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Comparison of mobile phone camcorders

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This is a historical comparison of the video recording functionality in mobile phone cameras.


Summary[edit]

Tables[edit]

Maximum resolutions mentioned allow continous recording for at least one minute.

(I.e. “720p@960fps” does not count if it is limited to few seconds.)

  • Bold text: Camera mode with highest pixel rate.
  • Green text: Improvement over previous year.
  • “OIS” = “Optical image stabilization” (i.e. the lens moves to compensate for unwanted camera shakes).
Summary of smartphone camcorders (rear camera)
Manufacturer→

Year ↓

Maximum continuous[note 1] pixel rate Samsung (flagships) Samsung (mid-class) Apple Huawei OnePlus LG
2007 None
2008 None
2009 27648000 720p@30fps

240p@120fps*

480p@30fps 4:3
2010 27648000 720p@30fps 720p@30fps
2011 62208000 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
2012 62208000 1080p@30fps

480p@120fps*

720p@30fps (S3 mini) 1080p@30fps
2013 248832000 2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@120fps*

1080p@30fps (S4 mini) 1080p@30fps

720p@120fps

1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps

720p@120fps

2014 248832000 OIS (Note 4)

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@120fps*

1080p@30fps (S5 mini) 1080p@60fps

720p@240fps

1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps

720p@120fps

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@120fps

2015 248832000 OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@120fps

1080p@30fps (Galaxy A and J series) OIS (6s+ only)

2160p@30fps

1080p@120fps

720p@240fps

1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps

720p@120fps

2160p@30fps

720p@120fps

2016 248832000 OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@240fps

1080p@30fps (Galaxy A and J series) OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@120fps

720p@240fps

OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

2160p@30fps

720p@120fps

2017 497664000 OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@240fps

1080p@30fps (Galaxy A and J series) OIS

2160p@60fps

1080p@240fps

720p@240fps

OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@60fps

720p@120fps*

2018 497664000 OIS

2160p@60fps

1080p@120fps

720p@240fps

1080p@30fps (Galaxy A7[1]) OIS

2160p@60fps

1080p@240fps

720p@240fps

OIS

2160p@30fps

1080p@120fps

720p@240fps

2160p@60fps

720p@480fps

2019 497664000 OIS

2160p@60fps

1080p@240fps

720p@240fps

OIS

2160p@60fps

1080p@240fps

720p@240fps

2020 995328000 OIS

2160p@120fps

1080p@480fps

720p@960fps

OIS

2160p@120fps

1080p@480fps

720p@960fps

* = Not in real-time (but menial).
Summary of smartphone camcorders (front camera)
Manufacturer→

Year ↓

Samsung Apple Huawei LG Sony HTC
2007 None
2008 None
2009 240p@30fps None
2010 480p@30fps 480p@30fps
2011 480p@30fps 480p@30fps
2012 720p@30fps 720p@30fps
2013 1080p@30fps 720p@30fps 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
2014 1440p@30fps 720p@30fps
2015 1440p@30fps 720p@30fps
2016 1440p@30fps 1080p@30fps
2017 1440p@30fps 1080p@30fps
2018 1440p@30fps 1080p@30fps
2019 2160p@30fps 720p@240fps
2020 2160p@60fps

Graphs[edit]

Smartphone camcorder comparison[edit]

This is a comparison of the video recording capabilities of the rear cameras common mobile phones.

Samsung[edit]

(There are more models, but let's first add (focus on) the popular flagship series: Galaxy Note series and Galaxy S series.)

It also includes the fixed maximum length per video. A new video can be recorded after the time limit is reached, but the device might deny video recording (e.g. S5 for 2160p) to prevent overheating, or also when no more space storage or battery power is left.

The photo capture during video recording, if supports, captures photos at the highest possible resolution at the video's aspect ratio, which meant that the 2014-2015 mobile phones (16 Mexapixels at 16:9 aspect ratio) could capture full-resolution still images during video recording at up to 1080p.

