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Sony Xperia 1 III is Slow Motion Capable!

Sony has now released the third iteration of their Xperia 1 series which are the flagship phones from the company that really push the capabilities of the brand. Many point out that Sony smartphones are excellently made and perform admirably while also including the now coveted 3.5mm audio jack which has been removed at the behest of Apple iPhone influence in the vast majority of phones. We will say it once more, USB C audio adapters are terrible connections compared to 3.5mm jacks which offer the best possible audio transmission possibilities without compression and other trade-offs.

The new Sony Xperia 1 III continues the 120fps 4k HDR pedigree of the Xperia 1 II which is clearly a much-coveted feature for video enthusiasts. This time around the phone improves color, compression, and HDR fidelity to deliver an outstanding image when light allows it. The phone also has the typical 1080p 120fp and 240fps frame rate that have been showing up as commonplace features in flagship smartphones but absent is any higher frame rates that were included the Motion Eye TM technology used in previous Sony phones allowing 1000fps 1080p recording for a short time. → Continue Reading Full Post ←

iPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion is best yet for Apple!

iPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion

The iPhone 12 line is a continuation of what Apple has been hinting at since it got serious about video recording on their phones.  However, there is no increment in the maximum frames per second the phone is able to record with the 120p and 240p at 1080p as the maximum the phone is able to record. There is also what could be a feature that is missing that of 120fps 4k considering the phone is already recording 120fps at 4k for HDR video and then delivering it in a 60p wrapper.

With all that said the phone has impressive video and photo specs that will have rivals trying to compete in outlandish features like super zooms or more than 3 cameras to be able to get the spotlight off the iPhone.  There is no question the iPhone 12 is the best camera phone Apple has ever delivered but isn’t this the same result every year when a new device from the company is released? Yes and there lies the problem of yearly upgrades only getting incremental updates and not leapfrog features.

Video Recording iPhone 12 Pro:

  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 60 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
  • 2x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 4x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro)
  • Digital zoom up to 6x (iPhone 12 Pro)
  • 2.5x optical zoom in, 2x optical zoom out; 5x optical zoom range (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Digital zoom up to 7x (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
  • Audio zoom
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time-lapse
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

Video Recording iPhone 12 (NON PRO):

  • HDR video recording with Dolby Vision up to 30 fps
  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video (Wide)
  • 2x optical zoom out
  • Digital zoom up to 3x
  • Audio zoom
  • Brighter True Tone flash
  • QuickTake video
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Night mode Time‑lapse
  • Extended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
  • Cinematic video stabilization (4K, 1080p, and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264
  • Stereo recording

IPhone 12 Pro Slow Motion Samples are pending:

We received some so-called slow motion samples from the iPhone 12 but we have determined that they are fake and not from the phone themselves.  The iPhone 12 ships on October 23rd so any samples you might see online could only be from review units and there was no real video quality review that was authenticated. We will have to wait some time for the iPhone 12 video samples to start coming out.  We expect increased dynamic range and better overall noise profile on the iPhone 12 vs the 11, hopefully, we will see a real improvement in the way the phone captures slow motion in 1080p without much in the way of artifacts and aliasing.

Dolby Vision Recording on iPhone 12:

Dolby Vision | Demo | Dolby by Dolby:

In the video above you can see that Dolby Vision is basically a set of technologies that encode video in HDR with high precision color and brightness values that try to mimic reality. The new iPhone 12s record in Dolby Vision which probably use the high frame rate recording (60p for 30p) and 120p for 60p) HDR.

It is of note that slow motion video at 120fps or 240fps in 1080p will not use Dolby Vision as you would need those frame rates doubled to record it. It is a technology best used by 4k recording up to 60fps.

Of course, you will not get Hollywood production quality footage on the phone but it is still going to deliver a better image than your average camera due to the color science behind it.  Also of note is that you will need a TV, monitor or projector that has Dolby Vision compatibility to experience this high dynamic range video footage recording feature.

If you have such a TV we can recommend the clip below to test it:

Perfect Black HDR 8k Dolby Vision by Eugene Belsky: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Video Samples!

