4K resolution is the next gen resolution where you get to see the high definition content on screens having a horizontal width in the order of 4000 pixels. When we talk of picture capturing, it is quite possible for the smartphone cameras to do a decent capturing with the current cameras provided. But for the video recording, the best resolution for capturing videos is the Full HD 1080p resolution, and there are just a very limited number of smartphones which are capable to take advantage of the lens, sensor and the processor to produce videos with a resolution higher than the 1080p one.
For now, we have three smartphones from the well known brands which can capture the videos in 4K resolution.
- Acer Liquid S2
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- LG G Pro 2
- Sony Xperia Z2
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Vivo Xshot
- OnePlus One
- Oppo Find 7
Acer Liquid S2 was the first Android smartphone announced with the 4K video recording and it was announced at the IFA 2013 event in Berlin, with a 6-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor and everything else pretty good. It’s the 13-megapixel rear camera which does the 4K video recording and that was quite a surprise because the rumors and leaks never showed the video recording details, and this brought about the spark to include the camera modules and processors which could make the videos with the 4K resolution.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is capable of capturing videos with the 4K resolution, and it produces the videos with the 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution. This although wasn’t the first smartphone camera to provide this feature, the 4K capturing looks pretty impressive and it is only on the US LTE variant of the Note 3 and not the International one, processor being the reason for that.
The successor to the LG Optimus G Pro, the G Pro 2 was announced a day back in Korea, and this too has got the same feature that we are discussing here. The capturing is done with the 13-megapixel rear camera which comes with the OIS+ feature for more stability to both the photo and video captures. The camera is also capable of recording slow motion videos at 120 fps, and there’s a lot more which can be done with the special camera app in the device.
The new and latest entrant to the list is the Sony Xperia Z2, the smartphone having the 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera, and having the capability of UHD 4k video recording to the already excellent camera features that the smartphone provides.
Another device with the 4K video recording is the Samsung Galaxy S5, which has the 16-megapixel camera with loads of features, and the Samsung cameras do quite a lot so the 4K video capturing is an excellent addition to the camera features.
The Vivo Xshot is one of the latest addition to the list, with the announcement in China, showcasing some excellent specifications and the 13MP rear camera with Sony’s lens having the OIS and the 4K video recording.
The OnePlus One has come in as one of the best Android smartphones having a price which no high-end device has. The phone is priced at $299, and it comes with a 13-megapixel Sony lens camera which is capable of recording 4K videos.
Oppo Find 7 – This one from Oppo came in as the latest flagship, having some excellent specs, but Oppo has given 4K recording to this, while a 1080p video recording on the variant of it – Find 7a.
Although the smartphones / phablets listed above are capable of the capturing, it’s interesting that Sony hasn’t made any developments in this category, although they had launched the Sony Xperia Z1 with the 20.1-megapixel G Lens camera (which was actually rumored to have the 4K video recording but there was nothing like that in reality) and that camera could do a lot with the Camera app, having special features, effects and modes, but the video recording is limited to 1080p. The Xperia Z2 is going to come soon, so we can expect that to have some enhanced features.
We are sure that the year 2014 will have some excellent smartphones with the cameras doing much more than what they have been doing, and the 4K video recording being a good inclusion in the list of features.