Cameras on smartphones have gotten a lot better in the past few years. We’ve also seen video recording on smartphones take a huge leap. Besides just increasing the resolution, there are tons of features that have been added, one of them being slow-motion video recording.
Slow motion video recording is possible when the camera shoots a video with high frame-rates, and plays it back at normal speeds. While initially, this feature was available at lower resolutions, smartphones today are capable of doing it at HD and Full HD resolutions, to showcase maximum detail in the fastest of scenes. Slow motion video recording is available on most smartphones today, but here are 10 smartphones that we think are best at it.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with a dual-rear camera setup, which consists of a 19-megapixel primary sensor paired with a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor. There are tons of features supported, and thanks to the Motion Eye primary sensor, the camera can shoot 960fps videos at full HD resolution. That comes down to stretching 0.2 seconds worth of action into approximately six seconds. Being Full HD means you get crystal clear detail in your videos as well. If that’s too fast for you, there is also a 120fps mode available.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
One of the biggest upgrades the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have over their successors from last year, is Super Slow motion recording. Both smartphones can shoot 960fps videos at HD resolution to capture maximum detail. The camera can only take slow motion videos in bursts of 0.2 seconds. However, it is smart enough to detect motion and enable it at the right time. This means that you never miss a detail. You can also take multiple slow-motion shots in the same video.
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro is currently one of the best smartphones in terms of photography. Its triple rear camera setup currently holds the highest score on DXOmark. In addition to its excellent camera performance, the P20 Pro also features slow-motion video recording at 960fps in 720p. You can also switch the mode to 120fps (1080p) or 240fps (720p) depending on your preference, and the situation at hand.
Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium
The Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ premium carry more or less the same features as the XZ2 Premium, but without the secondary black and white 12-megapixel sensor. Both phones have the 19-megapixel Motion eye camera that comes with an aperture of f/2.0. The smartphones can capture super slow motion video at 960fps in 720p. The video is only limited to 0.18 seconds, but there is predictive capture available, which lets you capture spectacular detail in every scene.
Google Pixel 2 XL
The Google Pixel 2 XL comes with only a single 12-megapixel camera at the back. Yet it not only clicks great images, but can also record 120fps slow motion videos in 1080p. With that, it is also known for better video stabilization and accurate focusing.
The dual-rear camera feature on the OnePlus 6 can take some great pictures and videos. When it comes to slow motion video recording, the camera can record a 480fps video at 720p for a full minute. There is also a choice to reduce the frame rate to 240fps, while increasing the resolution to 1080p. There is no hassle of triggering the mode. You can simply go to the video editor, and choose what section of the video you want to slow down.
Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
Slow motion video recording has always been a strong suite of Apple iPhones right from the beginning, when the feature was introduced with the iPhone 5S. Now the latest smartphones from the company, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 8 feature slow motion video recording of 240fps at 1080p. The video editor app also makes it easy to choose the part of the video you want to slow down. You can even adjust the frame rate to 120fps if you like. On the flipside, all three iPhones even let you record 4K videos at 60fps with no trade-off in quality.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+
Although Samsung’s 2017 flagships can’t compete with the 960fps of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, they can still shoot slow motion footage at 240fps in HD resolution, which is pretty significant. Not to mention all smartphones are all-rounders when it comes to camera performance. They can shoot 4K videos, and also have optical image stabilization. The Galaxy Note 8 also features 2X optical zoom, thanks to its dual-rear camera setup.
HTC U12+ hasn’t quite launched yet, but is already creating a lot of buzz, especially in the photography department. The phone currently stands second on DXOmark with a score of 103. It’s 16-megapixel and 12-megapixel cameras at the back can not only shoot great images, but can also record 1080p videos at 240fps. Faster autofocus and 2X optical zoom should help those videos look even more detailed.
Watch: Samsung Galaxy S9 Ultra Slow Motion (960fps) demo
Moto Z2 Force
The Moto Z2 Force comes with dual 12-megapixel cameras at the back. Besides exceptional pictures in Bokeh mode, the camera can also shoot slow motion videos at 240fps in HD resolution. The Moto Z2 Force is also known for its accurate color reproduction, detail and noise performance.
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