How to shoot videos in 4K resolution on iPhone

While the focus has been on the ability of our smartphone cameras to take amazing photos, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that a lot of our smartphones can take some pretty amazing videos as well, where a good majority of our smartphones now capable of filming videos in 4K resolution.

If you have an iPhone 6 or newer, then yes, you are certainly part of the group whose device allows video recording in 4K , but unfortunately Apple didn’t make it that obvious.

In fact, by default, the company set it up so that all your videos are saved in 1080p HD at 30 frames per second. So how do you go about increasing its resolution and framerate? Check out the steps below.

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How to Record 4K Videos on Your iPhone

  1. Launch the Settings app and scroll down until you can see Camera.
  2. Tap it, then select Record video.
  3. You will then be offered different resolutions and different frames to choose from. According to Apple:

    • 720p HD at 30 frames per second: 40 MB per minute
    • 1080p HD at 30 frames per second (default resolution): 60MB per minute
    • 1080p HD at 60 frames per second (smoother video): 90MB per minute
    • 4K at 24 frames per second: 135 MB per minute
    • 4K at 30fps: 170MB per minute
    • 4K at 60fps: 400MB per minute
  4. Select 4K and choose the number of frames per second you want. The higher the frame rate, the smoother your video will be.
  5. Repeat these steps if you want to change the resolution again.
  6. To confirm that your videos are now recorded in 4K, launch the Camera app. In the upper right corner, you should see “4K” followed by your chosen framerate.

As Apple noted in the Settings page, the higher the resolution and frame rate you choose, the more memory your phone and memory take up, and subsequently your iCloud storage.

However, it also works the other way around: if you quickly run out of storage space, you can choose to save your videos at a lower resolution of 720p. According to Apple’s calculations, it will take 1 / 10th of storage compared to 4K video shot at 60fps.