Slow-motions videos are always fun to watch, but they are not as easy to film. Phone cameras have been doing slow-mos for a while, but it’s only now that they have gotten the hang of it. Things are still far from perfect, though. You will need a good deal of light, preferably outdoor settings, to shoot decent footage and most phones only allow only 0.5 to 3 seconds (mostly a fraction of a second) of true slow-motion capture, which makes it really tricky to shoot the moment you actually want to.

But yes, the ability to capture slow-motion footage is high in demand and manufacturers are obliging even their affordable products, even if it’s with software trickery. Before we proceed to the list of phones that shoot great slow-motion videos, here are a few basics you should know. 

960fps vs 480fps slow-motion videos on phones

Slow-motion video recording is about capturing more frames every second. Most content plays at 24, 30 or 60 frames per second, and if the camera shoots more frames per second than your media player playback, you will be able to stretch the footage you captured over a longer time – resulting in slow-motion videos. 

There are two necessary requirements for effective high fps slow-motion capture:

  1. Chipset support
  2. DRAM stacked on the camera sensor. 

Two popular frame rates for slow motion on phones are 960fps and 480fps. As stated above, you will need hardware support on the camera sensor to shoot true 960fps. Such camera sensors with DRAM are still very rare. All of the popular 48MP and 64MP camera sensors that we saw this year max out at 480fps. 

Many affordable phones that claim 960fps slow-motion video recording actually use software interpolation to copy and duplicate frames in between, resulting in choppy and poor quality slow- mos. 

There are a few sensors that have native 960fps support and these include Sony IMX350, Sony IMX500, Samsung ISOCELL Fast 2L3, and Samsung ISOCELL Fast 2L4. Currently, you will find them mostly on Samsung, Sony, and Huawei flagships. 

Best Phones That Support Slow Motion Video recording in 2022 

1. Sony Xperia Pro-I (4K@120fps)

Sony Xperia Pro- l is the first phone that can record 4k@120fps in HDR10+ and the footage is quite impressive when shot under adequate daylight. You can go on to record 1080p videos at 240fps. It’s 5-axis Gyro EIS and OIS ensure videos are shake-free, most time.

The Xperia Pro-l is powered by Snapdragon 888 octa-core chipset, has a 6.5-inch 120Hz OLED display, and a 4500mAh battery. Other features include Android 11 (upgradeable), stereo speakers, USB Type 3.2 storage, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, and 30W fast charging.

Sony Xperia Pro-l:

  • Rear camera specs: Primary 12MP (f/2.0-4.0), 12MP (f/2.4) telephoto, 12MP (f/2.2) ultra wide-angle, 0.3MP TOF 3D depth
  • Video capture specs: 4320p 4K@24/30/60/120fps HDR, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps

2. Samsung Galaxy S22 series (960fps)

Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra (review) can capture slow-motion videos at 960fps. It can do 4K@60fps, 1080P@240fps and 720P@ 960fps. While Samsung has made enhancements in overall videography, the slow-motion capabilities of the Galaxy S22 series remain the same as that of the Galaxy S21 series from last year. 

Apart from Slo-mos, these S22 series phones are also capable of recording 8K videos at 24fps. Here’s brief summary of camera hardware:

Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+:

  • Rear camera specs: Primary 50MP (f/1.8), 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto, 12MP ultra wide-angle (f/2.2)
  • Video capture specs: 4320p@24fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: 

  • Rear camera specs: Primary 108MP (f/1.8), 10MP (f/4.9) periscope telephoto, 10MP (f/2.4) telephoto, and 12MP ultra wide-angle (f/2.2)
  • Video capture specs: 4320p@24fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, dual-video rec., stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS

Other Samsung phones with similar slow-motion video recording:

3. Xiaomi 12 Pro (1920fps)

Xiaomi 2022 flagship is also capable of delivering excellent slow-motion video. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powered phone can record 720p videos at 1920fps. It uses interpolation technique to achieve such a feat.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro can record full HD videos at 30/120/240fps whereas 4K clips can be recorded at 30/60fps with HDR10+ colors. It is also capable of shooting 8K@24fps with (HDR).

Xiaomi 12 Pro camera details:

Rear camera specs: Primary 50MP (f/1.9), 50MP (f/1.9) telephoto, 50MP (f/2.2) ultra wide-angle
Video capture specs: 8K@24fps(HDR), 4K@30/60 HDR10+, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps

Other Xiaomi phones with similar slow-motion video recording:

4. Huawei Mate 40 Pro (1920fps)

Huawei continues to excel at slow-motion recording. Just as the Mate 30 Pro, the Mate 40 Pro can record half-second 1920fps footage at 720p and interpolate it to 3840fps (In comparison, the Mate 30 Pro and P40 Pro interpolate to 7680 fps).