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Video Samples

Now that the Galaxy S10 has been shipping to customers for a couple of weeks we can now see a plethora of video samples showing the 240fps 1080p, 960fps 720p and 4k 60p high frame rate modes. We can clearly see a better compression on the new S10 samples compared to the Galaxy S9 in all modes. There is still some aliasing and moire but it is very well controlled.

Noise doesn’t become a problem unless it is very dark which means the Samsung noise reduction is doing an incredible job.  It is maybe too clean as some detail seems to be flattened out to control for artifacts. All the Galaxy S10 variants shoot the same quality slow motion in the main camera module so if you want to only get the S10e for it’s lower price of $749 you get to keep the high-speed feature intact.

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Specs:

As a reminder here are the Galaxy S10 video modes that shoot high frame rates.

  • 960fps 720p for 0.4 seconds (384 frames 12.8sec @ 30p)
  • 480fps 720p for 0.8 seconds (768 frames 25.6sec @ 30p)
  • 240fps @ 1080p (Card Limited)
  • 60fps at 4k UHD (Card Limited)

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Video Samples:

Samsung Galaxy S10 Super Slow Motion 960 fps by These Are The Days:

Samsung Galaxy S10 / 10 Plus – Super Slow-mo (0.8 sec) by DeviceSpecifications: → Continue Reading Full Post ←

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Recording Is Slightly Improved!

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Recording

So it seems the rumors were true about the slow motion component being preserved on the Galaxy S10 phones from last year’s S9. Last year the stand out feature of the phone in video mode was the slow motion capability and it was one of the main selling points for the Galaxy S9.  We got no mention of the feature during the Samsung event today for the S10 but we can find it buried in the phone specs with some details.

It seems the feature is slightly improved in bit-rate quality, color, and dynamic range. However, the main improvement is the recording time which has gone up to 0.4sec from 0.2sec and up to 0.8sec in 480fps mode which is half the frame rate.  In essence, it seems the phone is now the flagship slow motion performer for Samsung.

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion Specs What We Know:
  • 240 & 120fps Full HD 1080p Recording (Improved from S9)
  • 480fps HD 720p recording up to 0.8 seconds or 12.8 seconds playback on a 30p timeline.
  • 960fps HD 720p recording up to 0.4 seconds or 12.8 seconds playback on a 30p timeline.

From Samsung: “Super Slow-mo only supports HD resolution. Users can record approximately 0.4 seconds of video captured at 960 fps with approximately 12 seconds of playback. Users can record approximately 0.8 seconds of video captured at 480 fps and digitally enhance the video to 960 fps with approximately 24 seconds of playback. Playback time can be edited in Super Slow-mo player”

So Samsung has really not improved recording time compared to the Note 9 which offered these same specs last year. We do see interpolation in software as an option from a 480fps source in order to get a faked 24-second playback at 30p on a timeline.  As to why this is a good feature remains to be seen, we are no fans of interpolation but Samsung may have a pretty good algorithm to create frames that distort very little. Our hopes are not very enthusiastic for this feature.

Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup hands-on by The Verge:

All variants of the Galaxy S10 will shoot slow motion as it is available via the main rear camera module which is shared as a standard shooter across all four models of the phone announced today.

Sample footage in slow motion is not available yet besides a pretty bad sample on the Samsung website, we will have to wait and see if this new S phone has an ace up its sleeve compared to the Note 9 or S9 in high frame rate quality.  As of now, the 960fps mode should be identical on all models which means you can get the S10e for $749 and get essentially the same camera module.  You will miss on the telephoto mode on the “e” variant but that is not a big deal for most people.

Samsung Galaxy S10 event in 11 minutes by  The Verge:

All in all, it seems it was mostly a non-event for slow motion fans, Samsung has not really made a leap forward with this phone compared to their previous efforts and the recording time remains severely limited in comparison to the OnePlus 6 and 6T for example.

The Galaxy Fold phone/tablet hybrid that really bends was also previewed but no word if the device will support the slow motion mode. It seems to share camera components with the regular S10 phones so there may be a duplicate camera module and software in this device. At nearly $2000 USD we don’t think it is good value.

