How To: Enable 4K Video Recording on Your iPhone

Enable 4K Video Recording on Your iPhone

A lot of you probably upgrade your iPhone to the latest and greatest model for the sole purpose of taking better photos and videos. As seen in the "Shot on iPhone 6" marketing campaign, which showcased pictures taken by iPhone owners on huge billboards, Apple places a priority on making their iPhones the only camera you'll ever need.

With the addition of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, this priority remains high, as Apple has now ushered in the ability to shoot videos in beautiful 4K quality. So if you have a new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, I'll show you how to adjust your settings to record better-quality videos, as well as the impact they make on storage.

How Do You Enable 4K Videos?

Navigate to Settings -> Photos & Camera -> Record Video, then simply select the quality that you want to record in. In addition to 4K at 30 fps (frames per second), you can also select 720p at 30 fps, 1080p at 30 fps (the default), or 1080p at 60 fps.

How Much Storage Do 4K Videos Use?

The Record Video preferences page provides you with a convenient breakdown of how much memory each recording quality will take for a one-minute video. If you have a 16 GB iPhone, you may want to avoid 4K videos altogether.

Which Quality Are You Recording In?

Within the video camera's interface, you can see the quality you're recording in right next to the shutter button. However, if you're recording at the default 1080p at 30 fps settings, this indicator will not be present.

What's the Difference?

To keep it simple, 4K means more pixels (4096 x 2160); approximately 8 million more that 1080p (1920x1080). To help you see the difference, here is a comparison of the default quality versus 4K (you will need a display capable of viewing 4K videos in order to really see the difference).

1080p at 30 fps:

4K at 30 fps:

So, are you planning to shift to 4K-only recording on your new iPhone, or will 1080p be just fine for you? Sound off in the comment section below.

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