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Smartphones with 4K video recording - just how many of them are there?

Smartphones with 4K video recording - just how many of them are there?
Recording 4K video with a smartphone camera was not possible a couple of years ago. However, starting 2013, after Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset became available to manufacturers, the first 4K-capable handsets appeared, allowing users to brag with yet another feature that slightly older high-end smartphones didn’t have.

Although 4K is technically defined as 4096 x 2160 pixels, it’s widely accepted for resolutions of 3840 x 2160 pixels (Ultra HD) to be referred to as 4K. 

We wanted to see just how many smartphones currently have the ability to record video at this ultra-high resolution, and found quite many of them. So we made a list, including only handsets that feature native 4K video recording. Check them all out in the slideshow below, and let us know if you have any favorites. 

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posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:11

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Do any of these phones offer optical and/or digital stabilization when recording 4K video?

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:15

2. AeroPrime (Posts: 175; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Good question.lol

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:28 9

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Note 4 does for sure.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:03

10. vincelongman (Posts: 3974; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


The Nexus 5 with Lollipop can do 8MP raw photos at 30 fps (most camera record at 24 or 30 fps)
That's almost 4K but not quite (4K is ~8.3MP and 16:9)

I can't wait to see the Note 4 with Lollipop (and Z3 as well)
It might be able to take 16MP raw photos at 30 fps or maybe 4K at 60 fps (though heat may be an issue)

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 02:44 1

34. tech2 (Posts: 3326; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Actually all the phones fitted with OIS will offer stabilization.

It doesn't matter what mode it is but just the way how camera is built. Even when you turn off the stabilization from settings of a phone with OIS you actually only turn off the digital stabilization and not OIS. OIS can't be turned off

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:34

5. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


LG G3 and G Pro 2?...

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:47 2

7. Busyboy (unregistered)


G3 and Pro 2 only utilize OIS on stills.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:51 4

8. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Well that's dumb...

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:32

13. Thamalke (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


Android side..

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:56 2

15. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Wherever did you get that information from? The G3 and G Pro 2 use OIS+, meaning that they combine the OIS with EIS/DIS (electronic/digital image stabilization) for their video. Heck, even the G2 uses it's OIS for video. No company would use OIS for their stills only.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 08:09 1

40. Busyboy (unregistered)


Your such a fool. OIS is only used for stills, software/digital stabilization isn't OIS. Educate yourself before commenting.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:57

28. Phonedingo (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


That can't be right. They probably are only able to apply software stabilization to stills.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 00:46 1

30. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


And tell me how software stabilization works on photos? OIS = Photos as well as videos. DIS = Videos only.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 01:11

32. Phonedingo (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


I'm not sure what or why you're asking me. I'm agreeing with you.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 02:33

33. kent-gaga (Posts: 476; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


on some devices you also get DIS on photos but they just simply boost the ISO and reduce the shutter speed

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:16 2

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Z2 steady Shot

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:31 2

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Which is not OIS.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:56 3

26. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Your point? He asked if any of these offered optical OR digital stabilization... Open your eyes buddy.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 03:24 2

36. Genza (Posts: 537; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Yeah but the digital SteadyShot in Z2 is more stable than some phones with 2 axis OIS like the G3.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-vs_63djpGM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9oR6ttj6C8

And if we look at this video comparison it seems that the OIS in Note 4 does not look impressive as well.
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=te07bbAD7Ks

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 03:40

37. aavesh (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Yes lenovo vibe z2 pro has ois

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:19 3

3. darkoman4 (Posts: 159; Member since: 30 May 2014)


why not mention Moto X 2014

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:42

25. irbaaz (Posts: 162; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


My G2 also can record at 4K...

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 06:59

39. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Moto X is the 7th one.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:35

6. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


im just sorry for HTC,well maybe next year you'll get pic on here...thought the HTC M8 can do 4K.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 21:53 5

9. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


M8 can't do 4K because 4K is just over 8-megapixels, and the M8's camera is just a measly 4-megapixels...

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:37 4

24. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


#justultrapixelthings

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:22 1

11. lalalaman (Posts: 627; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Honorable mentions:moto x 2014 and lumia 830, 930, 1520 after denim update

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:26 2

12. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


4k on a phone is stupid. Too much memory being taken up with horrible bitrate

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:36

14. xpress.music (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)


yeah! i mean if you want to shoot a better 4k resolution with a good bitrate go get a decent camera that can shoot real 4k videos.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:35 2

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You should probably look at the Note 4's 4K video capabilities. Superior to anything else on the market. I'll agree on the large file sizes, but at this day and age where Google Drive and Dropbox are practically handing out free storage to everyone, it really isn't an issue.

I shot all my videos in 4K when I had the Note 3 and never ran out of space.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 00:40

29. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Didn't you find that the videos were less stable? I mean the only reason I wouldn't shoot in 4K on the Note 3 is because of the stabilization (unless there is a tripod, which is not all that often, for me at least), which forces me to choose 1080p with stabilization. How did you find it?

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 03:49 1

38. slh163 (Posts: 138; Member since: 19 May 2014)


that's way you have sd card up to 128 gb in galaxy phones so you'r not stuck with your internal memory

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 22:57 3

16. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Of course, Samsung having the most phones and the largest range of phones to be able to shoot 4K. Why did PA not mention that the SD800 version of the Note 3 was the first 4K capable phone to be released? Oh wait, don't answer that.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:16 1

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


bcoz Acer announced liquid s2 one day before note 3

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:33 3

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Announced =/= released.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:30

19. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


What the point of shooting in 4K when you have a 1080p phone... smh

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:33 5

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


PA just published an article on this. You should probably read it and see how fast you'll jump on the 4K side of life.

posted on 19 Oct 2014, 23:56

27. Phonedingo (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


G flex can, Z1 and the compact supposedly got it in an update. The Moto X 2014,

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 00:59 3

31. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Z1 got it from XDA, so not officially ;)

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 03:02 1

35. sfkaudi (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


My Z2 does it more than 10 min

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 20:01

41. TeeHee12 (Posts: 15; Member since: 04 May 2014)


OnePlus One has 4K video recording

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 22:07

42. tankifycation (Posts: 20; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Indeed, weird it wasn't included.

posted on 20 Jul 2015, 01:54

43. StanleyG88 (Posts: 229; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Motorola Droid Turbo - 4K / 24 fps video (missing from list, also not on 2015 list)

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