Think you need pro gear for great iPhone photos? That’s fake news.

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You don't necessarily need expensive gear to make a great iPhone video.
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You can make great photos and videos with just an iPhone. There is nothing fake about that statement. Thousands of great iPhone photos appear on our camera rolls and Instagram feeds every day to prove it.

Nevertheless, a recent YouTube video suggested Apple uses more than just iPhones to create its “Shot on iPhone” commercials. The video quickly went viral. Headlines it generated sowed seeds of doubt about the authenticity of Apple’s claims.

So, are we really getting the great camera Apple says it puts in its iPhones?

iPhone 6 can handle a charging elephant and other worldly wonders

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Jen Pollack Bianco captured this juvenile elephant charging her safari vehicle on the iPhone 6.
Jen Pollack Bianco captured this juvenile elephant charging her safari vehicle on the iPhone 6.
Photo: Jen Pollack Bianco

Cult of Mac’s Photo Famous series introduces you to the groundbreaking photographers featured in Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6” ad campaign.

Mobile photography’s most mobile photographer was on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia and didn’t want to be weighted down.

Jen Pollack Bianco traveled with her usual DSLR equipment — all 26 pounds of it — but when the time came to go on an elephant safari, she left the heavy gear behind. This was a bold choice, considering such encounters rarely happen more than once in a lifetime.

The travel blogger carried her new iPhone 6 and the camera inside proved it could handle a charging elephant.