How to shoot slow motion video on the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

How to shoot slow motion video on the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
Traditionally, Nexus phones have been anything but great at snapping photos and shooting video. Fortunately, this changed last year, when Google released the Nexus 6P (manufactured by Huawei) and Nexus 5X (made by LG), both of which come with the same new 12.3 MP rear camera - not only that this camera takes great photos, but it's also capable of shooting 4K, and slow motion video.

The Nexus 6P can record slow motion video at up to 240 FPS (frames per second), while the Nexus 5X only goes up to 120 FPS. Both, however, are limited to shooting 720p (720 x 1280 pixels) video when doing this.

It's simple to record slow motion video on any of the two new Nexus handsets. The phones come with Google's latest stock Camera app, which may not offer a myriad of features, but it's straightforward and easy to use. 

When you first open the Camera app on the Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X, you're in photo mode. Just swipe to the right to go to video mode - you'll notice that some of the on screen buttons change when you do this. Once you're in video mode, you'll see a semicircle icon next to the flash icon, in the upper right corner - that's what you have to tap in order to enable slow motion recording. After you tap the semicircle icon, you can start recording (by hitting the dedicated red button).

Note that, when shooting in slow motion, the output video will be darker than what you get when you shoot at 30 FPS. Thus, for best results, you should make sure that the scene is well lit. When you're done recording, play the video, and tap anywhere on the screen to edit it and select what part of it you want to be in slow motion. Of course, if you want, the entire video can be in slow motion - there's a slider that lets you adjust the start and end time of slow motion. 

Let us know if you're using slow mo recording on your Nexus, okay?

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3450 mAh
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