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The 5 Best Phones for Recording and Editing Videos in 2019 «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



While photography is usually all love, our phones have taken really good pictures. Think about it – when did you last need a camcorder for the holidays? As the mobile cameras get better every year, we are now at a point where smartphones can be used for professional video recording.

Just like the picture quality, the video performance of mobile phones varies a lot. There are phones that take great pictures but average videos and vice versa. Then there are phones that make editing your videos a breeze, and others that make it work.

We tested all of the top flagship flagship phones to get to the bottom of these issues. Whether you're shooting for Instagram celebrity or just wanting to capture your family's precious moments without compromising quality, we believe we've found the top five phones on the market for recording and editing video.

Table of Contents

Comparison Chart

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Important Comparison Points

Hardware Factors

  • Starting Price: The MSRP of the phone as from April 2019. If you find a better deal when these phones are sold, this is the highest price they are sold for.
  • 4K Recording: Most smartphones can record at 4K resolution (2160p), but some may be limited to 30 frames per second while recording in this mode. A higher frame rate (for example, 60 frames per second) is preferred for action videos, as the additional pictures allow smoother recording. However, 24 frames per second are used in film and television. What we prefer, we have listed all available 4K frame rates.
  • 1080p recording: Displays the frame rates available when recording in 1080p (Full HD) on each phone. While 60fps are not a problem for most flagships, not all phones are the same. A typical example: the Google Pixel 3 XL, which does not have a true 60 fps mode. Instead, only 1080p videos are captured at 60 frames per second if there is enough light. If not, 30 frames per second are used.
  • HDR shot: Indicates whether the phone supports HDR video recording. HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a technique that brings a picture closer to the human eye to distinguish very dark objects from very bright objects. Currently, the best option is to record on the smartphone HDR10 +. While HDR10 sends static metadata, HDR10 + sends dynamic metadata, allowing the display to calibrate color and brightness frame by frame. These additions help to provide a more realistic picture.
  • Lens Configuration: The types of lenses used in the back camera of the phone. More lenses are ideal because you are as flexible as the video looks. Each lens usually has a different focal length and field of view. With the phones with multiple lenses on our list, you can seamlessly switch between lenses with each object as you film, to find the right focal length for your video.
  • Aperture: This is represented by the F number, the ratio of the focal length to the aperture (diameter of the lens aperture). The smaller the number, the larger the aperture and the more light is captured for each frame of the video.
  • Zoom: The available zoom levels for each phone. Optical zoom is always preferred because it is lossless, so you can approach an object without affecting video quality.
  • Optical Stabilization: Smartphone cameras are usually stabilized in two ways: optical image stabilization or electronically image stabilization. Despite the "image" part, these stabilization methods also help in videography, as a video is essentially a series of photos. Optical image stabilization helps to reduce blurred video by manually moving the lens in the opposite direction of movement of the smartphone's body and keeping the image centered. OIS, however, is the worse stabilization method of the two when it comes to video.
  • Electronic Stabilization: Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) shifts the image after it hits the camera sensor to re-center it. EIS can predict moves, softening the video. However, due to the size of the picture, it is often not available in all modes, namely 4K at 60 fps (or 4K at every frame rate in the case of the iPhone X S max
  • slow motion recording with 960 Frames per second: Indicates whether the phone supports video recording at 960 frames per second, if so, what resolution and how long.) Only Samsung and Sony support this feature in the US, and both companies use an image signal processor that does not Therefore, every organization must use a workaround, the DRAM buffer, to store the uncompressed video during recording, resulting in a limited duration of less than 0.5 seconds.
  • 480 fps Slow Motion: This is the other shutter speed that requires the Super Slow Motion tag, and like 960 fps, current processors do not support real-time recording at this high level Therefore, the DRAM buffer must be used to limit its duration. Only the Samsung Galaxy S10 + supports this frame rate, which at 960 fps is twice as long as for the recording.
  • 240 fps Slow Motion Recording: For most phones, slow motion video is limited to 240 fps. However, the maximum resolution for this shot varies, with some OEMs opting for the preferred 1080p and others using 720p. However, for each option, the recording is unlimited, allowing you to capture video until the memory is full.
  • Backflash: Video available LED flash. Apple's True Tone system uses four separate LEDs with different color temperatures to give Flash videography a more natural look. Samsung's High CRI (Color Rendering Index) system works similarly except that each LED used can produce light with a wide color temperature range. None of the other phones in this list has a comparison system, but opt ​​for a single, fixed color temperature.
  • Front Camera Max Quality: The maximum resolution for videos shot by the front camera (or cameras). , We have also specified the maximum frame rate at this resolution. These specifications are critical for anyone interested in live streaming and vlogging, as they are directed towards the viewfinder, unlike the rear camera.
  • Max Internal Storage: The largest internal storage option available for the phone. Depending on the length, resolution, frame rate and a variety of inputs, videos can quickly take up little space. And with no expandable storage (more on that later), you're either responsible for limited cloud storage or forever losing your videos.
  • Expandable storage: Indicates whether the phone supports expandable storage through microSD. With this feature, which has been an exclusive Android product for years, you can increase the available storage space to save even more videos. For the phones on our list that include expandable memory support, microSDXC is supported by default. This version has a theoretical maximum capacity of 2TB, although currently the largest option available is 1TB.
  • Water Resistance (Depth / Time): Videography does not stop because of the weather, so you want a phone that you can use in the elements. Since so many phones now have an IP rating, we need to have an IP68 rating for every phone on our list. This ensures that they can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. Only the Xperia XZ3 must have its port connected. Everyone else can do this without any changes.

