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?

Related phones

Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)
Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 400; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Damn Nexus back at again being a boss in the slow motion videos.

2. Unordinary unregistered

Came here thinking there was a slow motion shot of a real wolf. I was sadly mistaken.

3. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Life is pain.

4. Unordinary unregistered

This is true. Anyway, have any experience shooting with these awesome phones? How do you like it?

5. mittals888

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 19, 2008

Am i the only one who cannot seem to have to slider to adjust the FPS after shooting the video? 6P on stock

6. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

6P slow mo is terrible... I took this with it and can't stand the quality. https://youtu.be/WhsP1PY5qlo

7. MotoFoner

Posts: 34; Member since: May 11, 2015

Slo-mo is awesome on mine. Are you sure that's taken from a 6P?

9. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

MF, Yeah, the 6P. here is the screen record of more nexus 6p results:https://youtu.be/TA7e1Eun24I I spent a week trying to convince myself to keep it. I really liked the design. The fingerprint sensor was amazing, the dual speakers were great.. but the camera was dead, all stock apps crashed on me.. things i didn't like as well was there no close all recent apps in the recent app screen, and more. I couldn't bank on hoping for patches to all the things i found a personal disappointment before my trial was up, so i traded it in the store for the Note 5. The 6 P was an incredible phone out of the box, but a run through killed me on it.

8. smash

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

RMA that phone

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