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Top 7 smartphones with 4K video recording to buy under Rs 20,000

Despite being in a budget, these smartphones can record 4K videos like a dream.

  • Published: November 23, 2018 9:31 AM IST
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Today, smartphones with 4K displays are rare. However, you’ll find several phones boasting 4K video recording capabilities. The idea is to familiarize everyone with it, and gear up for the next big shift. Even the ones in the mid-range are now capable of recording such 4K videos.

So we singled out the best smartphones with 4K video recording in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment. While 4K is a novel feature, these phones are also great for recording 1080p videos at 60fps. We suggest you record videos in both resolutions and experience the difference yourself. In the meantime, check out these hand-picked models that promise 4K video recording capability. Do note that most of these phones can record 4K videos only at 30fps.

Honor Play

Honor’s mid-range phone with Play moniker has a dual camera setup at the rear comprising of a 16-megapixel (f/2.2) primary camera and 2-megapixel (f/2.4) secondary camera with an LED flash. Together they can record 4K video at 30fps, and use the gyro-based EIS for better quality. Honor calls them AI camera for they can detect 500 different scenarios in real-time.

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi’s Mi A2 features dual camera at the back where each one has a different sensor. A 20-megapixel camera and a 12-megapixel camera pair have the same f/1.75 aperture with dual LED flash and comprise of Sony sensors. Both cameras work together to take 4K videos and support EIS only for 1080p at 60fps videos.

Moto Z2 Force

Motorola’s Moto Z2 Force made using 7000-series aluminum, and a shatterproof display is an excellent phone for an outdoorsy person. The phone sports two 12-megapixel cameras at the back out of which one is a Black-and-White sensor. The dual LED dual-tone flash of CCT type assists these cameras for recording 4K videos in challenging light situations.

Vivo V9

The stylish Vivo V9 equips a dual camera pair at the back consisting of a 16-megapixel (f/2.0) camera with a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera. The smartphone can record 4K videos using the camera, but you might want to keep the phone steady using a portable tripod. You can still record 1080p videos at 60fps and make the best of the AI Bokeh for still images.

Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia harps around about the Bothie feature that uses front and rear cameras simultaneously. The rear-placed dual camera pair includes a 16-megapixel (f/2.0) camera with PDAF and a 5-megapixel (f2.4) camera for depth-sensing. The camera pair on the Nokia 6.1 Plus works together to capture 4K videos, but the EIS only works with the 1080p videos recorded at 60fps.

Realme 2 Pro

The Realme 2 Pro features a 16-megapixel (f/1.7) primary camera with a 2-megapixel secondary camera at the rear. The 4K videos captured using these cameras result in softer looking videos and good colors. The details and the dynamic range is acceptable enough to be shared over social platforms.

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Motorola One Power

The freshly launched Motorola One Power features a dual camera setup at the back with dual-tone dual LED flash. The camera setup has a 16-megapixel (f/1.8) camera with PDAF support, and a 5-megapixel (f/2.2) camera for depth-sensing. The phone also supports HDR, but there is no stabilization support. That means you’ll have to keep your hand steady while shooting 4K videos or use a portable tripod.

  • Published Date: November 23, 2018 9:31 AM IST