IPhone 6 supports 1080p videos

Shoot 4K videos with your iPhone: You should keep this in mind

Record high-resolution videos with the iPhone: From the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus you can film in 4K, i.e. in a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That is four times as many pixels as with 1080p. Here you can find out what you should know about the topic, such as the memory hunger of the function and why iPhones are only suitable to a limited extent for playing 4K videos.

Record 4K videos with the iPhone - that's how it works

The standard recording quality of videos on iPhones is 1080p (Full HD) with 30 frames per second. To shoot films in 2160p (4K), proceed as follows: Open the settings, where you can find under “Camera | Record Video ”find the options you are looking for. Which formats are specifically available to you depends on the model. As already mentioned, Apple smartphones from the iPhone 6s can handle 4K videos, but only with 30 frames per second. At least an iPhone 8 is required for smooth 60 images.

  • 4K with 24 frames per second: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR
  • 4K with 30 frames per second: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR
  • 4K with 60 frames per second: iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone XR
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That's how much space 4K videos take up

The more image information takes up correspondingly more storage space on your iPhone. The internal memory of the device may quickly reach its limits during long recordings. So that you can roughly estimate how much space a 4K video needs, you will find an overview below. The value is valid for one minute of film - and only with the HEVC format activated. Activate the space-saving video compression under "Settings | Camera | Formats ”the option“ High Efficiency ”. It is available from the iPhone 7 under iOS 11.

  • 4K with 24 frames per second: 135 MB
  • 4K at 30 frames per second: 170 MB
  • 4K at 60 frames per second: 400 MB

Eleven minutes in the best quality therefore occupy around 10 GB. Since iPhones do not support a microSD card slot for additional storage, it is advisable to save recorded 4K videos on your home computer or other storage media.

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Watch 4K videos

To enjoy the full resolution of 4K videos, you need a suitable playback device. Apple itself has not yet released an iPhone with a 4K screen, so your high-resolution videos only come into their own on 4K monitors, televisions or beamers. The clips can still be viewed on the mobile device. For comparison: the screen of the iPhone X shows content with 2436 x 1125 pixels.

When it comes to video, the new iPhone generation hardly brings anything new, but the iPhone Xs, Xs Max and XR introduce some new features.


  • Starting with the iPhone 6s, Apple's smartphones can record videos in 4K.
  • One minute of video material with 30 frames per second takes up 170 MB.
  • 4K / 24 and 4K / 60 are only available from the iPhone 8.
  • So far, no iPhone model has a 4K screen. Watching 4K videos is still possible.
  • 4K content only really comes into its own on compatible monitors, televisions and the like.

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