8K, 8K, and even more 8K
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra has arrived, and this new premium Android phone from ZTE looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
This is unquestionably a high-end handset, with an under-display selfie camera, fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, large, stunning curved-edge display, and plenty of RAM and storage space options. At the present, it’s only available in China, but ZTE has confirmed that it will be available worldwide in June 2022.
But there’s one feature in the video capturing department that’s even more shocking and stunning than the under-display camera.
The ZTE Axon 40 Ultra, you see, features three rear cameras, each with a 64MP sensor and a wide, ultra-wide, and periscope lens. And it appears that each of these supports 8K video recording.
When we encounter a smartphone that can capture video at this high resolution, it’s usually only on the main wide camera, so if you want to shoot with a broader field of view or zoomed in, you’re out of luck.
This isn’t the case here; you can shoot at the 5x optical zoom of the periscope camera if you wish, which should be ideal for varied video recording.
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iPhones have a reputation for being wonderful for video recording and filmmaking, and you can debate whether this is merited or entirely incorrect until the cows come home.
However, iPhones can only record in 4K at the moment; the iPhone 13 Pro has three rear cameras, all of which record at this quality, while non-Pro iPhones have even fewer.
The iPhone 14 is expected to be the first in the family to offer 8K video recording, which corresponds to reports that the phones would have a 48MP main camera (which would be necessary for 8K recording).
It’s worth noting that later leaks indicate that this is only for the iPhone 14 Pro, not the ordinary model.
So, at least one of the iPhone 14 Pro’s rear cameras may be capable of recording in 8K, but the others will almost certainly be limited to 4K. If you like high-resolution video, the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra is the better choice.
Although not everyone need 8K video, it can be handy because recording it allows you to re-frame or crop the footage when editing it – it’s preferable to record 8K and crop down to a 2K resolution than to film in 1080p and discover you can’t resize the material.
Sure, the iPhone 14 has some video features that make it better for video shooting, but the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra may as well, and we’ll have to test it out when we get our hands on it.
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