Have you ever been in a situation where you want to record a video with acceptable quality but you don’t want to buy a camcorder? I know I have. Fear not, because with the iPhone 3GS’ 3.0 megapixel camera and the addition of a camcorder feature, you don’t have to look any further. Cellphones have never been a very practical way of recording videos, but the iPhone is changing all that. Apple has added a video editing feature along with the iPhone’s video recording capabilities, which makes the iPhone even more practical. Thanks to OWLE and Zacuto, your iPhone experience can be even better.

Camcorder Gadgets

     OWLE (Optical Widgets for Life Enhancement)’s BUBO (Left) and Zacuto’s ZGrip (Right) are designed to steady your iPhone 3GS while you’re recording a video. It’s never fun to end up with a shaky video when it means something to you. Would you want the video of your daughter’s ballet performance or your son’s first home run to be shaky? I think we both know the answer to that question. Though the devices are designed to assist you in taking steady videos, using either one will most likely attract attention and embarassment. In the end, it all boils down to whether or not the embarassing stares are worth the steady video on your iPhone 3GS.

     The BUBO, said to be sold for $30-50, is promised to be released by Christmas, or by August if you pre-order now on OWLE’s pwebsite. The BUBO’s features are said to include a 37mm camcorder lense, a front facing mic that plugs into your iPhone’s microphone jack, and a hotshoe which will provide the capability for BUBO upgrades. You can purchase the Zacuto ZGrip online at the Zacuto Store.

     The ZGrip costs a wopping $295, though you do have the ability to add a 10-inch rod to the ZGrip for $40 or a tripod mount for $50. You might want to wait for the BUBO since it will probably be $265-245 less than the ZGrip with some extra features as another bonus. Although, the ZGrip looks like the $50 tripod would make it much more steady, and it’s always nice to have the extra options for taking videos.

iPhone Video Recording

     Even though not all iPhone users would be interested in the BUBO or ZGrip, I think we’re all just glad that Apple finally added video recording to the iPhone. With the handy video editing feature, the iPhone is now a revolutionary camcorder tool. If Apple continues to add these convenient features (such as the aforementioned possibility of unread message notifications), the iPhone might soon be known as the smartphone god.