Poll results: Do you shoot 4K video with your smartphone at all?

Poll results: Do you shoot 4K video with your smartphone at all?
Android smaprtphone makers make a big deal out of supporting 4K video recording in their flagship models. But the question is, does anyone really care? A week ago, we asked you the same thing. We also cited our reasons about happily switching to 1080p resolution when the occasion to shoot a video arises. "4K video produced by our lovable handsets can be blocky, enormous in file size, no longer than 5 minutes (because the chipset and camera sensors inside may melt, right before the point at which your internal storage vanishes), and unplayable on devices that can't handle the high fidelity." - we said.

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.

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30 Comments

1. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; 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..

3. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; 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.

11. Shubham412302

Posts: 576; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

most 1080p panels dont support 4k playback

13. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

No 1080p panel would support 4K playback. You need the device its attached to to convert it to 1080p, which pretty much most phones etc can handle.

29. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I forgot about that. For some reason I was thinking about monitors. Even if you have 1080p monitor and play 4K footage on it it'll look a little better than 1080p footage.

21. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

The exact reason I dont use it. However playback on my 4k tv is crisp

26. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 592; 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.

2. JesseJames

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.

28. burekbrigada

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!

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Actually waiting for this 'expert' analysis

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

4K will useful when we all have 4K TVs

12. wargreymon

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.

5. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I currently have a Samsung Un9000 series 4k tv and love doing video in 4k

6. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

I do sometimes and its beautiful!

7. Tizo101

Posts: 538; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

1080p movies look better on my phone than 720p... so I doubt it would be an issue of significance.

8. Tizo101

Posts: 538; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

1080p movies look better on my phone than 720p... so I doubt it would be an issue of significance.

9. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Yes, but not for the reasons stated in the poll. I shoot some of my videos in 4K to be able to zoom in and still get a decent resolution...

10. othmanusse

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Slow motion (120 or 240fps) is more interesting than 4k in smartphone

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not even once. As a matter of fact my edge is set to 720p.

15. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; 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.

16. Supraman21

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.

23. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That explains a lot. So 1080P@60FPS and 4K only stop Digital Stabilisation? I will switch to HD1080P@60FPS then. Thank you so much!

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So your post was actually to dis the iPhone lol :D

22. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lol, its a genuine reason though. If they had Samsungs I'd be shooting 4K all the time! :D

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not me! The file size is huge, and when you send it, it gets compressed to near VGA anyway.

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2575; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Nope. I very rarely take video to begin with, but it's not even something I've considered.

20. theBankRobber

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.

25. nscian2

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

Honestly, I did it once for fun other than that, no

27. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I wish I had the eye sight these people have. I can't tell a difference really. 1080p good enough for me until I get some lasik done.

30. fahad_wajid

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I think 1080p video is enough but the frame rate should be increase to 60fps or 120fps in 1080p mode in every mobile specially in mid rangers

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