Operating System Notes

Important Apps

Field Test

  • DxOMark video rating for the rear camera: The grade given by DxOMark is the video performance of the rear view camera.
  • DxOMark Front Camera Video Score: The grade given by DxOMark for the video performance of the front camera. All except LG V40 ThinQ and Sony Xperia XZ3 received an official rating.
  • Time to start a video: The minimum amount of time required to open the camera app, switch to video mode, and start recording. Ideally, you want the lowest possible time to make sure you never miss a moment. However, each phone has faster methods, such as: Double-tap hardware keys or lock the screen shortcuts for even faster times. We were unable to perform this test on our Sony Xperia XZ3 review unit before it was returned.
  • Moment lens support: Moment offers a popular set of telephoto, wide-angle and other lens mount connections for smartphones. The latest versions of these lenses require a special case to connect to the phone, and Moment only offers these cases for the more popular smartphones like iPhone, Galaxy and Pixel.

How We Choose These Phones

These phones in the above table were not randomly selected – they are our five finalists. To narrow the field to the best of the best, we first set up some basic rules.

Since we are an American website, we have only selected phones that have been officially released in the US. This eliminates some great options from Huawei and Xiaomi, namely the P30 Pro and Mi 9. Although some of these phones are technically available in the US, the LTE service in the US will be limited, so there is no manufacturer's warranty We were able to offer them to our readers do not recommend.

A second important requirement was that each phone had to record at least 4K resolution (2160p). 4K resolution is widely used on televisions, laptops, monitors and even some cell phones. To be able to offer your viewers the best quality, you must be able to shoot in 4K. Even if your content is displayed on a lower-resolution phone, the quality is still better.

In addition, we have only considered phones of the current generation to ensure that each of our recommendations withstood the test of time. Take for example the LG V40. Although the V30 is an amazing phone from the videography point of view, it is almost two years old and it is unlikely that there will be future firmware updates. Even though the LG V50 was announced, it is not available at the time of publication. So we had to delete it from the list.

Since videography has been extended to all environments, we believe that every phone is important here Waterproof. The only certified way to confirm this is with an IP rating. Therefore, we have considered only IP68-rated models to maintain your ability to film up to one and a half meters deep in the water for up to 30 minutes. [19659003Wealsoadvisethateveryphoneonourlistmustsupportaslowdownmodewithatleast120picturespersecondMobilevideographersusethisfunctionforuseforcleverevideosThereforeweneedsthatyourhandybeenbestbestinthiscategory

Finally, we have listed only one variant of each phone. Many of the devices in this list have sibling variations, such as the Galaxy S10 + with its smaller counterparts in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e. In those cases, we chose the largest variant of the device because a larger screen will be helpful in editing videos.

