In recent years we have seen a dramatic increase in the technology of the camera as well as the smartphones. Earlier there was the dedicated camera for higher resolution recording but now it can be seen that many of the smartphones are capable of recording high-resolution 4K video recording which enables an individual to outperform many of the mainstream cameras which were called out for the recording purpose.

4K Ultra HD recordings are basically video recording captured in 3840 x 2160 pixels which are considered to be the latest mode of video recording and also automatic image stabilization technique which adequates the video recording even by a smartphone.

4K Phone 2019

With the help of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series chipsets, there was a fundamental change in the video recording era and it gave the power of seamless video recording in 4k on a smartphone.

4K recording is pressed by the means of minute details, utmost clarity on images and high color depth for each and every image sensing making a true to sense video recording out of the smartphones.

However there are certain aspects of 4K video recording by the smartphone, and the first one to mention is the battery consumption. It is evident that the chipset along with external sensors working in tandem requires a lot of energy to perform, this way many of the smartphones would be out of battery in case the video recording has been done for quite a long time.

The second aspect for the 4K video recording through a smartphone is the affordability of such smartphones, as the latest smartphone having capabilities to record 4K video are blessed with latest chipset and camera sensor which in otherwise takes the price of the smartphone in a record high.

Only one such benefit of having a recording 4K smartphone is that it would eliminate the need of heavier equipment such as camera, DSLRs which are tedious to maintain, while at the same time a smartphone would rather fit in a pocket and further help in the overall process of video recording.


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What is meant by 4k video?

4k video is the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160, which is nearly the four times quality of HD video. This is calculated on the total pixel for the frame. The advantage of 4k video is you can create multiple formats of videos for social media as well as for television. Nearly all high-end smartphone can now fill in this format. 4k gives much more control in post-production even in the images as well.

What is optical image stabilization in the smartphone?

Optical image stabilization or OIS technology in smartphones controls the camera shake. Camera shake is the thief of sharpness. So, OIS is a technology that reduces the blurring caused by the motion of the camera during exposure. Smartphones were bound to shake due to their heavy-weight, but now they come in lightweight and can capture even the slightest movement. OIS also helps to capture sharp images and videos without the use of software app.

List of Best 4K Recording Phones 2019:

Google Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 XL from Google is one of the best smartphones for shooting 4k videos and photos. Dual rear cameras are trending these days in flagships smartphone but Google has offered dual- lens on the front side instead of the rear side. Up front, the smartphone has dual 8MP + 8MP sensors with an aperture lens of f/1.8 and f/2.2 respectively which allows users to click impressive photos during the low- light conditions and night time period.

On the rear side, there is a single 12.2 MP camera with alluring features such as dual- pixel technology, an aperture of f/1.8, a 76-degree field-of-view, OIS+EIS and in-built spectral + flicker sensor.

Google Pixel 3 XL

If you are in search of best 4K videos than the Google Pixel 3XL is the best options which you can consider for purchasing. Interestingly, the device features a 6.3-inch QHD+ Display wherein the users can enjoy the games and videos in a larger screen which provides the great experience. Apart from that, it also supports HDR and 4K videos.

Google Pixel 3XL has been launched in three color options including Not Pink, Just Black and Clearly White. Not Pink Color variant is not available for It is available in 4GB RAM and 64GB/128 storage model.

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iPhone XS

Apple always offered best camera sensors in its recent flagships. The recently launched iPhone XS comes with dual 12MP camera sensors thanks to the wide- angle lens, telephoto lens, digital and optical zoom, five portrait lighting effects and TrueTone quad-LED flash. Up front, there is a 7MP selfie snapper thanks to wide-angle lens of f/2.2, HD video up to 60 fps as well as all-new video stabilization.

Apart from that, it comes preloaded with Animoji and Memoji feature which allow users to capture selfies as per their requirement.

iPhone XS

An advanced dual rear camera set up has been equipped with ISP, the Neural Engine and advanced algorithms which allows to capture unforgettable shots and unlock new creative possibilities.

The Apple iPhone XS has been launched in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants which is sufficient enough to store data on the device. It is available in three color options including Space Grey, Silver, and Gold.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Galaxy S9 Plus from Samsung is a flagship smartphone in Galaxy series which is to be considered great for shooting videos and 4K recording. The major highlighting feature of Galaxy S9 Plus is its camera lens which allows users to capture stunning photos.

On the back side, there are dual cameras consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor and wide-angle lens and a 12MP secondary sensor featuring telephotos lens and an aperture of f/2.4. Up front, there is an 8MP sensor for taking selfies and video calling.

samsung galaxy s9 plus

The camera supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which allows users to capture clear photos even in a case when your hands are shaking. It is a premium smartphone that comes with outperforming specifications like Exynos 9810 Octa-core processor, Android Oreo OS, inbuilt emoji creator (Animoji), dual aperture, slow-motion video recording, dual-stereo speakers and more.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus alluring colors such as Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black looks stunning in terms of appearance. Its bezel-less display provides a great experience while watching movies and playing games. Through AR Emoji stickers, the users can express their emotions/ feelings with their friends, family members and can do fun as well.

