Looking for the most suitable prepsotion in this case.

Aamir Tariq

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Hi Everyone,

I am looking for the best preposition in the following case.

Let's suppose if you shoot a video with the help of your cell phone camera and then upload it somewhere. In the description you write.


  • The quality of this video is not good enough since the video was shot with a cell phone (camera).
  • The quality of this video is not good enough since the video was shot through a cell phone (camera).
  • The quality of this video is not good enough since the video was shot by a cell phone (camera).

This is what I think.

In my opinion the last option "by" would be incorrect because "by" should be used for the Subject who actually performs the action. like

"The video was shot by John, (which has nothing to do with the quality being poor).

But here we are talking about the device that was used to shoot the video.

I think "with" and "through" both are correct options. because the video was shot "with the help of" a cell phone camera, or through a cell phone camera.

Please give your expert opinion.

Best regards,
Aamir the Global Citizen
 

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"With" is the best option. 'By' is possible despite your good argument.
'Through' would be appropriate if this was a technical discussion about lenses.
 

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The other possibility is "shot using a cell phone".
 

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True, but I guess "using" isn't a preposition. That's why I didn't include it in the options.
 

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"With" is the best option. 'By' is possible despite your good argument.
'Through' would be appropriate if this was a technical discussion about lenses.

How about the phrase "through the eye of" a cell phone.

I think in this case we won't say "through the eye of a cell phone camera", because "the eye" is already referring either to the camera or the lenses. Am I right? Like Let me rephrase my original statement below.

See the world through the eye of a cell phone.

Your expert opinion is needed.:)
 

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"Through the eye of" definitely isn't natural.

I'm surprised that, so far, no one has suggested the preposition I would use - on.

I filmed/videoed it on my phone/mobile.
I took a photo on my phone/mobile.

(Note that BrE uses mobile/mobile phone not cell/cellphone.)

So, for me, the long sentences in post 1 would be "The quality of this video is not good enough because it was filmed on a phone".
 
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