How to shoot 4K video on iPhone
A headline feature of Apple’s new smartphone roster for 2017 is the ability to shoot 4K video at an impressive 60fps.
Previously, it was possible to shoot in Ultra HD at a lower frame-rate, but advancements to the processing heft in new models means it’s possible to capture more frames in UHD than ever before.
If you’ve picked up a new Apple smartphone, here’s your guide to capturing 4K 60fps footage in just a few simple steps.
You should also check out our iOS 11 tips and tricks guide for more advice on the new iPhone handsets.
Related: iPhone 9
How to record 4K 60fps footage on iPhone
It’s very simple to set up 4K 60fps recording on an iPhone. Follow these steps:
- First, go to your Settings app
- Scroll down and head into the Camera settings
- Then, head into the Record Video settings
- Choose the 4K 60fps option as your default setting
Once that’s done, you’ll be able to go into your camera app and record video as usual. However, when you record, it’ll now be shooting in 4K 60fps.
The bad news is that you can’t necessarily enjoy your footage to its fullest potential with an iPhone. For instance, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 60Hz display, which means it can display 60fps video just fine. But the iPhone 8 Plus only has a Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), so you can’t view 4K content in its native resolution using the phone.
Instead, the 4K video will be reduced to a Full HD resolution, unless you decide to view the content on a 4K TV or monitor.
Related: iPhone X vs iPhone 8
How much space do you need for 4K footage on iPhone?
You should also bear in mind that the storage required to shoot content ramps up very quickly at higher frame rates and more dense resolutions.
Here’s how much space you’ll need to record one minute of video on average:
- 720p HD at 30fps – 40MB
- 1080p HD at 30fps – 60MB
- 1080p HD at 60fps – 90MB
- 4K at 24fps – 135MB
- 4K at 30fps – 170MB
- 4K at 60fps – 400MB
If you’ve yet to pick up a new iPhone, you can make a purchase using the following links:
- Buy Now: iPhone 8 at Apple Store from £699
- Buy Now: iPhone 8 Plus at Apple Store from £799
- Buy Now: iPhone X at Apple Store from £999
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