I’m glad you find value in his work. For me there are too many red flags to consider him a credible source of information.
It matters not to me if he gets a review unit or buys it himself. But posting this without having actually used the device reeks of click bait. It appears he simply wanted to take advantage of the hype around Apple’s event to drive traffic to his channel. I noted Austin Mann and Sebastian de With as examples of creditable reviewers who take the time to use the product before giving their opinions. (And note that I have little interest in video, but am a hobbiest still photographer. Thus I do not know of a similar reviewer with a focus on video.)
I also found the bit where he goes on about how the EU forced Apple to adopt USB totally irrelevant to a camera review. What videographer is going to care why Apple added USB? It would have been ok to mention it, and then note why USB is of benefit to anyone transferring large files off the iPhone. But this seemed more to promote himself as a contrarian not swayed by the Apple Reality Distortion Field ™ then to provide any value to the viewer with respect to the camera system.
And his going on about how the stock camera app doesn’t cut it is akin to complaining that Reminders isn’t Omnifocus or the Photos isn’t Lightroom. And made me question his credibility as a “pro”, as any pro is going to use a third party video app. He could have said something along the lines, “as usual, the stock Camera app may suffice for casual use, but even with third party apps one does have enough control …”, then discussing what was lacking. Instead, he actually does his viewers a double disservice here.
First, he could have discussed which manual controls are and are not available in third party apps, helping the viewer to understand if this was a good fit for them. Second, he gives the impression that no manual control is possible at all and thus folks who might have found the iPhone a good fit won’t even know to look for third party apps.
I’ve already mentioned how he dismisses the ability to record to an external drive, with the silly assertion that one won’t always have an external drive. While this is a trivially true statement, anyone going out for a planned video shoot will have an external drive.
I got the overall impression that he was trying very hard to show he wasn’t an Apple Fanboy, to prove his bonafides as an independent reviewer. But at the cost of actually providing useful information, and instead batting down straw men.
I do not disagree that the iPhone can’t replace a dedicated video camera, just as I wouldn’t sell my DSLR equipment to use only the iPhone. But a good review would have discussed what the camera both can and can do. This didn’t.
Finally, just as I don’t go to the National Enquirer for news I don’t go to some random YouTube site for technology reviews. Thus claiming that this is somehow an antidote to that is again irrelevant to me. Any credible review (or preview) will stand on its own. I care not and avoid what fanboys (and anti-fanboys) say. But I am interested in reading and watching about what a device can do. That is of value to me. Alas, this video was not of value.