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Motorola strapped its Moto X phone to a drone for a 4K video shoot, this is what they came up with

by on December 23, 2014
 

Stephan Jukic – December 23, 2014

As many of you know, the latest flagship smartphones are more and more often coming out with 4K video shooting capacity available to them. This is either built right into the phones –as is the case of the Moto X phone– or can be achieved through the use of easy to buy third party apps, which is how the iPhone 6 can be used to shoot 4K videos.

Since many manufacturers are also quite proud of the 4K video cameras in their phones, they like to show off just how well these little devices work. Motorola is no exception.

Recently, in an effort to let consumers and potential customers see just how great their Moto X smartphone’s camera is, the company strapped the phone to a drone, powered by a professional operator, and let it fly around in the air above the San Francisco Bay area so it could capture some pretty awesome shots of the city and its surroundings in 4K resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels. It was a creative effort and worthy of what you’d see being filmed with a more professional 4K action camera like the GoPro Hero 4.

Motorola, which has recently been acquired by Lenovo (maker of more than a couple different 4K laptop models) for 2.9 billion dollars, released its second generation Moto X in September of 2014 after building it so that it’s one of a small but growing collection of high-end smartphones that comes equipped with built-in 4K video shooting capability. This places the phone in the same category as Samsung’s S5, LG’s G3 and even Apple’s iPhone 6 (as long as you use an installable third party app)

Unfortunately for Motorola, the video they made of their phone’s 4K drone flight was uploaded to YouTube in only 1080p Full HD resolution, even though YouTube is capable of supporting 4K videos. Whether this was just a silly accident or a deliberate measure, it doesn’t look good for the company’s own little PR effort.

Nonetheless, the video footage is pretty damn good, even in HD, you can check it out below.

Story by 4k.com

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