discontinued until November 2019 due to his phone got booty by his disipline teacher)
  • Samsung Galaxy A30 (used by Lift'ocado (discontinued) and CKX TV)
  • Samsung Galaxy A50 (used by Lift'ocado)
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 (used by EclairSmart)
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 (used by Masvervator 333)
  • Samsung Galaxy A10 (used by MekoChann Lifts Tour, discontinued)

SEALS

  • SEALS TS3 (used by Senn Elevators, discontinued)

Sharp

Sony/Sony Ericsson

Ti-Phone

  • Ti-Phone A508 (used by Reza, discontinued)

True

Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 (used by MPXD Studio)
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 (used by TleFlip)
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (used by Sengoku Elevators, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Mi 4 (used by Sumosoftinc)
  • Xiaomi POCO X3 Pro (used by Senn Lens)
  • XiaoMi Redmi 4X (used by EH ELEVids Productions, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S (used by amarvasandani, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 (used by amarvasandani)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2S (used by SC Miles, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A (used by VR303 REBORN and MPXD Studio)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (used by CASELEV)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (used by Sumosoftinc and G T2KJS, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (used by G T2KJS)
  • XiaoMi Redmi Note 5 Pro (used by EH EleVids Productions discontinues)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro (used by EclairSmart, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 (Used by JC95 Elevator)
  • XiaoMi Redmi 8 (Used by EH EleVids Productions)
  • XiaoMi Redmi 9T (Used by EH ELEVids Productions and 2.0)
  • Xiaomi MAX 3 (used by SC Miles)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 (used by MekoChan Lifts Tour)

Yes

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Notes and References

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