Do you shoot 4K video with your smartphone at all?

Do you shoot 4K video with your smartphone at all?
In early 2013, mobile device makers got ahold of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset and no later than February that same year did the first 4K-capable handset show up on the market - the Acer Liquid S2. Today, all Snapdragon 800 series-powered smartphones have the processing grunt necessary to take videos in a retina-gorging 3840 x 2160 pixels (Ultra HD) resolution.

That's great and all, but do you actually care?

We wanted to politely ask this question, because frankly, 4K video on smartphones has failed to impress us. There's no doubt that 4K will become the ubiquitous hi-definition standard in the years ahead, and we have zero against that. But right now, 4K video produced by our lovable handsets can be blocky, enormous in file size, no longer than 5 minutes (because the chipset and camera sensors inside may melt, right before the point at which your internal storage vanishes), and unplayable on devices that can't handle the high fidelity.

With so many compromises involved in something as simple and enjoyable as filming an exciting experience, it's no wonder some resort to ditching 4K's improvement in fidelity in exchange for decent-looking, reasonably sized 1080p videos of unlimited length. We realize that maybe we're just being cranky here, but we genuinely want to learn about your opinions on 4K video recording at this point in time. Vote away, and share your sentiments in the comments section below!

Do you shoot 4K video with your smartphone at all?

Yes - I like my videos in ultra high definition
26.3%
No - 1080p (or below) is still hi-def enough for me
73.7%

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46 Comments

1. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I made a 4k video of my dog to test it and then a month later it passed away. Now I have the best possible way to remember it.

10. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Lot's of people who voted for NO doesn't have the 4K recording in their phone....

13. cyborg009

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 17, 2011

I voted NO, have 4k on my phone.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why don't you shoot in VGA resolution, 640 X 480! That's already plenty of pixels for the human eyes. Don't know the answer. The reason is simple, the majority already has a Full HD display and view VGA resolution content on FullHD display SUCK! In a few years 4K TV will be the norm, and viewing your FullHD recording would not be that great either, imagine 20 years down the road. For me, important video should be capture at the highest possible resolution so that it will benefit your next generation.

27. Roshi unregistered

Haha, looks like your account's been hacked by TechieXP lol. For now 4K videos eats a lot of storage. Maybe some years later when much more storage is available and the video size reduced with some compression 4K will be norm for sure.

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I said important video. If storage concern overrules it than it must be not important enough.

36. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If you want to capture at the highest possible resolution for your offspring, I might suggest you to use a DSLR instead. The 1080p recorded by those camera has way more depth to it comparing to phone camera. I compared my Z2 4k video against my Sony A5000 camera at 1080p, the video quality from a DSLR is still way better.

40. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The reason vga "sucks" on a 1080p screen is because of the size of the screen. If you bought your fhd tv on the distance you'll be watching it from you won't see any pixels on fhd movies. Usually people buy as big as possible and then you'll see pixels even on fhd quality. With 4k the screen will just get bigger not the quality per se. If you buy a fhd tv in the same size as your wvga screen you almost won't see a difference on Wvga content

39. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I also have it but don't use it either

37. buccob

Posts: 2948; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

In my case it depends on the occasion... Most of the time in 1080, sometimes in 720 when I know it's going to be long... BUT the best use I've found for 4K recording is when I'm far and need to zoom in the picture and still get somewhat a clear image... 2-3X still looks great Great stuff to have.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes i record 4K and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 with my phone :)

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

How good is Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 on a phone? Can you clearly hear the separation? Didn't know it was available on phones, that's really cool it is 5.1 in movies and TV shows is far more immersive compared stereo For me 1080p 60 fps > 4K 30 fps I'd like to see some 4K 60 fps capable phones But that's probably not coming soon

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

True, i also record 4K 30 fps, and DDP 5.1 sound is awsome!

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea it may be subtle to some But for me, I can longer watch TV or movies on my TV I always download 1080p with 5.1 audio and use SVP to emulate 60 fps

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia Lumia 1520 can record DDP 5.1! To my knowlegde the Nokia Lumia 930 and 1520 are the only 2 phones in the world that can record DDP 5.1. Man it's awsome, i went to a concert and the recorded sound quality is just amazing! You can clearly hear the separation between the instruments and singer. My friends with their iphones were blown away, because the sound they recorded was just crap, and too noisy!

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5601; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sorry, I actually meant directional separation E.g. the object moving from your top left, to straight in front of you, to your top right, to your bottom right and then to your bottom left I've heard Nokia does have to best mics in phones

16. Shuhailnp

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

Which phone ?

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

For my usage, I don't see a reason why not.

4. techneo

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

memory constrains prevent me from doing a 4k. Bane of fixed 16GB internal memory phones.

5. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

No - 720p is still hi-def enough for me (and consumes less storage).

6. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I don't shoot in 4K. It looks fantastic, but it eats up so much memory, like 20MB per second. 1080p is enough for me.

9. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

All the time, because I have expandable storage.:)

11. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I'd say 1440p is the sweet spot. You get that extra sharpness, but it doesn't put as much strain on your hardware as 4K does.

14. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

4K is good when downsampling it to 1080p (way better than native 1080p IMO) But I don't use it, it's just too taxing for the cpu plus it hogs a LOT of storage

15. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

have shot only 100-200 videos on my phone.will take time to reach 1080 or 4k.so i havent shot 4k videos yet on my phone :D

18. Shocky unregistered

Most of my videos are fairly short so yes I always record in 4K when possible. I can always edit video later if I need a lower resolution. The only mode I never use is 1080p60fps as it just looks weird.

19. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Maximum I could record is 1080p. Wish I had 4K though. Film in 4K downgrade it to 1080p. It will look better than stock 1080p footage from the same camera. MKBHD shoots in 6K downgrades it to 4K and the footage looks stunning even in 360p!

20. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Yep, Been using it a lot on my Note 4 to show my family on my TV (which is also 4k) So of course I've been using it.. Plus it's good that you film stuff to be future proof in terms of monitors/tvs

22. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who wouldn't use 4K to 1080p? Who can't see a major difference between 4K to 1080p? Why would you buy a 4K camera phone if you don't back your 4K video on say an external HDD or your pc HDD? Like come on people get with the times, 4K mobile video recorded totally out does 1080p even when watched on a 1080p tv. People who are complaining about 4K eats memory, well doh! Of course it's gonna, why would you not back up any video resolution video recordings you've done on your mobile to a HDD anyways. So having 4K on my phone is 100% my day resolution, I'll be a fool not to.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30778; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not at all, no use for it and the file size is gigantic.

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