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This Pro Tried to Shoot a Professional-Grade Timelapse on a Smartphone

Professional timelapse photographer Morten Rustad is used to chasing the ultimate image quality when he’s working for clients like Sony or LG. He’s used to working with the best cameras and the highest resolution files. His followers wanted to know if he could capture the same quality using only a phone.

On a pixel peeping level, there’s obviously no comparing a 30MP+ full-frame camera to a smartphone, but Rustad still accepted the challenge. As he explained in an email to PetaPixel, he wanted to see just how close the latest and greatest smartphone cameras could get to “professional-grade.”

“Smartphone manufacturers are coming with some pretty bold claims regarding the quality of their cameras lately, and they are not holding back word like “professional” and “DSLR like quality,” writes Rustad. “I wanted to test out how good these cameras really are today.”

To give himself the best chance for success, Rustad set out on a road trip around some of the most beautiful landscapes in Western Norway with all of the same gear he would normally take on a timelapse excursion… minus the camera and lenses of course.

He shot all of his images on a Huawei P30 Pro smartphone in RAW with an intervalometer app, used a Syrp motion controller to capture smooth movement in some of his scenes, and even ‘attached’ an ND filter to the smartphone by gluing it to one of his phone cases.

You can watch the whole process in this behind-the-scenes video that Rustad shared with us this morning:

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