Samsung 11 Feb , introduced the flagship product line, which includes Galaxy S20, S20+ S20 and Ultra. Together with them, the company also introduced a foldable Galaxy Z Flip my opinion on this device shared by my colleague Ivan Kuznetsov. S20, S20+ S20 Ultra and offer the flagship iron and all the better. Under the best we mean-including the possibility of recording 8K video. How much weighs 1 minute video recording in this quality? To this question we have the answer! But before that, we propose to evaluate new Xiaomi Mi 10, which also supports recording in 8K.
According to our colleagues from SamMobile, size 8K-video duration 1 minute is equal to 600 megabytes. For comparison, 4K video at 30 frames per second takes about 200 to 350 MB depending on the bitrate, format and other factors.
It is interesting that the frame size in 8K is 33 million pixels, whereas 4K is only 8.3 million. One could expect even larger at this resolution, but the codec HEVC will significantly reduce the size.
At the presentation, Samsung announced that now through S20 can be a filmmaker, but in practice it’s a little different. S20 supports shooting in 8K only within 5 minutes due to risk of overheating of the device. And a similar situation was observed in 2013 when he first started to appear on the device with support for 4K video recording. Then the flagship was also limited by the duration of the video in 5 minutes. Moreover, the Sony smartphones even turned off during video recording due to overheating.
Minimal modification S20 offers 128 GB of internal memory, so 1 hour of video in 8K will occupy on the device 36 gigabytes, which is, however, not so much. All about 5-minute limit.
Galaxy S20 Ultra offers real 960 frames per second
Samsung claims that the S20 and S20+ support time-lapse at 960 frames per second, with about S20 Ultra not a word was said. The comment on the official website says that the S20 and the S20 Plus support time-lapse with FHD resolution and 960 frames per second, whereas S20 Ultra is capable of shooting at 480 frames per second and HD resolutions, and 960 frames on S20 Ultra work software interpolation.
A possible reason for this restriction is that the 108 MP camera S20 Ultra does not have enough DRAM for recording 960 frames.
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Compromises and marketing
A similar situation around the flagship models look a bit ridiculous and absurd. Producers to maximize PR offer consumers a feature that is not suitable for normal use. Who needs a recording 8K video, limited to five minutes? And why suddenly S20 Ultra deprived of a function that is available the cheaper models? While Samsung says this only in passing on the official website. How so? Marketing has led to the fact that for 1400 dollars, users are forced to buy the compromise device is not without flaws and nuances, which you are unlikely to know before the purchase of the phone.
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