The ability of the Apple Watch to act as a camera remote control for your phone received a mention in its announcement keynoteIt’s been a while but I’ve only ever used it once or twice to take group pictures. Twitter user @PeterScirettahowever, has indicated that you can use it as a vlogging aid as well.
It’s easy to do: go to the Camera Remote app on your watch. This will open the Camera app on your iPhone and you can switch to video mode, set it up, and record. You don’t even have to strap your watch to your phone like he does in the tweet. The remote camera works fully while your watch is on your wrist.
I’ve recorded video on my phone before and finding the right frame was often a frustrating exercise. There was a lot of running back and forth, recording short clips to make sure the focus and framing were correct. I could definitely have saved myself the hassle if I had reminded myself that my watch could do this even though I think I would have taken fewer steps. It’s a sacrifice I just have to make.
Android users don’t need to feel left out as Wear OS devices either can also act as a camera viewfinder when connected to Pixel phones. The Apple Watch trick also works with the popular FiLMiC Pro video camera app, as Jeff mentions in his tweet. That way you can get All the benefits of the third-party appas well as the remote display on your watch.
If you’re looking to create a new vlogging setup, this is probably not the best way to go, especially if you don’t already have an Apple Watch. For less than the price of Apple’s cheapest watch (the Series 3)You could get apples instead Lightning to HDMI adapter (which you can also use to power your phone so that the battery does not run out) and a small camera monitor. Or you can just position your phone in front of a mirror. However, if you already own an Apple Watch and want to film yourself using your iPhone, this tip might make it easier.