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OnePlus 6T

The recently launched OnePlus 6T comes with under- display fingerprint scanner for the first time in the history of OnePlus smartphones. Interestingly, OnePlus has achieved a great response from the customers across the globe and in a short span of time OnePlus has gained great position worldwide.

OnePlus 6T has been created with care and purpose and its glass back panel with color options like Mirror Black, Midnight Black and newly launched Thunder Purple Edition looks outstanding in appearance. It features a larger 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display with 86 percent screen-to-body ratio. Its slim and cut- out pattern provides a premium look to the device. The users can shoot 4K videos on OnePlus 6T and it supports HDR as well.

OnePlus 6T

In terms of optics, OnePlus 6T has dual cameras on the rear side which includes a 20MP primary sensor and 16MP secondary sensor. The rear camera setup comes with features like Optical image stabilization (OIS), Super slow motion, Intelligent Scene Recognition, Nightscape mode and Studio lighting. Up front, there is a 16MP sensor for selfies and video calling.

The key highlights of OnePlus 6T include 3700mAH battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, Android 9.0 operating system and more.

LG G7 Thin Q

LG G7 Thin Q is one of the best smartphones for recording 4K videos and photos. The camera sensors are the key highlights of LG G7 Thin Q which lets users capture stunning photos with the help of LG GRAPHY 2.0 under which the users can modify some changes in live photos through Portrait Mode, Sticker features that are available in the camera app.

The smartphone comes with dual rear camera setup which includes a 16MP primary sensor standard angle lens and an aperture of f/1.6 aperture lens as well as a 16MP secondary sensor with wide- angle lens and an aperture of f/1.9. For selfies and video calling, there is an 8MP front-facing camera.

LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 Thin Q has been in two color options including Platinum and Black. The other key features of LG G7 Thin Q include a 6.1-inch QHD+ Display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 3000 mAh battery along with fast charging support. It is being certified with IP68 which protects the device from splashes of water and dust particles.

Xiaomi Mi A2

The Mi A2 comes with 2X zoom dual-lens system, 12MP (Sony IMX486 sensor) primary camera and 20MP (Sony IMX376K sensor) secondary camera. The primary camera comes with a 56mm telephoto lens that helps to 2x optical zoom as well as portrait mode. The secondary camera has the same focal length as the primary camera and well performed in low-light. If you are searching for the best 4k recording phones under 15k then Mi A2 is perfect for you.

Xiaomi Mi A2
The Mi A2 is a low budget smartphone and is capable to shoot a perfect ultra HD or 4k videos at 30fps. The smartphone records video in both 1080p and 2160p but video stabilization works only for 1080p. The camera does not have OIS but it supports EIS for video recording. The smartphone camera is nice and detailed with no noise but it is not fair to compare it with the OnePlus 6 or iPhone X.

Huawei P10

The Huawei P10 has Leica-tuned dual-camera setup, one with a 20MP monochrome sensor and other is paired with a 12MP RGB sensor. The smartphone offers better low-light performance, improved black & white photography and the ability to create a more realistic bokeh effect.

huawei p10

The smartphone is capable of captures 4K videos at 30fps or standard FHD footage at 60fps with the good detailed, sharp and good contrast. The slow motion and capture time-lapses like features also added to this phone. The audio is recorded in stereo at 192kbps, which is excellent.

Oppo Find X

The Oppo Find X comes with the dual rear camera setup, a 16MP primary camera and a 20MP secondary camera on the back and a 25MP front camera for selfies & face unlock. The Find X is the first slider camera phone that can shoot 4k or 1080p resolution video at 30fps and support Only Optical One (OIS).


The Find X also has a slow-mo mode that can go up to 240fps in 720p and 120fps in 1080p. Audio is recorded in stereo at 96kbps. If we talking about the quality of the 4k videos is great with true colors, good contrast and enough detail.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the best triple camera phone, launched on 27 November 2018 in India. It offers the large-zoom triple-camera on its back, 40MP primary camera + 8MP OIS telephoto + 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide and a 24-megapixel front camera for selfies. The 3x optically zoom camera capture sharp and details photos.

huawei mate 20 pro

The Mate 20 Pro embedded with great features i.e. IR Blaster, IP68 water resistant, under-display fingerprint reader and 3D face unlock. You can shoot 4k resolution video at 60fps and choose between the h.264 and h.265 codecs. The smartphone has spectacular EIS and even videos shot at low light look great & the recorded audio is stereo with 192kbps bitrate. You can also shoot 720p super slow-mo videos at 960fps and capture every detail of fast-moving scenes.