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Now, if the good camera is your main priority in a new smartphone, then here is what you need to know, starting first from a video point of view, most phones now come with the ability to shoot in 4k at a variety of different frame rates. This is being shot in 4k at 30 frames, a second on both the iPhone 11 pro and the pixel 4 XL. These are the two examples on using and, as I said, 4k tends to be the max you can shoot in other than the samsung galaxy s. 20 altro, which now can shoot in a whopping 8k only available on the rear camera, and there are a few limitations to it as well. But you are future proofing and it's still incredible that this can be done on a smartphone. And even though there are not a great deal of 8k TVs, for example, currently right now, the footage difference is still noticeable on lower res screens, and you can crop in and get some great stills from that video as well. Follow me over on Instagram, where I'm teaming up with something to show you how to actually do that now frame rate is not actually as complicated as it may sounds, or some of you but let's address it, because you may be buying a phone with features that You don't really need very simply. The number of FPS or frames per second represents the amount of times the image refreshes per second.
So theoretically, if it was 5 fps, the footage would be very jarring with a lot of motion blur, because the image is only refreshing. 5 times per second, whereas 120 fps, for example, would be very smooth because you're getting a hundred and twenty images together in one second 24 frames per second, is considered cinema standard and has a specific cinematic dreamy. Mild motion blur II kind of look which we as a society have become accustomed to 30 frames per second, is more well known for standard TV or educational videos and like a lot of content that you will see on YouTube it's what I'm currently shooting this on. Although I'm exporting in 60 frames per second to show better refresh rates on phones, etc and 60 frames per second is great for sports gameplay. Anything that's fast motion that you don't really want any motion blur on. If there isn't much movement within the frame and you're using 60 frames per second, the picture often looks a little bit odd and I personally wouldn't advise shooting 60 frames per second, if you're not doing a lot of movement apart from one scenario, creating slow mo footage In post, if you shoot in a high frame rate, either 60 or 120 fps, you can slow that footage down in your edit and because there's more information, there are more frames. The footage remains nice and smooth. If you slow down 24 frames per second, even 30 frames per second, it can often look a little bit jari jerky and just not very smooth.
Now, yes, most smartphones do offer built in slow. My features and I think Huawei lead the race with the highest amount of frame rate. I think it's, seven thousand eight hundred and sixty fps. Let me just check, I was bang on at 720p. Another hugely important feature to look out for for video is stabilization. Most phones now have some form of stabilization for video on both rear and front cameras. Whether that be oh is optical. Image, stabilization or EIS. Electronic image, stabilization or both OAS is generally considered better, as you actually have pieces of the lens that shift to compensate for shaky hand movements, whereas AIS is done via software. Only the iPhone 11 series has brilliant stabilization, but so do quite a few other Android phones. Now, including the oneplus 8 Pro and the Galaxy S 20 series, as you may have seen in my full comparison, video of the three phones, HDR or high dynamic range, is another phrase. It gets bandied about across many different review. Videos. Very simply. It technically means the camera takes more than one photo at the same time in differing exposures and blends them together for one image: the better HDR capabilities, the more detail there will be in the darkest points of the shot, whilst avoiding blowing out or over exposing the Brightest areas like skies, a lot of smartphone cameras now have the primary lens and ultra wide angle lens, and the growing trend over the last few years has been huge, zoom distance capabilities, often using some sort of periscope lens, the fine x2 Pro the p40 Pro and The s20 ultra again come to mind, but if you're asking me, the question are these huge zooms, necessary I'd have to say yes and no? The key is to look for a high optical zoom number, as if a zoom is optical.
It means that, up to that specific number, whether that be 2 times 3 times 5 times, the image quality will be the unchanged if the zoom is digital. The image quality will very quickly degrade as you zoom in so if your phone has, for example, five times optical zoom, it means that you can zoom in up to five times, and the image quality will be pretty much the same, just closer if it's two times Optical zoom, like the iPhone 11 Pro you'll, get that same image quality up to two times and then, if you go two three four five times zoom, it will start to get quite grainy. Now the galaxy s 20 ultra offers ten times hybrid zoom, a mix of optical and digital and up to a hundred times, digital zoom, the Oppo, fine, x2 Pro and Huawei p40 Pro offer 60 times and 50 times digital zoom respectively. But I personally don't think you should buy a phone like this. If the selling point of view is just the huge zoom capabilities, because the actual image quality is average at best. That being said, they are all fun to play around with in those distances and the true brilliance of those big zoom smartphones is in the sort of five to ten to twenty, sometimes even thirty times you can get some really really great shots with those. Now, before we dissect battery life, a quick word from today's video sponsor ESR they've been kind enough to send over four of their brand new 2020.
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Yet the 11pro max has absolutely killed the game when it comes to battery life since its release last year, largely due to the iOS software and, of course, the a13 Bionic chip. I strongly recommend you check out my iPhone 11 pro vs galaxy s: 20 ultra vs. 1 8, pro video for a new take on a battery drain test between those three phones and just an overall comparison on which phone, I think, is actually best. Now, if you want to use your phone for media consumption and gaming, then of course a great display is a necessity, but there are, of course, a lot of factors which make a great display for simplicity, I've narrowed it down to three core features. Firstly, you need to decide whether you're going for an LCD or AMOLED OLED, which are essentially the same. The main advantage of LCD technology is it's, usually cheaper, but most flagships are now using AMOLED panels, as they generally have a fair few advantages. Firstly, every pixel can be switched off separately from one another, so as a result, there's no need for a backlight like there is with an LCD screen, so blacks are richer. Darker and images on the whole tend to have a greater contrast, because there is no backlight shining through also because these pixels can be turned off. It generally helps save your battery. Some people complain of burnin or color shifts over time to the more consistent LCD technology, but other people don't really have a problem for me personally, if you can afford it, I would always recommend going with an AMOLED display, but it's not so cut and dried.