Above 30 fps, there is only one video resolution available (e.g. 1080p@60fps, but no option for 720p@60fps for space storage saving).

  = Improvement compared to previous flagship phone.
Samsung Galaxy phones: rear camera video recording specifications.
Smartphone model Release year 30fps 60fps 120fps 240fps >240fps Time limits Optical image stabilization (OIS)? Real-time slow motion method? Photo capture during video recording Image sensor model Notes
Galaxy S1 2010 720p (max. 1 hour) No No No |No style="background:#F99;vertical-align:middle;text-align:center;" class="table-no"|No 1h No (No)
Galaxy S2 2011 H1 1080p (max. 1 hour) No No No No 1h No (No) No First 1080p-supportive mobile phone generation.
Galaxy Note 1 2011 H2 1080p (max. 1 hour) No No No No 1h No (No)
Galaxy S3[note 2] 2012 H1 1080p (max. 1 hour) No No No No 1h No (No) Yes (only without digital video stabilization)}}
Galaxy Note 2 2012 H2 1080p (max. 1 hour) No 720×480p 3:2 No No 1h output video length [note 3] No No
Galaxy S4[note 4] 2013 H1 1080p (max. 1 hour) No 800×450p 16:9 No No 1h No No
Galaxy Note 3 2013 H2 2160p (max. 5 minutes) 1080p (max. 1 hour) 720p (max. 1 hour) No No No No
Galaxy S5[note 5] 2014 H1 2160p 1080p 720p No No No No
Galaxy Note 4 2014 H2 2160p 1080p[note 6] 720p No No Yes No
  • Galaxy S6 +S6 edge
  • Galaxy Note 5+S6 Edge Plus
  • 2015 H1+H2 2160p 1080p 720p No No Yes Yes Both in same row because of identical data.
    Galaxy S7 2016 H1 2160p (no time limits) 1080p No 720p No None Yes Yes 2160p video recording is limited to 10 minutes since Android 7 update.
    Galaxy Note 7 2016 H2 2160p 1080p [incomplete] 720p No Yes Yes
    Galaxy S8 2017 H1 2160p 1080p [incomplete] 720p Yes Yes
    Galaxy Note 8 2017 H2 2160p 1080p [incomplete] 720p No Yes Yes
    Galaxy S9 2018 H1 (2160p) 2160p [incomplete] 720p 960fps for limited time[which?]
    Galaxy Note 9 2018 H2 [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] Yes Yes
    Galaxy S10 2019 H1 [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] Yes Yes
    Galaxy Note 10 2019 H2 [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] Yes Yes
    Galaxy S11 2020 H1 [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] Yes Yes
    Galaxy Note 11 2020 H2 [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete]
    Galaxy S12 2021 H1 [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] [incomplete] Yes
    Samsung Omnia HD 2009 H1 720p No Unknown No No Unknown First mobile phone in the world to support 720p HD video recording, thus the name.
    Samsung Omnia 2 2009 H1 D1 (3:2 720×480) No QVGA No No No
    Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) December 2015 1080p No No No Yes (No)

    Apple[edit]

    All iPhones use the real-time slow-motion recording method.

    •   Improvement compared to previous flagship phone.
    • Bold highlighting: Camera mode with highest pixel rate throughput.
    • Grey text: Same resolution available at a higher framerate.

    All listed phones include variants such as iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone 11 Pro Max.
    The video frame dimensions are always in the 16:9 format, unless otherways specified.

    iPhone rear (main) cameras: video recording.
    Device Release year 30fps 60fps 120fps 240fps >240fps Pixel rate

