Unlocking your iPhone, or any other smartphone for that matter, is not essential for maximizing the functionality of its photo or video camera. It also won’t affect your choice of camera stabilizer should you decide to get one. Usually, the choice to fiddle with the practically idiot-proof iPhone is triggered by carrier exclusivity. In the United States for example, the iPhone has a tie-up with AT&T and cannot be used as is with other networks. Subscribers to other networks who want this particular mobile phone will have to have it unlocked in order for the rival providers’ SIM cards to work in the device. While theoretically this doesn’t matter at all with regard to using your iPhone’s camera for recording footage, if your phone won’t function properly, using its camera for videography might not pan out either. Also, there’s the matter of instant gratification—sharing video clips online as soon as you can. If your iPhone is locked, your carrier will most likely be blocked and will render you iPhone useless. Unlocking an iPhone means severing the technological tie shared by the unit and the carrier. When an iPhone is unlocked, it can be used with any carrier network in and outside the United States. Other than trying to escape the pre-programmed network for cost, convenience, or coverage quality considerations, unlocking your iPhone won’t affect its camera’s capability for shooting video. Unlocked or not, so long as it works with your carrier, you may use it with any and manner of camera stabilization gear, from track sliders, dollies, and tripods to handheld steadicams. The iPhone’s popularity has assured many videography buffs plenty of choices in terms of gear and accessories. Check out all the latest in mini handheld camera stabilizers and sliders from popular makers such as Glidecam, Tiffen, Lensse, Glide Gear, Hague, Merlin and many more.