I think GoPro Hero 11 Black’s 8:7 sensor is the future of smartphone photography

I was at a Banks gig in London at the behest of my partner, who’s a bit younger than me – I’d never heard of Banks, and when I arrived, I quickly realized I was the oldest person there. Despite not being down with the kids, I had some phones to test – the iPhone 14 Pro (opens in new tab) and iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab)so wasn’t going to pass up a mixed lighting environment.

Poised to capture some sample pictures and video as the support act hit the stage, I raised my phone up, but quickly stopped, and looked around. Everyone was holding their phones vertically, in portrait orientation, and everyone was capturing video. My landscape orientation, photo-taking iPhone sheepishly retired for a moment while I took this in.

Having just reviewed the GoPro Hero 11 Black (opens in new tab), complete with its 8:7 sensor, I couldn’t help but wonder – wouldn’t life be so much easier if all phones took square photos and videos? That way, you could hold a phone in either orientation, and be able to crop down footage into landscape, portrait, or square content that was perfectly suited to any platform. It would also give you much more scope for reframing your shots and footage.

Portrait video – that’s what the kids are capturing these days (Image credit: Basil Kronfli)

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