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The iPhone SE is a bargain for video shooters

iPhone SE

The iPhone family: 6S Plus, 6S, and the new iPhone SE on the right. 

Thanks, Apple: I bought an iPhone 6S a month ago, and now you’ve brought out the iPhone SE: exactly the same camera and processor, but a lot less expensive.

The new phone is basically an iPhone 5S with the 4K camera and A9 processor from the 6S. If you’re happy with a four inch phone and don’t care about 3D touch, it’s a bargain. With 64Gb of memory, you’ll save $200/£180 by choosing the smaller phone.

Many people actually prefer smaller phones: lots of 5S users haven’t upgraded yet. Being thicker, it should be easier to handhold than the 6S, which I find very slippery without a case. And because it has the same body shape,  presumably older iPhone 5S accessories – like the Moondog Anamorphic lens, not yet available for the 6S – will fit. Some reports also suggest that the SE will have better battery life than the 6S.

What do you lose? When Apple brought out the 6S they didn’t just make the screen bigger, they gave it better contrast and a wider viewing angle. In addition to 3D touch, it has a more advanced fingerprint sensor. And you can get a 128Gb model (the SE tops out at 64). The FaceTime camera on the 6S can shoot 5MP stills rather than 1.2MP. But the only video feature you lose is geotagging.

I’m not a fan of big phones, which is why I didn’t buy the 6S Plus with its optical image stabilisation. And as I edit on computer, not on the phone, the bigger screen of the 6S doesn’t make much difference to me. So if I was buying now, I’d definitely go for the SE. It’s out on March 24th in the US and March 31st in the UK.

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