The Best Video Smartphone

So, maybe you love shooting special days and hilarious parties, but your current smartphone turns out blurry results, and you want the best video smartphone that can shoot really crisp gorgeous looking 4K to your footage on demand.

We’ve reviewed dozens of good quality smartphone devices over the past year discussing their strengths and weaknesses, but we see that a lot of people do ask about the best video smartphone as well. Here are our favorite camera phones for a Corden video picked out for their video recording skills and features. and we’ve even included a couple of budget-friendly options in case your interested in that.

Pretty much every smartphone over the 250 to 300 USD price point, now comes with the option to shoot 4k video. that means crisp highly detailed footage when viewed back on an ultra HD telly or monitor.

Many Mobile’s also offer the option of shooting at 60fps, rather than that traditional 30fps. It’s higher frame rate produces super smooth hyper realistic results whenever you’re capturing a subject in motion; however, even now in 2019 relatively few smartphones actually combine the 4k resolution and 60fps.

One of the first to do so, was Apple’s iPhone and the iPhone 10s maintains that feature clip shot at this level. It looks impressively natural while Apple’s image stabilization holds up admirably, you still don’t get much shake when walking and shooting on the Android front.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 also captures grit that can furnish up at 4k 60fps level, but if your budget is a bit tighter, then the Oneplus 6T can also shoot 4k video at 60fps. And again the image stabilization is surprisingly strong and likewise Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 also offers this feature.

One always dependable manufacturer when it comes to smart phone cameras, is Sony Mobile. You’re always going to each strong video results with its flagship smartphones, and the Xperia XZ3 is no different. It is one of the only smart phones around that can shoot 4k video with full HDR support, and the high dynamic range feature means impressive detail levels when shooting the high contrast scene.

Those bright areas don’t drown out the rest of the image, so you still get fine detail in those darker sections. These are only when necessary as small does occasionally mess with more vivid colors, but it definitely makes a real difference when you really need it.
Xperia XZ2 premium also boast 4K HDR recording, and proves very dependable for low-light shooting too.

Thanks to its formidable combination of RGB and monarch Lenz’s, even at night you get very little green as some sharp contrast. So this would definitely be a great choice for shooter nighttime events like fireworks and stuff like gates.

Now, we start to see a few premium smartphones emerge with multiple camera lenses. and we’re not just talking about dual lens shooters with a basic depth sensor, Huawei Mate 20 Pro for instance boasts a wide angle and the telephoto option on top of that primary lens, and you can switch between the three for shooting video at up to 4k resolution to get a very different view.

This level of flexibility is seriously impressive for a mobile device; although, be warned. While the Huawei 20 Pro shoots smooth-looking 4k video, we have experienced some image tearing at the far left and right edges thanks to the image stabilization feature.
Another option with this level of flexibility is the LGV 40, and we really can’t fault the video results here at all. Not only do you have those three lenses to choose from, but the results look stunning across a full range of conditions.

If you simply want a no false camera form that can shoot gridlock in video, you also can’t go long with Google’s latest pixel 3 and pixel 3XL. folky resolution video shot at 30fps looks perfectly natural, while that solitary lens adapts 27 changes in focal distance or ambient light, and pretty much instantaneously as stabilization is nice and smooth to when you’re moving and shooting at the same time.

Some smartphones also now offer a super slow-motion feature, shooting at the heavy 960fps for seriously impressive results when played back.

Sony is the best around right now, shooting these clips at Full HD resolution something that I’ve only seen matched by Xiaomi’s Mi mix 3. The rest will do it at 720p and to be honest, it looks a bit grainy and crap.

Now, if your budget is a bit tight when you don’t have around $500 plus to spend on a new smartphone to just recording a bit video, then no worries! for instance the Nokia 7 Plus costs around 300 to 350 USD price range, and it still gets off thumbs up when it comes to its video recording capabilities.

This Zeiss branded camera, can capture 4k resolution footage with typically crisp and colorful results. The focus deals well with whatever you throw at it; although, image stabilization is a bit janky at that Ultra HD level. So, you’ll want to not move around too much while shooting.

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One video feature we love on Nokia’s handsets, is the ORS or audio capture. This does an impressive job of producing 260 degrees surround sound when viewing back your videos with headphones.

And for a little less cash, we can also recommend Motorola’s Moto G Plus handsets. the Moto G6 plus back from 2018 it’s still a star again often 4k resolution video with admirable results. So, all round above the best camera phones, and if you think that we missed a great competitor let me know in the comments below.

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Daven Klarsen is a technology writer and researcher. He's also an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to the LAL. When not working, you can usually find him tweaking his Android devices or watching soccer news.