Sony Xperia Z2 won't let you record more than ~5 minutes of 4K video (and neither will Note 3 and S5)

4K video recording is slowly but surely clawing its way into the mobile scene, and although its adoption is quite limited thus far, some manufacturers who are feeling more adventurous than others are starting to build the feature into some of their premium smartphones...
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79 Comments

69. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No one says that Android is perfect OS but do you know any better mobile OS for smartphones than Android at the moment??? Also your explanation about two songs and multitasking is nonsense.

62. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

FYI, I also android user but not the haters okay, IMO, why keep defending them if (sony, samsung, google) keep toying with us.. think?

78. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Okay. Can you read food and write at the same time. No? You can't do a simple task so you are nor good at multitasking. -_- P.S.: I said writing and reading at the same time, not continuously switching between the two.

14. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

What about using the phone underwater and recording it at 4K ? I mean, does the water helps to cool down the phone ? Someone should go and try it.

15. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

60fps 1080 is good enough on my note 3... I would like to record 120fps slow mo 720p or 1080p.. cant the note 3 record slow mo 720p 120fps? Comes out a bit like a 480p 240p looking :/

16. Desmortibus

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

4gb maximum recording ?... No more than 5mn of 4K video ?... I feel cheated !!! Another marketing trap hole... What a f... disgrace !!!

56. utg001 unregistered

That was probably why I think Nokia held up on 4K, its not exactly ready to come on a smartphone. I think the next 1020 might break this!

17. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Xperia Z2 has recently received performance boosting firmware update. And I heard from several z2 owners the 4k video recording now can reach 9-10 minutes. And turning off SteadyShot can make it even longer I have updated my z2 with the newest firmware but haven't test the 4k.

22. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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27. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

really???Can you tell me how much storage for 10 minutes 4k video recording? IF you have one, better try it yourself to record fullHD at 1 hour,tell us the result. I bet you can't go more than 1 hour.hehe

29. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Jeez dude, I was only telling about a firmware update..

37. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

I just telling the truth! believe or not, up to you bros..chill!.

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Better have ability to record 5 minutes of 4K video than don't have such option at all. It is advantage not disadvantage. P.S. It sounds like you are butthurt...

18. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

haha. Lols. what a waste 4k technology at the moment. hate to say but this is the future . I better fill my space with games & let my phone heat up while playing games than just recording something for 5mins n take 1gb of space.

19. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

looks like apple will have to save them again

74. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

When was the time apple saved mobile industry? I admit they have a huge contribution in the smartphone industry but in terms of technology? What does really apple invented? Ah there's one pinch to zoom and oh round corners .

25. yankel

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

The first photo cameras to record Full HD also had heating issues. & most clips are less then 5 minutes

28. DBounce

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

This is why I will wait for the new phones with the 805 chip. The new chip supports H.265 codec, which is made specifically for 4K capture and playback. Any devices not sporting the new chip will be crippled as far as 4k goes.

30. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

4K video is just another feature to sell phones to those obsessed with specs. To me real world performance is much more important than specs because that is what I actually experience.

31. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

So this is the disadvantage ??? Bullsh*t, 4K recording is just a extra feature that build-in into Xperia Z2. User have the option to use it. And if a people really want to make a 4K movie, I suggest to buy a 4K camcorder. Oh ya, the 4K feature in the Xperia Z2 let user able to record 4K video under the water.

32. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

FHD video eats your phone memory if you don't have a big micro-SD installed. when I get my GS5 next week I will plug in my 32 GB card in but will use FHD or HD for video recording even if 4K doesn't stop at 5 minutes or whatever ...

41. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

GS5 just crap.. even you buy 128GB external micro sd storage you can't record more than 5 minutes in 4K video..

71. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

ZF@rt just crap. Who told you anyways that i want to use 4K? Please tell me which device is better at 4K? At least it doesnt f@rt and heat like ZF@rt. Oh yes I love the GS5 like all people do. And I dont give a sh*t about farty htc/sony/lg, like all peopledo. Now go to h*ll no one cares about you

77. latido

Posts: 45; Member since: May 31, 2012

Opss.. sorry, my mistake.. even in FullHD U can't record more than 40 minutes. believe it or not up to you. I already test myself with SGN3 64GB but not working!hehe

34. DBounce

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Most of you seem clueless. Why 4k? 1. Downscales to super sharp 1080 video. 2. You can zoom in frame without loss of quality. 3. You can do post image stabilization. 4. You print high quality still pictures from ant frame of the video. 5. Future proof. 6. Why the heck not?

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Or if things which you are recording doesn't require continuous shooting then you can record video into few 5 minutes pieces and after that just join them using video editor.

36. wilsong17 unregistered

I have a 128gb memory card to record 4 video works fine on my note 3

40. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Nice.. I was thinking that the 128GB wont work on my note 3..thinking about getting it but its only 30mps speed.. I hope they come out wirh a faster card when note 4 come out.. im good with my 64gb for now.. plus I have a 32gb version note 3..

39. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

If anyone had a clue about taking nice professional looking videos, you wouldn't take more than 5 minutes of continuous shooting anyway.
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