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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) can edit videos via app without going edit via PC.

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 from 0.3 to 2 megapixels).
  • 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).
  • 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. Sometimes the lag of the smartphones also affects the framerate.
  • 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 will stop recording if incoming calls happened anytime during recording (if network provider have enough signal inside the elevator).

Notable mobile phones used in elevator community

AIS

Apple

Asus

  • Asus ZenFone 5 (used by Eiffel Vale. and VR303 Elevators)

BBK Corporation (OPPO/Vivo/OnePlus/Realme)

  • OPPO Neo 7 (used by Star Asia Elevator as secondary camera)
  • OPPO A77 (used by Star Asia Elevator as primary camera)

BlackBerry

Coolpad

  • Coolpad Note 5 (used by CKX TV)

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)

HTC

Huawei

  • Huawei Y6II (Used by Khup Elevators and Offtopic)
  • Huawei P20 (Used by NingSama)

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 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)

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 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)

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 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)
  • 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 Core (used by NingSama, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy Core 2 (used by IDLift3000, discontinued)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (used by Vincent Chong[2])
  • 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)

SEALS

  • SEALS TS3 (used by Senn Elevators)

Sony/Sony Ericsson

Ti-Phone

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

True

Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi Mi A1 (used by MPXD Studio)
  • Xiaomi Mi 4 (used by Sumosoftinc)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S (used by amarvasandani, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2 (used by amarvasandani)
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A (used by MPXD Studio)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (used by Sumosoftinc and G T2KJS, discontinued)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (used by G T2KJS)

Yes

ZTE

  • ZTE N986/Smartfren Andromax V (used by Amarvasandani, discontinued)

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