The Apple iPhone 5s Slo-Motion Video Is Not 720p

/ 3 years ago


The slo-mo videos has been kind of a big deal about the iPhone 5s since Apple announced the fella in September. The iPhone 5s indeed outputs 720p videos at 120 fps, but our question is if it does record them at 720p as well. As it turns out, it does not.

GSMArena performed a test with the help of a Galaxy Note 3, recording simultaneously with both an iPhone 5s and the Note 3 in slow-motion. The results gained were interesting, as the Note 3 had more detail compared to the iPhone 5s footage. Another test was performed in which the Note 3’s video was downsized to 480p and afterwards the footage was upscaled to 720p.
And what do you know? the upscaled video from the Note 3 resembled considerably with the iPhone 5s’ video.


The slow motion video from the iPhone 5s might look brilliant on the handset itself, but they look disappointing when outputted on an external display.
GSMArena also noted that the video from the iPhone 5s is encoded at 120 FPS and requires the user to slow down the FPS in order to achieve the desired slow-motion effect when played on a PC.

Whether or not Apple will fix these issues, we do not know. But it can’t be that hard if most non-Apple handsets are able to do it, right?

Thank you GSMArena for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of GSMArena.

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  • Renecito Novero

    Xperia Z for the win!

  • Sir

    Well, considering that when you want to record for slo-mo, then you want it to run smoothly, they does require the camera to record in higher fps & at a more optimal resolution, so when it comes to play back, it is nice & smooth instead of jumpy, so it doesn’t really come as a surprise to me

    • AndyM

      But other OLDER phones can do it. Why can’t the “innovative” apple phones do it?

      • Sir

        well, it is apple