4K 60 FPS recording or Super slow motion? Which of these camera features is more important to you?

4K 60 FPS recording or Super slow motion? Which of these camera features is more important to you?
With smartphones getting pretty even in power and screen quality nowadays, everyone is looking for ways to make their product stand out. We have the good old custom user interfaces doing a complete Android reskin, we've also got the ones that rock a pure Android experience and touting it as an advantage. Some are going well out of their way to add AI features where their usefulness is often questioned, and others will look into incorporating a ton of ways to securely lock your phone.

But the good old camera race is still ongoing. Nowadays, since everyone makes cameras that are more or less on par, and certainly above average, the rules of the game has changed — every extra feature counts as a plus over the closest competitor. The latest and hottest features we've got are 4K recording at 60 FPS — which is currently offered only on the iPhone 8, iPhone X, and Samsung Galaxy S9 (limited to 5 minutes) — and Super-slow-motion, which is found on the Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2 / XZ1, capable of recording a short burst of 960 FPS for 0.2 seconds.

It's obvious that major competitors will work to quickly catch up to these industry leaders. What do you think they should focus on, though? 4K 60 FPS camcorders or making better versions of that Super-slow-motion?

Which camera feature is more important to you?

4K 60 FPS video recording
Super slow motion



1. toukale

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Samsung 4K 5min cap is crap. What is that about? I am assuming the cpu can't maintained its power for longer than that. iPhones 8/X have no such limitation, what gives? I shoot all my videos in 4k these days.

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

XZ Premium can record 4K 30fps more than 3 hours. OP5, U11 and S8 have limit too. 10 min or less.. It is a choice... I have been able to record almost 40 min on cold days. Mine has SD810

13. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

4k isn't encoded on CPUs. Those phones would crap out if it actually was. There are proper encode blocks on the SoC for doing this stuff, which uses fixed function logic actually etched on the die to carry it out, much much more efficiently than a CPU ever could. No, the restriction is due to Samsung being Samsung and restricting for no real reason. You can start recording just after the 5 min is over and keep doing that for an hour or more, and the phone will just do fine.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's not the CPU per say. As a matter of fact most mobile SoCs have ISP (image signal processors) which grab and process each image. The S7 and S8's have no problem grabbing 4k video. But let's get real 4k 60 fps video is great, but is it that much better than 4k 30 fps? I will tell you this 4k 60 fps eats much more storage, and 4k 60 fps looks really good if you slow it down. But playing both 4k 60fps, and 4k 30 fps at regular speeds, I have a hard time telling you which is which. To me slowmo is better than 4k 60 fps video.

32. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

iPhones just limit storage. It's ridiculous to imply that's not more limiting.

3. torr310

Posts: 1679; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I use none of them.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

4K HDR > 4K 60fps

30. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Actually, that's a much better question for debate :)

7. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

no need to choose really flagships like the s9 will have both in the nearest future

8. strbckboy

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

If the super slo-mo that Samsung used was higher than 720p, it might be just as important as 4K 60 FPS. I like to use camera functions that actually produce high quality results. Hopefully the super slo-mo will get better in future generations.

9. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

The Ability to Record MORE than 5 Minutes as well as the Ability to Record from Both Front & Rear Cameras Simultaneously for More than 5 Minutes.

34. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

With the 5 minute cap is the recording still continuous or do you have to actually have to hit the record button after each 5 minute clip?

10. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

Neither is important in the slightest. But slow-mo is at least something I might screw around with to amuse myself.

11. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Would you rather have slow motion in post at 4k resolution or a short clip at 720p resolution. Give me the 4k @60fps all day. I don't care about the 5 minhte cap. I don't need to record a full length movie.

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

4K 60FPS! But I don't think Samsung has hardware limitations, considering how traumatic was it for them to deal with the whole Note 7 fiasco, they're seriously playing safe in every way possible, so much so that they didn't change the battery size at all for the S9 duo. I only chose Samsung even when if it has a 5 minute limit is because I just can't stand the iPhone's mono audio recording. Otherwise I would've gotten myself an 8 Plus for the limitless 4K 60FPS alone. And now the wait continues. 5 Days More!

15. midan

Posts: 3019; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I like the idea of super slo mo, but S9 quality what i've seen from YouTube is very bad. Haven't yet seen the Sony 1080p quality.

25. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Xperia XZ premium Actullay better quality, but 1080P @960fps for 1 second only!.

16. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Why not both?

17. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

It should have been 4k 60fps vs 4k HDR.

18. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

None because 1080p 30fps is enough for me

20. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

4k HDR and 960 fps 1080p 4k 60 fps SDR is obsolete

22. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

1080p 240fps any day of the week. The video quality is enough and yet you can make good slowmo. 4k is overrated,social media don't support it and most people don't own 4k monitors

23. Wazupmrg

Posts: 189; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

The S9 does all three : 4k at 60fps, 240 at 1080p, and 960fps. Why choose when you can do it all? It's Apple that limits your choices

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

But you can shoot 4k@ 60fps without limit.

41. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One the galaxy too, just not continuously. On the iPhone you run outta storage, on the galaxy, you do too, but just pop in another SD card. Both have pluses and minuses.

45. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Exactly you can do the same with iPhone through iCloud, google photo or OTG.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's an option, but in my case, it rather have it stored locally. Options are always welcomed though.

28. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I don't determine which mobile to get by select camera features...the flagships today are all fine to use for mobile and all have their pluses and minuses.

29. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

2 years with a Huawei P9 Plus, maybe 2k photos taken and probably only 5min video recorded (2 10sec slomo) for me, 4k and slomo are useless

33. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

useless is the recording and the slowmotion of the p9 plus

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