Phone 1: Samsung Galaxy S10 +

The lightest newest phone on our list, the Galaxy S10 + is a powerhouse of a phone. Similar to the Galaxy Note 9 before, it's a phone that's remarkably good at so many things. Samsung has never been too short in the camera department, and the Galaxy S10 + is no exception. Based on our tests, the engagement for the back-camera camera was also extended to the video performance.

There are some features that you will find in the Galaxy S10 + that you will not find on other phones list. The first is the ability of the front camera to shoot 4K videos at 60 frames per second. The resolution is not only impressive (every other device on our list is limited to 1080p), but the fact that you can record at the higher frame rate of 60 frames per second is impressive.

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The Galaxy S10 + is the only phone on our list that can record super slow motion at 960 fps and 480 fps , While both modes are limited to 720p and provide sufficient lighting, you can capture amazing videos that you'll never see in real time. While 960 frames per second are limited to less than half a second, it may be helpful for a similar video style to halve the frame rate for twice the performance.

HDR video recording is possible via HDR10 +. This should not come as a surprise since both Samsung and Amazon are pushing this new standard for wider acceptance. What distinguishes HDR10 + from HDR10 is the use of dynamic metadata. This allows the display to calibrate the color and brightness of each frame in the video, resulting in more accurate playback on HDR10 + certified screens.

The Galaxy S10 + is also the only phone on our list where multiple aspect ratios for video recording are supported by the stock camera app. You can record with the pre-installed app either 16: 9, 19: 9 or 1: 1. For the other phones you have to download a third-party app.

Apart from its unique features, Samsung is also a lot better than its competitors. When it comes to stabilization, the Galaxy S10 uses OIS (on the lenses) and EIS for shake-free video. For videos with a higher degree of movement (eg action videos), there is the Super Steady mode. With the Ultrawide camera (for a similar look of GoPro cameras) you get even better stabilization. You lose OIS and autofocus because Ultrawide does not support these features, but you get some of the best stabilization there is.

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Autofocus is another feature that makes the Galaxy s10 + better than most competitors. Although you need to shoot at 1080p at 30 frames per second, you can use autofocus for tracking. With this feature, you can follow moving objects better, and you can better focus on them as they move. For the front camera, you can use dual-pixel autofocus, one of the fastest available autofocus techniques. This technique can be used in all shooting modes up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The S10 + is one of the best phones on the market. Unlike other great cell phones, Samsung has made video performance a top priority, which has allowed us to lead our list. With this phone, multiple lenses (as well as third-party lenses from Moment) can capture stunning high-definition video with smooth frame rates. HDR10 + provides a stunning contrast and lets you save your videos without worrying about running out of space. Whether you are filming your vacation, starting a YouTube channel, or recording your PRs in the gym, this is the phone for you.

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Phone 2: LG V40 ThinQ

Years ago, LG introduced the V Series, a phone designed for those who consider cameras as the most important part of a phone. Later in the series, LG decided to break away from the competition with a strong focus on video. The result of this progress is the LG V40 ThinQ. While the learning curve for the phone is higher than the rest, with some patience and time you can capture some of the best video footage.

What strikes the LG V40 ThinQ is the full manual mode for both photos and video. Take a look at our list and see how the LG V40 ThinQ gives you more control over your video. Adjustable shutter speed? Check. Controllable ISO? Check. Changeable exposure? Check. Hi-Fi audio recording? Also check. With manual mode you have almost identical controls as with a DSLR.

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Here it does not stop. Videos can be recorded in H.264, H.265 or Cinelog. The latter corresponds to the RAW format for pictures. The video is not edited, which keeps the colors in a more natural state and gives you more flexibility in the editing process.

If you're talking about the editing process, no phone on our list has as much video editor as LG. We're talking about a similar performance to many costly third-party options, such as: Add background music, merge videos, add titles, etc.

Just like the S10 +, there are three cameras that give you more flexibility in how your video is filmed. One of these lenses is a telephoto shooter for lossless 2x zoom.

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Another feature of V40 ThinQ is the ability to shoot at 24 fps in 4K. As mentioned above, this is the preferred frame rate for the cinema and makes your videos look more like movies than home movies. Unlike the iPhone X S Max, this frame rate is also available for 1080p shooting, so you can put less on the storage volume of 24 frames per second.