The second key display factor is refresh rate similar to frame rate, as we've already mentioned, the higher the number the more time to display refreshes per second. This provides a smoother more fluid experience. I think the highest currently on a smartphone is a hundred and forty four Hertz. The red magic comes to mind, but oneplus Samsung, Huawei, Oppo Xiaomi. All of these companies pretty much have upped their refresh rate from the standard 60 Hertz, which we've seen for many many years up until a couple of years ago, when things started to shift the only company, the only major company that haven't is Apple, iPhone 12 it's Gon na have 120 Hertz now, while great these refresh rates obviously have nothing to do with actual image, quality and sharpness that comes down to the actual resolution. The phones can. Output manufacturers have been upping this, as well as PPI or pixels per inch over the last few years as well and generally. We now have four different options: 720p, HD, 1080p, full hd, 1440p or quad HD and 2160 or 4k. Still to this day, there are very few 4k display smartphones. I think Sony comes to a company who have been producing 4k displays for quite a few years now, but the majority of others have been full HD or full HD, Plus now, with the longer narrower display aspect, ratio or quad, HD, quad, HD plus as well. So do you really need a 4k or quad HD display on a smartphone? Well, I personally have been a bit spoil over the last couple of years being able to test and use both 4k and quad.
Hd displays and I cannotice the difference, but I think it's quite slight and I think the average consumer doesn't necessarily really need a 4k display and to some extent even a quad HD one full HD or full HD plus phones still look excellent. If the panel is good, telling TP is still good enough for pretty much all you need to do on a smartphone, because the screen is so small, different to a 55 inch or 65 inch TV, where the difference is more noticeable, in fact, Samsung absolutely limit their S20 range to 1080p, if you're, using the 120 Hertz higher refresh rate, the only one. I would steer clear from now that we're in 2020 is 720. You can still use a 720p phone and you can get on with it quite fine. I just think, especially if you're trying to future proof, it's it's long gone personally with all the phones that I've had available to me. I would have to say the galaxy s 20 range and the oneplus 8 pro, which uses a samsung panel. Of course, as well are probably the best two displays on the market. If I had to pick one, I would probably actually go with the oneplus 8 Pro simply because you can have the resolution a quad HD and the high refresh rate of 120 Hertz as well. At the same time, on top of that it's super bright at 1300 nits and with its MMC smoothing technology, along with the JNA CD rating of naught point 4.
It really is a display dream now, you're still a little bit confused about which phone might be best for you, good because I'm just about to make it even more complicated over the last few years. It has, of course, become harder to decide on a brand new handset due to three new factors: the oldest of those three factors, and probably the most simple to get your head round is: do you want a curved display or a flat display? The curved display was most notably seen on Samsung devices first, but that trend has spread throughout the market and some manufacturers have even evolved it slightly into what they call a waterfall display, which is even more sharp on the sides with even smaller bezels. I personally am a big fan of how it makes the phone look it's very immersive, but granted there's, not a huge amount of extra functionality with that style of display. There'S also increased fragility because of it, and some people complain of accidental touches etc, which you don't, get or it's very minimal on a flat display now curved displays has mentioned, have been very, very popular in the last couple of years amongst manufacturers and consumers. But I wouldn't be surprised and I've got a sneaky suspicion that the flat display may be just about to make a comeback. Now the second new choice we now have is: do you go with a standard smartphone, or do you go with a foldable or flexible phone? The likes of the Galaxy fold, Galaxy flip or mate XS, for example.
Now, while I have absolutely loved using the Galaxy fold, I can still see its drawbacks and personally, unless you have the money for two devices, I certainly think waiting and not being an early adopter. May serve you well as improvements to durability and form and function I'm sure are just around the corner. Now the third new decision that's cropped up recently is: do you buy a gaming smartphone or what is a gaming smartphone? Now the main benefits are that they usually come with liquid cooling systems to reduce thermal throttling and thus maintaining optimum performance. They often have front facing stereo speakers, headphone jacks, as well still as well as the much talks about high refresh rates and gaming modes as well, which limit notifications, etc. When you are mid game, and one of the great things that I love about them and that does tend to set them apart slightly from normal smartphones – is the design of them, how they look, how they feel in the hand and the accessories that can be bundled. In as well, including joysticks and triggers, etc, now again similar to foldable smartphones, I do see a place for these on the market, but I think for the vast majority of people just right now, they're not quite necessary and that's, simply because most high end phones have A lot of those features anyway, another point one plus, for example, with their fanatic mode made in conjunction with the eSports organizer.
So, yes, I, like gaming phones and if you are a heavy gamer or an eSports player, for example, in one of those different games, then definitely something to consider but again for the average consumer, possibly not necessary. Now one very key important thing to think about is when you've decided on your specific phone that you, like the look of make sure it's compatible with your network provider, the likes of o2 and EE in the UK, Verizon and ATampT in the US and Airtel in India, for example, check which bans the phone supports and check which bans your network uses. If these correlate, you should be fine and have access to 4G and Phi G, if you're quite there yet and speaking of 5g. Is that a hundred percent necessary for you right now? Another thing to consider very small portions of towns and cities in the UK currently have the infrastructure for 5g, the same in the US and globally as well. Some places don't have any areas with 5g at all, but don't get it twisted. 5G is coming and they really aren't ramping up production in a lot of areas. So if you want to future proof, yourself, then definitely consider getting a phone that's compatible with 5g as well for more information on 5g. I will leave a link in the video description below for a video that I did on that it's a little bit old. The quality is not amazing, but still it gives you all the information you need to know about 5g and what's about to happen a lot to take in, but pretty much all the phones I've talked about in this video.