The best part about new phone releases is that older phones like the Galaxy S9 are now much lower in price. It may be an ideal time to get the phone if you were on the fence. The slow motion mode should be very close between the S9 and the S10 except for the 480fps mode with interpolation to 24sec 960p.

We will have Galaxy S10 slow motion samples when they become available. -HSC

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Galaxy S10 Should Include 960fps Slow Motion!

Galaxy S10 Slow Motion

The next Galaxy Phone release by Samsung flagship line the Galaxy S10 is due for release this month. The rumor mill is suggesting big improvements in screen size coverage, processing, fingerprint reader below the screen and our main interest slow motion video capture. It seems the next phone will improve on the video quality of the slow motion and may even add better time recording at 960fps 720p but will not introduce higher resolutions.

The Galaxy S9 and Note 9 already handle slow motion very well but we wanted to see better time recording on the 960fps slow motion mode above the fractions of a second offered by last years release. The OnePlus 6, for example, offered 3.75 seconds recording at 480fps which made it our slow motion phone for the 2018 calendar year.

Galaxy S10 Rumored Specs:
Triple Camera Array 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)Selfie Camera: 10 MP, f/1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
Other Features LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama
Video / Frame Rates 2160p@60fps/30p, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.

The phone will also include:

OS Version Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI
Chipset Exynos 9820 Octa (8 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) USA
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 – EMEA
Adreno 640 – USA/LATAM, China


Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.3 inches, 93.4 cm2
Resolution 1440 x 3040 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~550 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 6
– HDR10
– Always-on display

960fps Slow Motion Video on Samsung Galaxy Note 9 by Deccan Chronicle:

Other Features:

  • 3.5mm Audio Jack! (Thank You)
  • Fingerprint (Under Main Glass Display)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4100 mAh battery
  • FM Radio US & Canada
  • USB Type C
  • MSRP $779-$999-$1199 
  • To be announced Feb 20th

Samsung Galaxy S10 – THIS IS IT!!! by ASBYT: (RUMOR BASED) → Continue Reading Full Post ←

iPhone Xs Slow Motion Official Apple Sample!

Apple has released a preview video showing the video capabilities of the iPhone Xs in 4k 30, 4k 60 and slow motion 1080p 240fps.  You can see in the liquid and sound part of the demo the quality delivered by the full HD slow motion but it is hard to judge per pixel sharpness and or artifacts from such a short high shutter video. We will need more real-world samples in order to see if there has been an improvement from the iPhone X of 2017.

We have isolated a part of the footage to see the slow-motion compression and we could detect aliasing in the edges, softness and compression artifacts which are typical of mobile phone high frame rates. The iPhone Xs seems to still have them to some degree. Color and motion on the codec seem to be excellent especially in 4k which looks extremely detailed and with more than acceptable dynamic range.

iPhone Xs First Shot On Footage Sample:

Shot on iPhone XS – Experiments in 4K, Slo-mo, and Time-lapse by Apple:


As you can appreciate from Apple’s cool demo movie the iPhone Xs is capable of excellent results in controlled situations and should easily achieve the best color and resolution in 4k and the rest of the video modes compared to previous iPhone releases.  4k 60p footage seems to be a clear step up from earlier attempts by Apple and the increased memory and processing along with a better codec implementation seem to be taking it one step above last year’s iPhone X and iPhone 8.

In the Frame Grab below you can see the typical softness and aliasing associated with higher frame rates on mobile devices. The iPhone Xs seems to be skipping lines and throwing away some information at the 240fps slow motion frame rate.

We will have more samples from the iPhone Xs as soon as they become available. From what we have seen so far it seems that if you are an iPhone user, you simply can’t go wrong with an iPhone Xs or Xs Max for images and video capture.

Marques Brownlee has added his initial honest review of the iPhone Xs Max which shows that the phones are just refinements and not really a big step up.

Apple iPhone Xs Review: A (S)mall Step Up! by Marques Brownlee: → Continue Reading Full Post ←