The action camera form factor has advantages and better ergonomics but the Samsung video quality turns out to be better than we expected.
The cameras in these phones appear significantly improved and 4K 30P with OIS is a good thing. The iPhone 7 Plus features two lenses: 28mm F1.8 and 56mm F2.8 equivalents.
We have previously questioned if 4K was necessary for cell phone displays given the extra battery draw. Now there seems to be a justification: VR. This 5.5 inch display carries on the AMOLED tradition and apart from its higher resolution show have similar qualities to the previous generation of display.
Of course these phones won’t replace a proper video camera let alone a hybrid digital camera with video features, but it’s nice to know in a pinch they can record some footage that would be useable for some purposes.
The OnePlus 2 smartphone joins the ranks of smartphones that record 4K video.
We are a fan of the culture of OnePlus which offered more freedom and engagement than most manufacturers.
We have received a rumor recently that Samsung is planning, based on its new Exynos 8890 processor, a version of the Galaxy S7 that would have a 4K screen. It’s not clear if this would be sold in South Korea only or to the international markets as well. As we have previously mentioned we think dynamic range, battery life, glare reduction and brightness are more worthy pursuits than 4K for phones.
Now if only Apple TV would support 4K…