Apple adds 4K 60p HEVC to iPhone 8 and iPhone X

September 13th, 2017 Jump to Comment Section 7
Apple adds 4K 60p HEVC to iPhone 8 and iPhone X

Apple has announced the new iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X (pronounced ‘ten’), both of which will be able to record 1080p 240fps and 2160p 60fps using the latest HEVC (H.265) codec.

iPhone X

Speaking from the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple’s brand new campus in Cupertino, CEO Tim Cook revealed that Apple’s flagship iPhone X will also have a 2436 x 1125 “Super Retina” OLED display with support for Dolby Vision and HDR10. Here are the full video specs for both new phones:

iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X:

  • 4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps
  • 720p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
  • Optical image stabilization for video
  • Optical zoom; 6x digital zoom (iPhone 8 Plus only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash
  • Time‑lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p)
  • Continuous autofocus video
  • Body and face detection
  • Noise reduction
  • Take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video
  • Playback zoom
  • Video geotagging
  • Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264

For me, I’m a tad disappointed that Apple has finally included an OLED HDR display on one of its phones, and yet hasn’t seen fit to include 10-bit recording. Similarly, it’s got a camera that can shoot 4K 60p, yet a display that only has a 2436 x 1125 resolution. However, given its massive presence in the phone market, and the announcement of a new 4K HDR Apple TV, it will no doubt play a big part in helping to bring these latest technologies to the masses, in a way that the camera and TV manufactures couldn’t alone.

The iPhone X comes in 64GB or 256GB storage capacities, priced from $999 (£999). The iPhone X will be available to pre-order from October 27th and will ship on November 3rd. The iPhone 8 will start at $699 (Plus model $799) with pre-orders from September 15th and shipping on September 22nd.

Could the iPhone X be the best filmmaking smartphone yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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