The best 4K video capable smartphones of 2014
The mobile phone has come a long way, from its humble beginnings as a device meant to connect people via calls on the move to the multi tasking high powered phones that can cater to your every whims and fancies (well, almost every).Now, phones even let you record Hi-DEF movie quality videos right from the palm of your hand.
1) Samsung Galaxy Note 4: The big daddy
The Samsung galaxy Note 4 is clearly one of the best phones available in the market, the camera and video recording ability is no less different. The Samsung galaxy Note 4 has a 16 Megapixel rear camera with a 1/2.6″ sensor which is capable of recording videos at Ultra High Definition resolution of 3840X2160 (4K) at the rate of 30 frames per second, and High Definition videos at 1920×1080 (1080p) 60 fps. The Note 4 camera also comes in with bundled features such as Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording.
The Note 4 produces clear, saturated and vibrant videos, has an almost accurate representation of colors and has a very sharp focus. The audio clarity is quite clean, with little to no background noise. Without a doubt the Note 4 clearly the best video recording phone with the best camera sensor.
2) Motorola’ Droid Turbo: The King Slayer
The Motorola Droid Turbo is a beast of a phone, it excels in every department and is definitely one of the best value for money phones in the market currently, and the only drawback is that it is only available to Verizon customers at the moment. The Motorola Droid turbo has a 20.7 Megapixel rear camera capable of recording videos at a High Definition resolution of 3840×2160 (4K) at the rate of 25 frames per second which is slightly lesser than the Note 4, and High Definition videos at 1920×1080 (1080p) 30 fps, which again is significantly lower than the Note 4’s camera.
In spite of the High Megapixel count, the Droid Turbo tends to record slightly unsaturated, shaky videos that have some exposure issues when recording in direct sunlight.
3) LG G3: The Contender
The LG G3 is one of the challengers for the Smartphone of the year, and has the right combination of hardware to software, and feature to designs. The LG G3 has a Dual LED 13 Megapixel rear camera with a 1/3.06″ sensor capable of recording videos at Ultra High Definition resolution of 3840×2160 (4K) at the rate of 30 frames per second, and High Definition videos at 1920×1080 (1080p) also at 30 fps. The LG G3 camera is supported by features such as OIS+ stabilization technology, Magic Auto Focus and Laser Auto Focus.
The video recorded by the G3 had a high level of detail, good contrast and an accurate representation of colours, the autofocus laser and the Optical image stabilization reduced any stability issues and was quick to focus on the subject. The audio did manage to suppress background sounds, but had a spike on certain sounds. There is no stutter while video recording, thanks to the phones impressive hardware.
4) Sony Xperia Z3: The Rebel
Sony has been consistently manufacturing top of the line Android phones throughout, and the Sony Xperia Z3 lives up to its reputation as one of the best phones in the market currently. The Sony Xperia Z3 has a 20.7 Megapixel rear camera with a 1/2.3″ sensor capable of recording videos at a High Definition resolution of 3840X2160(4K) at the rate of 30 frames per second High Definition videos at 1920×1080 (1080p) 30 fps. The Sony Xperia Z3 comes with features such as Digital image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video sharing.
The video quality is quite unimpressive, in spite of the 4k ability and has weak stabilization and relatively low bit rates and over saturated colors; there is also a significant difference in contrast, when compared to the other phones videos. Another issue is the occasional stutter that occurs during video recording, which I did not expect from a phone packed with such impressive features. Furthermore the camera force closes post a heat warning not too long into a video session, defeating the very purpose of having a good mobile camera.
5) Meizu MX4 Pro: The Underdog
The Meizu MX4 Pro is one of the many high profile handsets from china flooding the markets right now, what sets this phone apart is that it features a high resolution screen, a single-touch fingerprint reader, high-quality audio components dubbed the “retina sound” and good build quality for a fraction of a price as compared to its competitors. The Meizu MX4 Pro a 20.7 Megapixel rear camera with a 1/2.3″ sensor capable of recording videos at a High Definition resolution of 3840×2160 (4K) at the rate of 30 frames per second High Definition videos at 1920×1080 (1080p) 30 fps. The UHD videos of the Meizu MX4 Pro are recorded in the HEVC format, which is essentially the next-generation H.265 mode which creates a smaller sized file, which helps you with storage.
The video recorded had a very high detail level, there is a bit of stutter while recording, but it isn’t much of an issue. The videos did have a good level of saturation and contrast but the colors were a bit warmer than usual.
There are many things to consider before ending up with a 4k device; first of all you need a device that supports 4k video viewing. There are a few televisions in the market that support this feature. Most phones and Notebooks do not. The second thing to consider is the size, the 4k video files take up Gigabytes of space.
If video quality takes preference over these drawbacks for you, then you must surely get a 4k recording phone because of the convenience and quality that it offers, else I would suggest waiting for some time, there will be phones with 4k viewing ability. Then you can jump into the 4k bandwagon.