Google says Pixel 4 doesn't do 4K 60fps video since the files get huge, do you agree?

Google says Pixel 4 doesn't do 4K 60fps video since the files get huge, do you agree?
We knew from all the leaked Pixel 4 and 4 XL spec sheets that the phones won't support 4K video recording with the trendy 60fps definition that kind of defines "flagship" handsets, and when Google announced the new Pixels, it basically confirmed the speculation by listing only 4K 30fps in the camera app options.

You might be a bit miffed why would a phone that is dubbed as camera-centric miss what high-end handsets from Apple and Samsung have as a feature, and with a good reason. Google, however, begs to differ, and explains why it didn't put that much focus on pushing the video recording envelope to its extremes. 

We kid, as experimental 8K recording modes on phones like the new Nubia Z20 are what we'd call extreme footage, but it does have the newer Snapdragon 855+ chipset, as opposed to the 855 in the Pixel, and only lists the 8K recording as a "beta" options at 15fps at that.

Google, on the other hand, is adamant that the vast majority of users record in 1080p, and 4K is space- and resource-gobbling hog that doesn't realistically need to go above the regular 30fps mark. 


We'd have to say that 4K 30fps is a good tradeoff between file size and playback or transfer compatibility, so Google might have a point here. On the other hand, Apple has been doing flawless 4K 60fps recording for quite a while but it does employ a homebrew and iOS-tailored chipset line to allow it, while Google can't have that luxury. What do you think, is 4K 30fps a good enough ceiling for video recording?

Do you record in 4K 60fps with your phone?

No
45.73%
Sometimes
24.79%
Often
25.21%
4K what?
4.27%

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Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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30 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1497; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Just built more of those cloud storage servers greedy google.

2. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

All the more reason to have a memory card slot.

9. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

I never buy smartphones that don't have the SD card slot. I don't necessarily shoot 4K videos, but I use the extra storage space instead of the spying cloud services. And the best part is that I don't need a internet connection or even cables.

3. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I would just like to know from those who record in 4k... Why?

13. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

I have a 4k Samsung TV and I play my 4K videos on it :) It's nice watching my recorded videos on a 55 inch display.

17. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

4k TV playback.

20. rsiders

Posts: 1988; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

One because our phones are capable of it. Two because it's great for those content creators who want to do slow motion at 4k quality and slow 60 frames down to 24 or 30 frames without sacrificing quality. Also I just thing technology is moving forward everywhere but Google deliberately makes choices to just maintain the basics and throw excellent software on top.

26. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I prefer to record in higher quality 1080p. My phone has a max bitrate of 100mbps, which is the max option whether I choose to record in 1080p or 4k. That means the 4k footage is going to be more compressed.

27. ev0trix

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

Same reason why you would want to shoot your photos in the highest quality. I am pretty sure Google is trying to justify their hardware vs. other flagships saying "you don't need X". Seems pretty apple-ish to me...

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Maybe their users would record in 4K if they actually offered non-pathetic storage options.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. Google has really dropped the ball with the Pixel 4 series and storage options.

5. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

With just 64GB as base storage and 128GB is the MAX option, they are bound to limit the fps. With 128GB base and upto 512GB storage options, 4K@60fps will not be a major issue, imho...

22. rsiders

Posts: 1988; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ha I thought the same thing but let me tell you about Filmic Pro.lol I have 180gb of photos and videos on my OnePlus 7 Pro and I can guarantee you most of that is video. This is soon to be backed up and deleted though but it's nice to not have to rely on the cloud for all that data.

6. shiv179

Posts: 177; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

LOL imagine doing 4K 60fps video on an iPhone with just 64 GB storage!!!

10. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Actually I do, and I have icloud storage. Stupid for you not to know that apple provide icloud storage options for convenience of accessing it on any devices. Oh wait, android rely fron SD and soon will be gone. Pity!

15. XP007

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

Don't you know that Google provides free cloud storage of 15GB while Apple only gives 5GB? And if you are willing to pay they even provide cloud storage with a capacity of 30TB while as far as I know the maximum capacity provided by apple is only 2TB. So i guess you're the fool for not knowing that Google provides better services than Apple in terms of cloud storage. And Google services are available for Android, iOS, Mac or Windows PC.

19. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

So you're saying you bought the peasant iPhone.

23. midan

Posts: 3097; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No-one force you to keep those 4K videos on your device after you took them. So i don't see the problem. People who would take 4K 60fps are people who more likely going to edit them later with their Mac or PC. So they will transfer those videos to their computer.

7. Pcworld1976

Posts: 184; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

4k 60 fps video quality is doubtful

8. Borh77

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

That's a stupid excuse. Google gives so little storage in its Pixel supposedly because with cloud storage we don't need local storage. But it seems cloud storage is useless when we want to film.

11. saddameu

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

they don't offer it because of their s**tty storage and video encoding. 4k monitors and tvs are already main stream so not being able to take advantage of 4k 60fps is dumb. I always keep my video to 4k 60 fps unless there are very poor light conditions in which case i switch to 30fps since 60fps look bad in very low light.

12. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

1. Thats why Samsung and other OEM's give you 128gb minimum in their flagships. 2. That's why we have SD card's. SD cards>Cloud storage

14. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

4K HDR (10, 10+, HLG) > 4K SDR That is a fact ..... If you do not agree, means you are jealous your phone does not have HDR.

16. XP007

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

For general consumers HLG is more important than other standards.

21. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I know it is much better when it comes to compatibility.

18. MsPooks

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

They're right; files are huge and you need a flagship that can actually handle them. But the other, unspoken, reason is: video recording is horrible on Pixels to begin with.

24. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

This poll is going to be super skewed considering most people don't have devices that can do 4K @ 60fps. Default answer is going to be "No".

28. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 38; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Nevertheless - their onboard storage is an absolute joke.

29. HildyJ

Posts: 341; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Ultimately, if you're concerned about resolution or frame rates you should get a camera. Phones, all phones, have lousy optical zooms, poor lens selection, limited chip size, and little manual control of f-stops. All of those things are more important to the finished product than 4k 60fps.

30. Rahulkaw001

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 22, 2019

it supports 4k in my google pixel

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