The LG V40 ThinQ isn & # 39; t perfect. First, the time to start a video is surprisingly slower than the competition, almost 1.5 times slower than our winner. The price is quite high, especially considering that this phone only has 64GB of memory and OIS is only available on one of the rear cameras (the standard lens). Due to the lack of popularity, important accessories such as torque lenses are not supported.

The LG V40 ThinQ is ideal for those looking for more from their mobile phones. If you're serious about capturing video but prefer the flexibility of a phone over a DSLR or camcorder, the V40 ThinQ is the best option on our list, at least in the box. You have a manual slow motion mode, a comprehensive video editor and a number of options to get the best possible video. There are even useful functions, such as: For example, point zoom (automatically zooming into a specific area of ​​the image during shooting) and cine (real-time color correction). With a little patience, this phone can record amazing videos that you can share with pride everywhere.

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Phone 3: Apple iPhone X S Max

While many The enhancements to the iPhone X S Max are not to be underestimated compared to the predecessor of photography, the update of videography is not underestimated. Apple is a leader in mobile videography in the smartphone industry, and this year's model is no exception. The high price is indeed unfavorable compared to other Android options, as it can be said: "They pay for quality."

On the back there are two rear cameras: a telephoto and a wide-angle camera. Each one can be used for filming and each one offers a very different view. Thanks to the telephoto lens, a loss-free zoom up to 2x is possible. For more distant subjects, you can use 6x digital zoom (although video quality will deteriorate).

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Both lenses are optically stabilized, meaning they always have some stabilization at every resolution and frame rate. However, with the superior electronic stabilization you lose them at a resolution of 4K. Neither 30 fps nor 60 fps are supported, which is a real bang as every other phone in our list supports at least EIS in 4K at 30 fps.

With the front camera, all recording options are electronically stabilized. Es gibt keine optische Stabilisierung, so dass die meisten Bewegungen beseitigt werden, aber es wird nicht so ruckelfrei sein wie bei den hinteren Kameras.

Da wir unsere Telefone überall hin mitnehmen, ist es wichtig, ein wasserfestes Telefon zu haben. Ob wir das erste Bad eines Babys, ein Abenteuer im Meer oder einen Regentag retten wollen, das iPhone X S Max wird es schaffen. Während jedes Telefon auf unserer Liste IP68-zertifiziert ist, ist das iPhone X S Max für 2 Meter Untertauchen anstelle des Standards 1,5 zertifiziert.

Im Vergleich zu den meisten Handys ist dies der Fall Kamera-App ist absolut einfach. Apple versucht, die Komplikationen für Amateur-Videofilmer zu begrenzen, indem er alle Funktionen entfernt, die für die Aufnahme eines Videos nicht erforderlich sind. Es gibt jedoch die Option von Drittanbieter-Apps wie FiLMiC Pro, mit denen Sie auf Funktionen wie einstellbare Verschlusszeit, ISO-Steuerung und Weißabgleich zugreifen können.

Ein einzigartiges Merkmal des iPhone X S Max ist die Möglichkeit, mit der Kamera-App entweder in Stereo oder Mono aufzunehmen. Bei den anderen Telefonen ist Stereo die einzige verfügbare Option, obwohl Sie mit dem LG V40 ThinQ mit höherer Audioqualität aufnehmen können.

Obwohl der Preis ziemlich hoch ist, können Sie sich für ein wenig Geld sparen eine Nicht-Max-Version des Telefons, das iPhone X S . Diese Variante beginnt bei 999 US-Dollar und hat das gleiche Kamera-Setup wie der X S max. Der einzige Unterschied ist der Bildschirm mit 5,8 Zoll statt 6,4 Zoll. Außerhalb eines kleineren Suchers sollte also j eder zweite Videografie-Vorteil des X S Max für das billigere XS gelten.

Das iPhone X S Max ist Nicht nur die beste Option für iOS-Benutzer, sondern auch eine hervorragende Option für Smartphones. Dies ist eine der besten Kameras für diejenigen, die keine Einstellungen vornehmen oder Anpassungen vornehmen möchten. Wenn Sie jedoch mehr über Videografie erfahren, können Sie mithilfe von Drittanbieter-Apps mit dem Telefon wachsen und weitere Funktionen nutzen. Obwohl es an vielen Funktionen des Galaxy S10 + und des LG V40 ThinQ fehlt, ist es dennoch eine erstklassige Option und eine gute Wahl, egal auf welcher Seite des mobilen Ganges Sie sich befinden.

