Smartphones with 4K video recording - just how many of them are there?

Smartphones with 4K video recording - just how many of them are there?
Recording 4K video with a smartphone camera was not possible a couple of years ago. However, starting 2013, after Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset became available to manufacturers, the first 4K-capable handsets appeared, allowing users to brag with yet another feature that slightly older high-end smartphones didn’t have.

Although 4K is technically defined as 4096 x 2160 pixels, it’s widely accepted for resolutions of 3840 x 2160 pixels (Ultra HD) to be referred to as 4K. 

We wanted to see just how many smartphones currently have the ability to record video at this ultra-high resolution, and found quite many of them. So we made a list, including only handsets that feature native 4K video recording. Check them all out in the slideshow below, and let us know if you have any favorites. 

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43 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Do any of these phones offer optical and/or digital stabilization when recording 4K video?

2. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Good question.lol

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 4 does for sure.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Nexus 5 with Lollipop can do 8MP raw photos at 30 fps (most camera record at 24 or 30 fps) That's almost 4K but not quite (4K is ~8.3MP and 16:9) I can't wait to see the Note 4 with Lollipop (and Z3 as well) It might be able to take 16MP raw photos at 30 fps or maybe 4K at 60 fps (though heat may be an issue)

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Actually all the phones fitted with OIS will offer stabilization. It doesn't matter what mode it is but just the way how camera is built. Even when you turn off the stabilization from settings of a phone with OIS you actually only turn off the digital stabilization and not OIS. OIS can't be turned off

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

LG G3 and G Pro 2?...

7. Busyboy unregistered

G3 and Pro 2 only utilize OIS on stills.

8. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Well that's dumb...

13. Thamalke

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Android side..

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Wherever did you get that information from? The G3 and G Pro 2 use OIS+, meaning that they combine the OIS with EIS/DIS (electronic/digital image stabilization) for their video. Heck, even the G2 uses it's OIS for video. No company would use OIS for their stills only.

40. Busyboy unregistered

Your such a fool. OIS is only used for stills, software/digital stabilization isn't OIS. Educate yourself before commenting.

28. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

That can't be right. They probably are only able to apply software stabilization to stills.

30. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

And tell me how software stabilization works on photos? OIS = Photos as well as videos. DIS = Videos only.

32. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

I'm not sure what or why you're asking me. I'm agreeing with you.

33. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

on some devices you also get DIS on photos but they just simply boost the ISO and reduce the shutter speed

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Z2 steady Shot

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Which is not OIS.

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Your point? He asked if any of these offered optical OR digital stabilization... Open your eyes buddy.

36. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yeah but the digital SteadyShot in Z2 is more stable than some phones with 2 axis OIS like the G3.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-vs_63djpGMhttp://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9oR6ttj6C8 And if we look at this video comparison it seems that the OIS in Note 4 does not look impressive as well.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=te07bbAD7Ks

37. aavesh

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Yes lenovo vibe z2 pro has ois

3. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

why not mention Moto X 2014

25. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

My G2 also can record at 4K...

39. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Moto X is the 7th one.

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

im just sorry for HTC,well maybe next year you'll get pic on here...thought the HTC M8 can do 4K.

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

M8 can't do 4K because 4K is just over 8-megapixels, and the M8's camera is just a measly 4-megapixels...

24. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

#justultrapixelthings

11. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Honorable mentions:moto x 2014 and lumia 830, 930, 1520 after denim update

12. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

4k on a phone is stupid. Too much memory being taken up with horrible bitrate

14. xpress.music

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

yeah! i mean if you want to shoot a better 4k resolution with a good bitrate go get a decent camera that can shoot real 4k videos.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You should probably look at the Note 4's 4K video capabilities. Superior to anything else on the market. I'll agree on the large file sizes, but at this day and age where Google Drive and Dropbox are practically handing out free storage to everyone, it really isn't an issue. I shot all my videos in 4K when I had the Note 3 and never ran out of space.

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