iPhone 11 shoots 4K video at 120 fps for ground-breaking "extended dynamic range" feature

iPhone 11 shoots 4K video at 120 fps for ground-breaking
The iPhone 11 series bring heaps of improvements in the camera and the major one when it comes to video recording is called "extended dynamic range".

Behind the humble name, however, hides a transformative experience that combines the unmatched power of the Apple A13 chip with some software tricks.

Extended dynamic range is something like HDR for video. It means being able to get incredible shots in low light, with much less noise than now and with a lot more colors and detail.

Apple showed an impressive demo of the feature, but it's interesting to learn how this new feature works:


To sum it all up, you cannot actually record 120fps 4K video, but internally, this is what the iPhone 11 series use to get that "extended dynamic range".

At the same time, some rival flagship smartphones still don't support 4K60 video recording, so it's impressive to see Apple pull ahead with video recording. The company has also added expanded video editing features, so you can apply filters, crop and adjust the video right in the Photos app.

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30 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Like HDR, but not HDR (10 bit) ... it is more important than higher frame rates.

5. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

HDR is a jungle for me so I guess the regular consumer feels the same. Post this info I found online: “HDR videos also come with attached metadata. This lets a screen, whether it’s a phone or TV, tailor that footage to suit the capabilities of that actual display. No consumer TV or phone can actually display the full depth of colour in the REC.2020 format HDR10 can use, for example, but it can get as close as it can with that info. Some phones - like iPhone XS Max - also support Dolby Vision, a higher-spec HDR standard that accommodates even brighter screens that display 12-bit colour. It also has variable metadata, which means content creators can adjust how a movie interacts with a display on a scene-by-scene basis.”

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

To make it easier for you it is a next step in video and it will look better then most anything out there. All you weird guys out there that put hatful things in comment section no matter what is said just because you can’t get past a manufacture or in apples case a designer and development company. The phone is not even out yet but at the same time Apple has always been one of the best with its camera.

28. scarface21173

Posts: 685; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

It should be the best at everything for the price it cost, but its not.

20. QuantumRazer

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Well, for 99% of people high frame rate HDR videos recorded in SDR format is more important than the 'true' HDR videos because the former doesn't have any sort of playback compatibility issues, whereas the latter is quite picky about what devices they are played on and look completely broken on non-HDR certified displays. Honestly though, I don't get your obsession with HDR10/10+ format. Just because Apple is doing something good that doesn't mean you should hate it no matter what.

25. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I suppose you are aware that HDR video has much more quality than SDR.

30. QuantumRazer

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Yes, I'm aware of it. What I'm saying is that all the quality improvement would go down the drain if the device didn't support the HDR format, which is the case for 99% devices in the market.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2353; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The title for this is very misleading.

9. NZred

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

It's Victor, what you expect.

11. cheetah2k

Posts: 2253; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Everything in here is misleading when it comes to apple. On this site, everything apple does is new and innovative, even if others have done it 3 years ago..

17. phonyuser

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2019

Complete dishonest and clickbait title

19. QuantumRazer

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

How so? It does shoot 4K video at 120fps to achieve real time HDR at 4K60, there's nothing wrong about the title.

22. phonyuser

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 09, 2019

It doesn't matter what a phone does internally, what matters it the output. Where on the iPhone 11 specs does Apple say that it does 4K 120fps?

3. basher

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

That means 5 minutes of video before those 64gigs gets "memory full" error.

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Try uploading that to iCloud LOL

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Do it does not.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1785; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It does not. Really you can’t edit past 240 seconds. How am I supposed to make somebody look stupid if I can’t change it after the fact. Oh I know keep edit history

10. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

About 2 hours on 64gigs.

12. cheetah2k

Posts: 2253; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The Phone X records in 4K 60FPS @ 54Mb/s in the HEVC video CODEC, with mono audio. That's 24.4GB per hour. Double the frame rate to 120FPS, you'll get maybe around an hour of video for 64GB - probably less depending on the bit rate. But then taking into account apps, iOS, photos, etc, most average users will need way more than 64GB storage if they want to do anything at all with it... Fks me why 64gb is even offered. 128gb should be the minimum available

15. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

You know why. iCloud.

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2253; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

And why is their dynamic lighting "ground breaking" ?? HDR is ground breaking. Apple just selling their iFans BS again because they didn't want to pay for HDR10+ licencing.. Just like no 5G.. Less is more right?

21. QuantumRazer

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Or simply because HDR10+ is not a practical video format for average consumer...?

26. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

HLG is ... There are many types of HDR.

14. Pcworld1976

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

bla.bla.bla all marketing

16. gadgetpower

Posts: 146; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Amazing that apple keeps the too spot on video. Any android that can shoot 4k unlimited?

18. Pcworld1976

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Xperia 1

27. User123456789

Posts: 908; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1c = unlimited 4K SDR XZ2, XZ3, 1 and 5 = unlimited 4K HDR HLG S10, S10+, S10e, Note10, Note10+ = unlimited hdr10+

24. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Oh, Victor, I see you are staying true to your colors. Keep it up! It's this same Victor that wrote an article of the new iPhones still shipping with a 5-watt charger, in 2019, but spent a good time telling us how Apple compensates for that. Victor = hahaha.

29. FLOGROWN

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Because Apple is doing it first Fandroids be like MEHHH nothing new, but if an Android comes with this they’ll be louder than a Trump rally

31. NZred

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

...they aren't doing anything. This is buzzword bulls**t.

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