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Telefon 4: Google Pixel 3 XL

Zum Zeitpunkt seiner Überprüfung gelang es dem Google Pixel 3 XL, den bisher höchsten DxOMark zu erzielen Video-Score der hinteren Kamera bei 98. Während es vor kurzem durch das in Kürze erscheinende Samsung Galaxy S10 5G noch übertroffen wurde, verfügt der S10 5G über vier hintere Kameras, während der Pixel 3 XL seine Punktzahl mit einem einzigen Objektiv erreicht. Die von DxOMark durchgeführten Tests gehören zu den besten der Branche, wenn wir also sagen, dass dies ein hervorragendes Telefon für Videos ist, glauben wir ihnen.

Das Pixel 3 XL verfügt über eine erstklassige Stabilisierung für Videos. Mit einer Kombination aus OIS und EIS kann das Pixel 3 XL Videos aufnehmen, von denen Sie schwören, dass sie mit einem Kardan aufgenommen wurden. In gewisser Weise ist dies dem ursprünglichen Google Pixel zu verdanken, das OIS für EIS opfert. Google hat ein EIS-System entwickelt, das den meisten OIS-Systemen entspricht. Als sie dieses System in der nächsten Iteration mit OIS für Video kombinierten, führte dies zu einer Stabilisierung der obersten Schicht. Das Google Pixel 3 XL hat dies verbessert, und es ist ihm gelungen, auf Augenhöhe oder sogar besser zu sein als der SteadyShot-Modus von Samsung und Sony.

Das Pixel 3 XL mit einem Moment-Objektiv und Fall. Bild von Dallas Thomas / Gadget Hacks

Dank der wachsenden Beliebtheit der Googles Pixel-Linie hat der Zubehör-Support von Drittanbietern in den letzten Jahren einen Aufschwung erfahren. Unternehmen wie Moment unterstützen dieses Telefon (und alle Pixel-Aufstellungen) und bieten Zugriff auf Objektive, die unterschiedliche Ansichten für Fotos und Videos bieten.

Das Pixel 3 verfügt über die größte Sammlung von Rasterlinien, einschließlich 4×4 und Goldener Schnitt. By having a collection of options, you can precisely line up shots to exactly where they need to be to get your desired image.

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While the Google Pixel 3 XL manages to achieve what many would consider "technological magic" with a single lens, it is also limited by this as well. The lack of other lenses leaves you with only one focal length and one field of view for your video. There is no telephoto lens for optical zoom, instead of forcing users to rely on digital zoom.

Slow Motion is pretty limited on this phone as well. Super slow motion isn't available and slow motion is limited to either 120 fps or 240 fps, with only the former accessible at 1080p. And while it doesn't have the lowest maximum internal storage, it does lack expandable storage. Unlike the LG V40 ThinQ and Sony Xperia XZ3, you are stuck with only 64 or 128 GB of storage for your videos.

Speaking of limitations, the Pixel 3 XL has a painfully simple camera app. Like Apple, Google tried to eliminate any confusion for its users by giving them just the options they need and nothing more. For those looking for more from their video camera, we strongly recommend looking in the Play Store for third-party apps which offer more.

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Another annoyance is 60 fps recording. Instead of a 60 fps mode like every other phone, Google instead opts for an "Auto" mode. In this mode, the phone will record at 60 fps. However, if there isn't enough light, it will revert to 30 fps. Therefore, without checking in a video editor, you won't even know if your video was indeed 60 fps, and you'll experience dips in frame rate depending on how well the surrounding lights expose your subject.

Back on the bright side, while the 3 XL already has the lowest price of any phone on our list, you can get all of its camera features for even cheaper by going with the smaller Pixel 3. Like with the iPhone XS Max and XSyou'll only lose screen real estate, as the camera system is identical on both models.

