Poll results: Do you shoot 4K video with your smartphone at all?
posted by Luis D. / Jul 29, 2015, 9:50 AM
It turns out that we weren't just being cranky and acting silly, as an overwhelming 73.7% of readers who voted (1270 of them, to be precise) still stick to 1080p or lower resolutions for shooting video. Why is that? Well, our users cited largely the same concerns in the comments sections. It's mostly the way hi-fidelity 4K video streams seem to eat storage for breakfast. However, users who record short videos and/or have spacious microSD cards don't mind firing up the ol' 4K video capture mode every once in a while!
It seems it will take another few years for 4K recording to become a true mainstay, even though the technology is already here. But more and faster memory, cheaper 4K TV sets, and improved camera optics and algorithms will go a long way towards making everyone with a 4K-capable smartphone actually put the feature to use.
Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 17, 2015
I have an aging galaxy s5 and I forgot it even had 4K recording.. I never use it because all my monitors and TVs are 1080p and already are super beautiful so I really see no point..
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 10:01 AM 4
Posts: 451; Member since: Mar 22, 2015
4K video displayed on a 1080p screen still looks better than 1080p video displayed on a 1080p screen. I would assume the biggest reason people don't record in 4k is because of file size.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 10:18 AM 5
Posts: 548; Member since: May 26, 2011
I'd probably say one of the biggest reasons if not the biggest is the fact that most people have aging phones that simply don't support it. For those that do have the ability to record in 4K, they probably don't because of the file size, unless they have a lot of memory to spare.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 9:22 PM 0
Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015
I don't, besides on the s6 you lose OIS with any resolution higher than 1080p and I would prefer the added stability over the added resolution.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 10:09 AM 1
Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 19, 2014
Well, another victim of that stupid PA article. You don't loose OIS, probably OIS is even inactive for video recording for any resolution, because, contrary to PA [and other semi knowledgeable] "experts" OIS is of little use for video [do research, things are complex to explain them in few sentences, bu easy to understand for moderately smart people]. You lose digital stabilisation, which is by far more important for video. To PA "experts":: OIS is no f***ing SteadiCam!
posted on Jul 30, 2015, 12:18 AM 0
Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013
4K will useful when we all have 4K TVs
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 10:18 AM 0
Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013
Thats why I shoot my videos in 4K now, so I can enjoy them in the future. Just waiting for price on 4K OLED to drop a bit more, next year or so :D Until then I hope OEMs start use h265 encoding for 4K.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 11:06 AM 1
Posts: 1142; Member since: Apr 12, 2012
Yep, barely do 4K on my Note 4, mainly because you lose Optical Stabilisation and because many of my friends use iPhones with low data plans meaning I can't Bluetooth a 4K video to them due to iPhone not supporting BT File Transfer or send via data network due to their data plans. I do shoot 4K now and then and it is stunning.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 11:19 AM 1
Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010
You lose electronic stabilization. The hardware stabilization still works regardless as it doesn't rely on processing power.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 11:23 AM 2
Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011
So your post was actually to dis the iPhone lol :D
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 11:32 AM 2
Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011
I love shooting in 4k with my G4. There is a differance in detail from 4k to 1080p. Problem is none of my videos will play on my PS4 or my laptop because they are not 4k. So I just shoot in 1080p. Hoping to get me a 4K HDTV soon.
posted on Jul 29, 2015, 12:20 PM 0
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