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" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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49 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Take a L for anyone trying to record with a 16GB iPhone...

33. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

That's not the only problem. Is it just me or is this a very convoluted non intuitive way of changing app settings. iOS is touted as user friendly?

46. Tizo101

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I think it's logical like the old Nokia phones but it is in fact tedious.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; 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: 31274; 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: 574; 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: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

28. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; 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.

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

720p Looks Good But FHD,QHD,And UHD Look Better, That's Why.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What happens when you share them, and they compress to VGA quality? How much better do they look then? 1080p and 4K will look basically the same on your phone, it's when you mirror them, you see the difference. Basically 4K is only of benefit with an HDMI cable. Enjoy your day.

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

When You Share Them It Depends On Where You Are Sharing Them To If The Resolution Will Actually Get Compressed.

14. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Good point Jaden. 4k content downscaled to 1080p tho is a godsend in some ways, haha

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL Thx And Yeah It Can Be.

16. Furbal unregistered

I share my 4k through onedrive. senseless to captures moments in a lower resolution just so you can mms it

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's onedrive

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Something you don't have on iOS ;)

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31274; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, but I do own a Note 5 dumb ass. I wasn't asking you either. As I said before, you're dismissed.

30. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Lol oops my bad, but let me stay a little longer, please?

34. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Man, you aren't very mature if you're constantly throwing around 'dumbass' at every sensible response you get on the internet. You're too old for the comments section, son.

40. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

The fu** is up your ass today. Stop treating people like s**t.

42. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Onedrive Is Microsoft's Cloud Storage.

43. Furbal unregistered

What archfiend stated, microsofts cloud storage. Its on every platform, so makes it easier to keep your library organized. I have photos uploaded to it from android/wp/iphone etc, then saved to a couple computers in my house.

38. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

A lot of people like to keep their videos for future viewing. Like a family album. My videos upload in native format to google photos until I run out of storage, thereafter it will compress to 1080p, which is better than shooting and uploading in 1080p. I organise my uploads into 'albums' aka folders. People around me are so grateful when I still have great scenes from 2010/2012 from road trips, work events and general family treats etc. All in the cloud. I have a 1440p Gsync IPS display which will see an upgrade to 4K in the next couple years. I know there to be quite a lot of people who like to save their photos. If you have the Note 5, doesn't it output via mhl cable or something to your monitor? Plus, if you upload to youtube, then that would be a huge bonus to upload in 4K res. You have the latest tech hardware because I'm assuming that like me you crave the top end and being relevant, so why not do the same for when capturing content?

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