The Pixel 3 XL has a lot to offer. DxOMark considers it the best video camera on the market, and it is the cheapest phone on our list. It also has amazing stabilization for video. However, as the industry moves toward multiple cameras, Google's stubbornness to stick with one is its downfall. While it does have a lot to offer for those who find they usually stick with the primary camera, for those looking for more control, we recommend looking at the other phones ranked higher on our list.

Phone 5: Sony Xperia XZ3

Like the Pixel 3 XL, the Sony Xperia XZ3 is limited by its use of a single lens. Not having access to multiple lens limits videography, preventing unique looks that help your short film stand out. However, for those more on the amateur side, there is a lot here to enjoy. With a price tag on the low end, super slow motion video, and support for HLG format for HDR video, the Xperia XZ3 was an easy choice to make this list.

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Let start with its use of HLG, or Hybrid Log Gamma. This is another standard for HDR that aims to solve the problem of HDR's inability to play on non-HDR televisions. HLG video starts with an SDR video and adds the metadata for HDR-compatible screens to read. What this means is that all videos recorded on your Xperia XZ3 can be viewed on all the televisions and mobile devices, whether they support HDR or not.

Sony is one of only a handful of companies that support Super Slow Motion (for US customers, Samsung is the only other OEMs to support this feature). Sony has included this feature for a while in their smartphones, specifically, recording at 960 fps. What's amazing about the XZ3 is that, where Samsung limits the resolution to 720p, Sony lets you film in 1080p with Super Slow Motion. It's only for a tenth of a second, but it does help improve the video quality, especially when viewed on a larger display. And if you find you need even more time, you can crank down the resolution to 720p for double the duration.

What's surprising is the lack of support for 480 fps. While Samsung included this option for even longer duration, Sony skipped it. It's also the only phone on our list that doesn't support 240 fps slow motion recording. The only other slow motion video you can take is 120 fps at 1080p.

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Sony lacks any form of a manual mode. Except for color hue and brightness, there isn't much in the way of controls. But with the auto mode, there is a lot to enjoy.

Sony's SteadyShot is one of the better EIS systems on the market, removing most shake which occurs when not filming with a tripod or gimbal. Its autofocus is highly accurate, able to find the right target each time.

With the Sony Xperia XZ3, users looking at this phone will usually be deciding it and Google Pixel 3 XL. Both phones offer low pricing compared to rest on our list. Both provide simple interfaces that get you into a video quickly without messing with settings. Both have amazing stabilization, allowing you to get away with not having a tripod. The differences lie in video resolution. For those looking for 4K HDR recording and expandable storage, the Xperia XZ3 is right for you. However, for those the better overall video camera, the Google Pixel 3 XL would be your choice. Either way, you can't go wrong.

As a side note, we are aware of Sony's recently-announced XZ3 successor, the Xperia 1; a phone which solves many issues with the XZ3, including multiple lenses. However, it wasn't available to the US at the time of this writing, which exempted it from our list. We plan to revisit this ranking when it does come out later this year. So for those on team Sony, don't worry. The Xperia 1 should perform better than the Xperia XZ3 did.

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Conclusion

While many of us have watched the growth of our smartphones as digital cameras, it will surprise some as to how great they've become at taking video. With phones now shooting in 4K resolution at 60 fps, and even 960 fps, our phones are accomplishing things previously reserved for only the most serious of videographers. With the same device you use every day, you can take some fantastic video — and with a little bit of patience, edit them so they look as good ones taken with dedicated cameras around the same price.

When considering specs, apps, and operating system features, the best option on the market is the Samsung Galaxy S10+. With three rear cameras, it manages to shoot HDR10+ videos. It can shoot in the shareable H.264 format and the smaller H.265 (HEVC). Both the front and rear cameras can shoot in 4K at 60 fps with EIS. With this phone, you can even replace your high-speed camera thanks to multiple slow-motion options from 120 fps to 960 fps.

But if you're someone looking to learn more about video cameras — someone who wants to learn what each setting means and how you can manipulate them for even better video, then look no further than the LG V40 ThinQ. Its manual mode rivals DSLRs when it comes to controls, and it even lets you shoot in CineLog for more control over editing. While it isn't the best option for amateurs, it is a must-have for enthusiasts.

This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' special coverage on smartphone-based video creator tips for filming and editing. Check out the whole Videography series.

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