Here we do a general overview of setting up an iPhone 6s to shoot 4K and HD slomo (using the built-in camera app). Also, how to transfer footage to another device using AirDrop, along with a few other general shooting tips. NOTE: Some of the settings will only be available on the latest phone (currently the 6s) and running the latest iOS software.
The rear facing camera on the iPhone is capable of shooting HD video and beyond if you know how. Not only can you shoot 4K video on the iPhone, but you can even change the frames per second to give you the smoothest video with the highest number of pixels.
The first iPhone that was able to shoot in 4K was the iPhone 6, so if you’ve got the 6 or a more recent iPhone running at least iOS 9, you’ll be able to super-charge your camera’s shooting.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as just opening up your camera and pressing record. You will need to open up your settings, but don’t worry, it’s not too complicated.
Go to Settings
tap either Record Video or Record Slow-mo,
and select your preferred resolution from the listed options. If you want to see what that looks like in action, check out this video we made below:
Standard video recording
- 720p HD at 30fps: 40MB per minute
- 1080p HD at 30fps (default resolution): 60MB per minute
- 1080p HD at 60fps (smoother video): 90MB per minute
- 4K at 24fps: 135MB per minute
- 4K at 30fps: 170MB per minute
- 4K at 60fps: 400MB per minute
Slo-mo video recording
1080p HD at 120fps: 170MB per minute
1080p HD at 240fps (most frames, default): 480MB per minute
Once you’ve got your beautiful video, you’re presumably going to want to do something with it. Why not check out our guide for the best free iOS video editors to get you footage cut and ready to share with the world.