The Samsung Galaxy S20 is so far the first phone in the world that can shoot 8K video. That’s made possible by all-new camera sensors and the Snapdragon 865 chipset, and together you can shoot video that has four times the amount of pixels as 4K.
How to shoot 8K video on the Galaxy S20
1. Open the Camera app > Switch to the Video mode > Select the Video Ratio button to switch to 8K.
2. Select 9:16 8K to enable 8K video recording > Hit Record to start shooting 8K content.
How to edit 8K video on the Galaxy S20
Samsung’s default video editor lets you easily edit 8K footage shot on the phone. You can get started straight from the camera interface:
- In the camera UI, select the video from the media preview (on the left) > Select Edit button.
- Hit Allow to give Video Editor access to your phone’s storage.
- You can make the requisite edits from the video editor’s interface. You get the option to add text, trim the video length, and include emoji, filters, and effects. Note that adding text or emoji effects converts the video to 4K.
Pros and cons
One of the more interesting points about 8K video recording is that you can pull 33MP stills straight from the video. As you’d imagine, the phone gets very warm when shooting an 8K video, but there’s no limit to how much you can shoot — provided that you have the storage.
While it’s exciting to be able to shoot in 8K from a phone, there are a few things to note:
You’ll only be able to shoot in a 16:9 format, and the frame rate is limited to 24 frames per second (FPS). By contrast, you can shoot 4K at 60FPS on the phone, but then again you’re getting four times the pixels with 8K.
Another issue with 8K is that there’s no video stabilization, so you will have to resort to using a tripod if you want stable footage. Oh, and a minute of 8K footage takes up to 800MB of storage, so if you’re looking to shoot a 10-minute video, that comes out to 8GB. The Galaxy S20 comes with 128GB of storage as standard, and you can pick up the 512GB variant, but even then it isn’t difficult to burn through the phone’s storage if you shoot a lot of 8K content. Then there’s the issue of playback: there aren’t many affordable devices that can playback 8K content today.
Still, 8K video is an important step forward, and you’ll have to pick up the Galaxy S20 if you want to get started with shooting 8K content straight from your phone.