The Apple Watch’s ability to act as a remote control for your phone was mentioned in the announcement key, so it’s been around for a while, but I’ve only used it once or twice to take group photos. However, Twitter user @PeterSciretta has pointed out that you can also use it as a vlogging tool.
Doing this is easy: Go to the Camera Remote app on your watch. This opens the camera app on the iPhone, and you can switch it to video mode, set it up and record. You don’t even have to tighten your watch to the phone like he does in the tweet; the external camera works perfectly while your watch is on your wrist.
Android users do not need to feel left out, as Wear OS devices can also act as a camera viewfinder when connected to Pixel phones. The Apple Watch trick will also work with the popular camcorder app FiLMiC Pro, which Jeff mentions in his tweet. That way, you can get all the benefits the third-party app offers, plus remote viewing on your watch.
Of course, if you’re planning to create a new vlogging setup, this is probably not the best way to go, especially if you do not already have an Apple Watch. For less than the price of Apple’s least expensive Watch (Series 3), you can instead get Apple’s Lightning to HDMI adapter (which also lets you power your phone so it does not run out of battery), and a small camera screen. Or you can just place the phone in front of a mirror. But if you already have an Apple Watch and want to film yourself using an iPhone, this tip can only make it easier.