Slo-mo on iPhone 5s
First, let’s start with the iPhone 5s, the first and only iPhone to support slo-mo capture. Apple touted slow motion recording on its 2013 flagship as the second coming and for a good reason - it's an awesome feature that would help make your videos look cooler. It's also just fun to play with.
Samsung’s latest top-shelf devices like the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 both support slow-motion recording, but the setting is a bit more obscured. You first have to start the camera app and there, in the top left corner tap on the gear settings icon. Next, a row of small icons will appear and you have to tap on the small camera icon (fifth from right to left).
Slo-mo on Galaxy Note 3
Finally, Motorola’s latest flagship, the Moto X, also support slow motion video recording. Unlike the previous two, Motorola’s ring UI has a clearly visible ‘Slo’ icon that you just have to scroll to. Tap on it, and you can start right away with your Matrix: Reloaded 2 Home Made Edition. The footage will be recorded at 720p and 60 frames per second, though, so the slo-mo effect won’t be all that pronounced as on the previous devices.
Slo-mo on Moto X
The LG G2 is a great cameraphone, but it does not have the slow motion setting built in the camera. Interestingly, this does not mean that you are completely out of luck. It will take a bit more fiddling around, but you can still get the G2 to record your world at a slower pace. For that, you have to go on and shoot 1080p in 60 frames per second. Then, you’d need to have an advanced video editing app that will allow you to import that footage and export it right away at say 25 frames per second.
Actually, you can use the same trick with other phones that support 60fps video recording (like the Note 3) to get the best quality slo-mo!
Slo-mo on HTC One
Slo-mo on HTC One
If you have one of the latest HTC devices like the HTC One or HTC DNA, you’re also covered. The slow motion effect is also buried deep in menus, so follow this closely. First, open the camera app. Once you’re in, tap on the icon with the three dots to open the menu. Next, scroll down to ‘Video capture mode’ and then tap on ‘Scene’. Tapping on it uncovers a hidden (well done with hiding that option, HTC /sarcasm) ‘Slow motion video’ option.
All it takes is tapping on it to get started with the slo-mo recordings! The HTC One records slo-mo in the interesting nearly 480p resolution at around 100 frames per second.
What about the other awesome top-shelf smartphones out there? Sony’s Xperia Z1 took our breath away with its awesome 20-megapixel camera, but it cannot record slow motion out of the box. That’s sad because it runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip and on the same ISP as say the Note 3 (and the Note 3 can), so it’s just something that Sony chose not to enable.
For other phones, if you don’t see the option, and if there’s no 60fps recording option - you’re out of luck. Hey, there is always the app store of your platform, and chances are there is a slo-mo app there (we can't guarantee anything about its quality, though). For all else, we do expect more smartphones to get slo-mo in the near future, so keep your fingers crossed.