The Mate 40 Pro has a 50MP sensor with omnidirectional AF, a 12MP periscope telephoto lens, a 20MP ultrawide, and a 13MP ultra-wide camera on the front for selfies. It’s powered by 5nm Kirin 9000 chipset paired with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. Unfortunately, Google Play Services isn’t supported on the phone and availability is consequently very limited.

  • Rear Camera specs: 50MP (f/1.9) primary, 12MP(f/3.4) telephoto, 20MP (f/1.8) ultra-wide
  • Video capture specs: 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps/960fps,  720p@1920fps/3840fps (AI Interpolated), gyro-EIS

Other Huawei phones with similar slow-motion video recording:

5. OnePlus 8T (480fps)

OnePlus 8T is your best among the OnePlus line-up of phones for capturing slow-motion videos. It’s not a slow-motion champ but it’s a decent all-around option that can record decent 1080p slow-motion footage at 240fps. The latest OnePlus offerings like the OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro only support 1080P at 240fps.

The 8T is steered by Snapdragon 865+ chipset, has an HDR10+ compliant 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a 4500mAh battery.

  • Rear Camera specs: 48MP (f/1.7) primary, 16MP(f/2.2) ultra-wide, 5MP (f/2.4) macro, 2MP depth sensor
  • Video capture specs: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480/120/60/30 fps

6. Sony Xperia 1 (960fps)

Sony has always delivered cutting-edge camera specs on its flagships. The Xperia 1, just as its XZ series predecessors, can shoot at 960fps. And the good thing is that it can do 1080p videos at 960. However, the phone captures only 0.1 seconds of 1080p footage at 960fps and 0.2 seconds of 720p@960fps that can be stretched to 3.2 seconds and 6.4 seconds of playback at 30p. This surely makes it a tough sell. 

Sony will reportedly be passing on the same slow-motion chops to the less expensive Xperia 5 and perhaps the tech will make more sense at a reduced price. 

  • Rear Camera specs: 12MP (f/1.6) primary, 12MP(f/2.4) wide-angle, 12MP (f/2.4) Telephoto
  • Video capture specs: 2160p@24/30fps HDR, 1080p@60fps/30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS), 1080p@960fps

7. Asus 6Z

Asus 6Z (review) has a slick swivel camera with a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor in the lead and this one too can capture 720p footage at 480fps. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 855 processor, runs a very refined version of Zen UI and houses a massive 5000mAh battery. 

Once again, the quality of slow-motion videos is strictly average. 

Xiaomi has 960fps slow motion on many of its phones, but all of the ones we have tested are interpolating 240fps footage to 960fps, or in other words, the 960fps slow motion is “not real”.

8. Redmi Phones

Redmi phones with 960fps slow-motion videos include: 

9. 960fps slow-motion on Realme Phones

Just as Redmi, Realme offers interpolated 960fps videos on many of its affordable phones in India. These include 

9. Apple iPhones 13 Series

Apple iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro max can shoot 1080p footage at 240fps. Interestingly, Apple introduced Slofies this year or slow-motion selfies – the front camera can do 1080p at 120fps. 

10. Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google isn’t much enthusiastic about videos and has naturally not yet shown any inclination towards high-speed video capture on its phones. On the new Pixel 6 Pro and on Pixel 5 from last year, you can shoot 1080p @240fps. 

Is slow-motion capture on phones good enough?

So, the bottom line is that the quality of slow-motion videos on phones isn’t much to write home about and this isn’t a factor that should weigh heavy on your purchase decision. At the same time, phones are getting better at it and there have been times when we had a lot of fun even with these imperfect slow-motion captures.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for giving your ideas. I might also like to express that video games have been at any time evolving. Modern tools and innovations have made it easier to create sensible and fun games. These entertainment video games were not as sensible when the real concept was first being tried. Just like other forms of electronics, video games also have had to grow by means of many many years. This is testimony for the fast development of video games.

  2. Like Wayne said: It would have been great for you to list the length of slow motion recording time available on each phone at each setting speed.

  3. It would have been great for you to list the length of slow motion recording time available on each phone at each setting speed.

  4. My Galaxy S4 phone (a 2013-2015 technology) already have a slo-mo mode (1/8x = 240 FPS) ! I guess all Samsung phones must have this mode since then.

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