Shooting video on your smartphone is becoming an increasingly popular option for amateur filmmakers and professionals alike. If even Martin Scorsese admits to having shot a few frames of The Wolf Of Wall Street on a smartphone, then it must be good enough for the average consumer too.
Of course, the quality of your video footage will vary greatly depending on your phone’s resolution. While 720p or 1080p are perfectly respectable high definition formats, 4K is quickly becoming the new industry standard for filmmaking.
So which 4K phones are the most recommended for shooting video? Below are five excellent solutions.
1. Acer Liquid S2 Tablet Phone
Halfway between a tablet and a phone, the Acer Liquid S2 offers spectacular results with its Ultra HD recording capabilities. The clear 6” full HD display makes it easy to monitor your footage, giving you a better feel for the shot. Furthermore, the Dolby Digital Plus technology makes it a perfectly suitable solution for capturing audio without an external microphone.
2. LG G Pro 2
While the high definition 13 megapixel sensor of the LG G Pro 2 is also found on the LG G3, the former offers a better monitoring solution thanks to its larger display. The 4K resolution looks great and you will also benefit from LG’s excellent image stabilization feature to avoid any shaky footage.
3. Motorola Moto X
The most spectacular feature of the Motoroloa Moto X is its beautiful lens offering a wide f 2.25 aperture. This means that you will be able to use it to shoot portraits and scenery with a beautiful depth of field rarely equalled on other smartphone cameras.
4. Oneplus One
This interesting smartphone boasts a splendid 13 megapixel Sony Exmor 1MX214 sensor and is built with no less than 6 physical lenses. This will allow you to film clearer video at the lowest f stop (2.0) without any distortion or loss of quality.
5. Panasonic Lumix CM1
The Lumix series is highly recommended when it comes to DSLR cameras, so it is no surprise that this Panasonic smartphone should come with one of the best image quality available at the present. The 20 megapixel supports 4K, 20160p at 15 frames per second and 1080p at 30 frames per second. It does not disappoint in terms of video quality, whether shooting in the bright sunshine or low-light conditions.
In conclusion, it should be said that there are now more than 20 phones allowing you to film in 4K, and that list is growing by the day. The bad news is that if you are an Apple fanatic, you will be limited to the standard 1080p resolution, even on the latest iPhones. However, if video quality is your main priority, you will be able to take your pick from a fantastic selection of smartphones available on the market today.