4K Video recording becoming more accessible to a growing number of smartphone models

by on December 19, 2014

 Stephan Jukic – December 19, 2014

While 4K display in smartphones may still be at least a couple months away, the ability to shoot 4K video on the latest phones is expanding across more and more smartphone brands.

Two new additions to the collection of phones that can film movie clips in 4K include Nokia’s Lumia Windows phones and Apple’s iPhone 6. Unlike other phone models suchas the latest Samsung Galaxy phone and LG’s G3 smartphone, the Lumia phones and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both rely on software-based after-the-fact updates to give them 4K video shooting capabilities.

In the case of Nokia’s’s Lumia phone for Windows, owners of select models will be able to start grabbing ultra HD footage in 4K quality as soon as they receive an upcoming new software update that will hit the phones automatically.

The update is called Denim and though it was announced all the way back in September, it is only now getting rolled out to owners of Lumia 830, 930, Icon, and 1520 smartphones. According to Microsoft, an even wider rollout to all Lumia phone users of all models will be coming in January 2015.

The main feature of “Denim” is its ability to record 4K video through a long press of the camera button that automatically starts recording in ultra HD at 3840 x 2160 pixels and 24 frames per second. Furthermore, each of these 8.3 megapixel image frames can be saved as a high-quality still image. This is of course a total of 24 still photos per second.

Since the “Denim” app let’s its users shoot only short burst of 4K footage on the relevant Lumia phones, the app might actually serve better as a very high speed photo camera for rapid shots instead of a practical UHD video recording tool.

Some older Lumia phone models like the 830 won’t actually be able to use Denim for anything above Full HD photos.

Next up are Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While their camera isn’t designed for shooting 4K video clips right out of the box, two third party apps are available for catching video in ultra HD on the phone.

the Ultrakam 4K video application for the iPhone 6 being used

the Ultrakam 4K video application for the iPhone 6 being used

The first of these, the Ultrakam 4K video recording app, claims that it can turn any iPhone 6 into a practical rival of the famous GoPro Hero 4 4K action camera and is available for sale on the iTunes App Store for $9.99.

The second third party app that does 4K on the iPhone can deliver more or less the same as the Ultrakam app but comes with less available features built into it. Because of this, it’s selling for just $1.99 and is called the ProCam 2.

If you’d like to see footage captured with the ProCam in 4K, then this YouTube video is worth watching.

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