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How to record slow motion video on iPhone 5s and Android’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, S4, HTC One and Moto X

How to record slow motion video on iPhone 5s and Android’s Samsung Galaxy Note 3, S4, HTC One and Moto X

Did you know that you could record slow motion Matrix-style videos right on your smartphone? 

While Apple has made slo-mo video capture a known feature on its iPhone 5s, a similar slow motion video recording option is present on top-shelf Android devices.

Slo-mo on iPhone 5s

Slo-mo on iPhone 5s

How do you turn on slow motion video recording on Android and iOS?

Apple


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. 

Switching to slow motion video capture on the iPhone 5s is really simple - just open the camera application and swipe to the right until you reach the ‘slo-mo’ red circle. 

Just tap on it to start recording glorious 120 frames per second slow motion at 1280 x 720 pixel HD resolution. And that's it! Apple does not hide the neat new feature in lists, menus and submenus. Actually, we can bet on the fact that most iPhone 5s users know about slo-mo and have used it at least ones.

Interestingly, Android differs a lot. While many of the best Android phones have the feature, many owners don't know about it. Read on to find the hidden slo-mo recording on Android.

Samsung


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). 

There, finally, you’d see the ‘Slow motion’ option - just tap on it and you’re done! Samsung’s devices come with the neat option to adjust the slow motion effect speed to ⅛, ¼, or ½. Recordings happen in 720p as well. You can even record ‘Fast motion’, but that’s a topic of a different discussion.

Slo-mo on Galaxy Note 3

Slo-mo on Galaxy Note 3


Motorola


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

Slo-mo on Moto X

LG


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. 

That’s all it takes! Yes, you have to know your way around with video editors, but the effort will be worth it - after all, you’d get full HD 1080p slow motion footage, and that’s something no other phone has built right in its camera.

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

HTC


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.

Others


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.

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posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:23 2

1. JunitoNH (Posts: 756; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I have the iPhone 5S and the Moto X, amongst my collections; iPhone does a better job in the framing department, also in the audio recording quality slo.....w...ly. Don't know anyone with a S4. Anyone, can the S4 record video as well as the audio?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:54 1

3. Brodrick30 (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


The Galaxy S4 records the video with no audio

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 20:29 2

14. steedsofwar (Posts: 50; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


The LG G2 plays videos in slow and plays the audio slow too.

just record in 60fps, then play in the default player in the camera app, press menu and select play speed.

posted on 12 Jan 2014, 21:45

17. sgodsell (Posts: 346; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The moto g records and plays slow motion video as well.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 01:46

18. RussianLondoner (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


what resolution? frames per second? any sound?
thanks

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 10:47

2. Antimio (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


Nexus? Anyone? My iPhone 4 was excluded for this feature :(

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 01:47

19. RussianLondoner (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Does Nexus 5 records slow motion as well? frames per second? 720p? any sound?

Thanks

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:08 1

4. xfire99 (Posts: 366; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Iphone 5S do have the best slo mo video recording feature of all and there are also an app at appstore named Slowcam by Luckyclan that do the same thing. So IP5S is not only the iphone that can do slo mo recording.
https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/id711410659?mt=8&affId=1736887

Too bad that arent any app that do same thing to Android devices.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:23

5. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


I used it once on my Moto X and was not impressed. I will most likely not use it again.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 11:24

6. hellonerds (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I have a note 3 and when I try to upload it in instagram it won't due to wrong format.. anyone know why ?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 14:50 1

9. theaztech (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)


You can't upload it directly. You have to exported and then change format. I know because I have a note 3. On the iphone 5s you can't upload it directly either. But it's easier to upload. You just email it to yourself,download it, and then share it

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 16:06

11. hellonerds (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Cool thanks.. I uploaded it on youtube and download it and works also but email should be better plus it's like 4/5+mb only. .

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 12:45

7. johneevo (Posts: 4; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


My 2 year old HTC Rezound has a slow motion video setting. I have no idea how well it works since I haven't tried yet. So does that mean the Rezound is a "top shelf Android device"?

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 13:08 1

8. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I had slow motion recording on my lg viewty about five years ago,you recorded in 120fps and playback in 30fps thus getting the slow mo. The resolution it recorded may seem poor now but it was cutting edge in its day. There were the times that Lg was really ahead of the rest,the Lg prada being the worst first unveiled touchscreen phone!

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 15:13

10. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 165; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


The iPhone 5s slomo recorder is really nice. The crisp 120 fps with slowed down sound is way beyond what the others have available, at least natively. I was really impressed by the quality of the video.

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 16:59

12. joseram695 (Posts: 45; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Im aware that my S4 had this mode but are they sure it's 720 p doesn't seem like it

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 20:26 2

13. steedsofwar (Posts: 50; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Hey Victor H, great article there.

The LG G2 method is simpler than you described. No editors required.

record (at 60fps setting)
press play
press menu
select 'play speed'
press down to select slower speeds

posted on 10 Jan 2014, 22:45

15. vinayryder13 (Posts: 3; Member since: 29 May 2013)


nexus 5????

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 01:10

16. izim1 (Posts: 68; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Hahaha Damn that's some purple tint on the HTC one. You guys do know HTC fixes that under warranty right?

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