    per second

    Optical image stabilization (OIS) Audio recording Image sensor model
    iPhone 2G 2007 H1 No[note 7] No No No 0 No No
    iPhone 3G[note 8] 2008 No No No No No No
    iPhone 3GS 2009 640×480p 4:3 No No No 9.216.000 No Mono
    iPhone 4 2010 720p No No No 27.648.000 No Mono
    iPhone 4s 2011 1080p No No No 62.208.000 No Mono
    iPhone 5 2012 H1 1080p No No No 62.208.000 No Mono
    iPhone 5s 2013 H2 1080p No 720p No 110.592.000 No Mono
    iPhone 6/6+ 2014 H2 1080p 1080p 720p 720p 221.184.000 No[note 9] Mono
    iPhone 6s/6s+ 2015 H2 2160p 1080p 1080p 720p 248.832.000 Only 6s+ Mono
    iPhone SE 2016 H1 2160p 1080p 1080p 720p 248.832.000 No Mono
    iPhone 7/7+ 2016 H2 2160p 1080p 1080p 720p 248.832.000 Yes[note 10] Mono
    iPhone 8/8+/X 2017 H2 2160p 2160p 1080p 1080p 497.664.000 Yes Mono
    iPhone XS/XS+/XR 2018 H2 2160p 2160p 1080p 1080p 497.664.000 Yes Stereo
    iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max 2019 H2 2160p 2160p 1080p 1080p 497.664.000 Yes Stereo
    iPhone 12 2020 H2 2160p 2160p 2160p [note 11] 1080p@360fps
    1080p@480fps
    995.328.000 Yes Stereo
    Device Release year 30fps 60fps 120fps 240fps >240fps Pixels per second OIS OIS Audio recording

    OnePlus[edit]

    • OnePlus 6: 720p@480fps (max. 1 minute). Whether real-time method or menial method: unknown yet.

    Sony[edit]

    The Xperia Z1 can officially not record at 2160p, 1080p@60fps or 720p@120fps, but modifications can enable those recording modes, similarly to the Galaxy S4 GT-i9506 LTE-A. The Xperia Z1 is eqipped with the same CPU (Snapdragon 800) and GPU (Adreno 330) as the Galaxy Note 3 that supports 2160p@30fps and 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps video recording.

    LG Mobile[edit]

    LG V series[edit]

    The LG V10 (2015) was praised for a camera user interface that allowed setting resolution, framerate and bitrate independently from each other.

    ​In addition, similarly to the Sony FDR-AXP33 camcorder, many features of the user interface remain accessible, even during video recording.

    Unlike on Samsung's manual camera mode, it also allows adjusting the “ISO” light sensitivity while filming.

    Asus[edit]

    • Asus PadFone 2 – 720p@60fps

    References[edit]

    1. hSamsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review – GSMArena team, 9 November 2018

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    See also[edit]

    • Comparison of mobile phones

    Notes[edit]

    1. “Continuous” duration is considered at least one minute (60s) per video.
    2. Slow motion achievable through modifications, due to similar hardware as Galaxy Note 2.
    3. The menial slow motion recording method, when in use, shortens the maximum real-life recording duration to 1/2 (30m), 1/4 (15m) or 1/8 (7m30s), depending on the selected slow-motion mode, due to the respectiively stretched video output file. This applies to the Note 2, S4, Note 3, S5 and Note 4.
    4. The Galaxy S4 GT-i9506 can record at the same resolutions and framerates as the Galaxy Note 3 with modifications, due to same CPU and GPU chipsets.
    5. Only the LTE-A version G901F supports 2560×1440p “WQHD”. All flagships since the Note 4 support it.
    6. The Note 4 (Android 4.4.4) could be updated to Android 5 and then Android 6. However, with Android 5, choosing “1080p@60fps” actually records at 30fps due to an undocumented bug in Samsung's documentation, which was fixed with the Android 6 update.
    7. It was possible to enable video recording at QVGA 320×240@15fps with non-official (Jailbreak-involving) modifications.
    8. Video recording on the iPhone 3G at 320×240@30fps can be enabled using inofficial modifications that involve jailbreaking.
    9. Unlike the plain iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus was equipped with optical image stabilization hardware. However, it only activates for photos, not for videos.
    10. The tele photo camera of the iPhone 7+ is not equipped with optical image stabilization.
    11. 1440p@240fps (2560×1440) could be technically possible for the iPhone 12, but Apple did not use 1440p on the iPhone 6 despite technically possible, therefore they might neglect it again.

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