How to shoot 4K video with the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus


It was bound to happen sooner or later. For the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple finally made the jump from an 8MP main camera to something with a two-digit megapixel count – a 12MP cam adorns the back sides of both handsets. The new image sensor should produce clearer, more detailed images compared to its predecessor. A boost in focusing speed and accuracy is also expected due to the larger number of Focus Pixels. And no less importantly, the 6s and 6s Plus can shoot video in 4K – a resolution way beyond 1080p; one that was technically impossible to achieve with previous iPhone models as there simply weren't enough horizontal pixels available.

But how do you shoot 4K video with an iPhone 6s anyway? Well, an iPhone veteran should have already figured out what knobs he needs to turn to enable the new high-res video mode. However, those who don't know their way around an iPhone as well might have difficulties enabling 4K video mode on their handset. So, we thought we'd help. 

Before we proceed further, a disclaimer is due – 4K video takes up a lot of storage space. Like, a lot. Three minutes of 4K footage shot on an iPhone 6s eat up one gigabyte of storage space. That is why you must be absolutely sure that your iPhone has enough free space to store whatever you'll be recording. Go to Settings > General > Storage & iCloud Usage to see how many gigs you have available. 16GB iPhone 6s users, feel free to give 4K video recording a try, but our advice is to stick with 1080p as your default video setting.

With that out of the way, let us shoot some 4K video. The mode is enabled from the Settings menu. Open it, scroll down to Photos & Camera, find the Record Video setting, and change it to 4K at 30 frames per second. And that's it! Your iPhone is now configured to shoot 4K videos, and a "4K" label should be present in the camera app to indicate that. From now on, the videos that you shoot will be more detailed, as you'll surely notice when you zoom in with a pinch gesture. Plus, 4K videos are much more suitable for editing and post-processing due to their overall better quality. 

If you don't see that much of a difference, or if you're low on storage space, you may go back to the 1080p setting once you've had your 4K fun. Just open Settings > Photos & Camera and switch back to 1080p video resolution at 30 frames per second.

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 APL0898, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1715 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2750 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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49 Comments

49. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Making a 4K capable phone and STILL they're doing a 16gb model which gives you about 40 minutes at 4K.

48. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I want them to allow a higher bitrate 1080p, 4K is so unsmooth because the shutter speed is too fast for the framerate you can only shoot in. 1080p 60 is a lot smoother, but the lack of any ND filter ruins 4K :\ At least with a higher bitrate 1080p, you'd be able to upscale to 4K for Youtube and you wont notice the difference.

27. iMichael unregistered

You can thank Apple for 4K video...

31. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

And you can thank my orange for squeezing me out a nice drink.

37. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iMichael, really dude?

45. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

looks like a dropout from troll university

21. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

8 mp is great !! For that I need more mp camera, 4K is a trick to 4k recording I need ?? Some s**t with your own s**t ...

19. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

how to record 4k with a 6s. YOU DON'T LOL No IOS because they don't want to make the phone 3cm bigger

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You Know For Ios To Be So Simple Looking Its Actually Harder To Find And Use It Features Than The Feature Packed Android. Why Not Just Make It So You Can Change The Resolution In the Camera App.

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because Apple is stupid!

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because Apple is stupid!

10. DialtoneHumm

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Apple isn't that smart in some areas.

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Its something how you have to GO out of the app to find and determine your resolution. It being integrated would be a lot smoother

20. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

lol FAIL!

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No iFAIL! LOL.

39. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Now you're asking Apple to use common sense. DON'T...

44. nodes

Posts: 1165; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

and yet Android flagships are limited to only 5 mins 4K video recording. shame, because all people are screaming "flexibility, open, and less restriction" of Android.

47. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

And yet you need to do your homework or troll harder because android can record over 20 minutes of 4k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz0h88FdNv4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BfBakhs8To Over 10 minutes above and more. Besides, who uses their phone for video recording THAT long? Better to get a purpose built camera for that.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have my vid recording set at 720p, and I have a 128 gigster. Why go with these crazy high rez vids, when as soon as you try to send them, they'll be compressed to near VGA. 720p looks good when showing someone, and sends very easily thru MMS, email, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Maybe because...#teamcrispy We got eggs and bacon sizzlin on the stove to be served fresh!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I prefer to talk to people, who want to talk intelligently about tech. Please go way, and be stupid elsewhere.

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Come on man. Why you gotta be rude? We can talk tech if you want, just trying to make peoples day a little better with some humor. I ain't dumb...well, good day.

23. Omarc07

Posts: 590; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Agree u ain't dumb ,just cuz some people don't have a sense of humor don't let it ruin your day.

17. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

He made a joke, and he did it in a friendly way. You should apologize.

18. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Its all good my man. Seems like jeddi isn't having a good mood, usually we're in good terms tho! Thanks for the support :)

35. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

LOL Anytime bro! I just can't stand jackasses on the internet but wouldn't do s**t if confronted. All you did was make a joke on a damn tech blog, and this dude is calling you stupid, just because he can't interpret what you are saying. He can "go away" with that big ass head of his.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wish the f**k I would apologize!!!!!!!

28. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You seem really calm.

32. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Time of the month for this lass

36. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Take this L bro.

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