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If you happen to own an iPhone X, you may actually have a viable alternative for a much more expensive camera. That’s because Apple’s latest flagship sports the company’s best camera yet — and what is probably one of the best smartphone camera currently on the market. But that camera quality isn’t just great for still images. The iPhone X can take stunning video, too.
Many well-respected camera reviewers have claimed that the iPhone X’s video quality is nearly as good as a professional-level DSLR. That’s partly because the handset can shoot 4K videos at a smooth 60 frames-per-second (FPS).
The professional camera testers at Fstoppers, for example, pitted the iPhone X against a Panasonic GH5 — a pricey mirrorless camera with DSLR-level performance. You can their comparison in the video here.
Of course, the GH5, which retails for around $1,700, managed to beat out the iPhone X in several categories. The GH5 offered more details when zoomed-in and fared quite a bit better in low-light conditions (which is a weakness among basically all modern smartphone cameras).
But Fstoppers was still thoroughly impressed with the results, particularly because an iPhone is a device that’s incredibly portable and handy.
If you need more evidence of the Apple handset’s camera quality, you can just Google “iPhone X 4K video” and see the impressive results for yourself.
At this point, you probably want to try out the 4K video recording on your own iPhone X. Luckily, it’s easy to do but requires a couple extra steps. Basically, 4K video recording is disabled by default.
It’s worth noting that, when shooting 4K video on the iPhone X, you have three options: 4K at 24 frames per second, 30 frames per second, 60 frames per second. Generally speaking, 24 FPS will deliver a more cinematic-like quality to your footage, while 60 FPS is a bit more true-to-life.
We recommend opting for the 60 FPS option.
Even if you want cinematic quality, you can always convert the video footage to 24 FPS later in an editing or processing program — and the results will likely look better than if you just shot in 24 FPS from the get-go.
Here’s how to enable 4K video recording.
1 Open Settings.
2 Tap Camera.
3 Tap Record Video and select one of the 4K options (24 FPS, 30 FPS, or 60 FPS).
4 Tap Camera in the left-hand corner to go back.
5 Tap Formats.
6 Tap High Efficiency. This will save your videos with the H.265 codec, which will save you quite a bit of storage space. That’s incredibly important for 4K video.