iPhone XS Max What's the Best Video Settings (Not Highest) for the iPhone XS Max?

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  1. MichaelMidnight macrumors regular

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    Hi guys! I'm hoping y'all can shed some light on this question I'm wondering about, which is what's the overall best settings to shoot video on an iPhone XS Max? Now I'm not looking for the highest quality which some say are 4k 60fps via Filmic Pro with the highest settings, etc but rather the best settings that has all the features within an iPhone and optimal for maybe today and the next few years, so not really future proofing. I've been doing some reading and I had heard that shooting in under 30fps and perhaps 1080p will unlock the best optical stabilization and cinema/HDR modes AND will work great on YouTube/Instagram/Facebook since most people view things on their phone or don't have the fastest internet connections to view things at say work.

    So I ask yet again, what do YOU view as the overall best settings for shooting with in iPhone XS Max for capturing those great and random everyday moments!
     
  2. acorntoy macrumors 65816

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    I use 4K 30FPS. 60 looks too smooth to me, bothers me.

    Seems like 1080P would be a good choice for you though, it isn’t massive, and you’ll be able to use the “most compatible” format without it creating massive files.
     
  3. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    1080P 30 FPS is the norm. It will always look good. DVDs by comparison have a much lower resolution.
     
  4. Farsider macrumors 6502a

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    If you film in 1080p at 30fps, the Camera app can lower the FPS in low light to 24fps....and in my experience that works really well to prevent low light video looking really grainy.

    Any resolution at 60fps will result in grainer images in lower light situations as the sensor is exposed to less light and so ups the ISO to compensate.

    There’s less dynamic range at 4K and I also believe that 4K recording disables the software stabilisation...but I can’t remember where I read that so it could be lies.
     
  5. alpi123 macrumors 6502a

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    30 fps looks too choppy for me. If you shoot at 60 at least you have the option to lower it in post.

    I personally shoot in 4K60 but I rarely shoot any video.
     
  6. areskins macrumors member

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    Which setting takes more memory to store? 1080p 60fps or 4k 30?
     
  7. sparksd macrumors 68020

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  8. Infinite Vortex macrumors regular

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    While other people's opinions can put you in the right direction, there's nothing better than going out for yourself and doing some tests to see what exactly looks best to *you*. As with all things, if you don't go out and practice and learn for yourself then when the moment comes you really want to be sure you're getting the results you want then it is this experience that you're wanting to fall back onto… rather than thinking "what exactly did that guy on MR say??".
     
  9. Aftermath747 macrumors regular

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    I personally use 1080p60 as I value the smooth frame rate more than increasing the resolution and 4k60 takes way too much space, but some people don’t like how smooth things are in 60 FPS. 1080p60 or 4k30 are the best choices IMO depending on whether frame rate or resolution is more important to you.
     
  10. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    1080p60 & 4k30 are the two settings I bounce between.
     
  11. Smoovejayy macrumors regular

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    I personally like 1080p 60fps. I think the videos look amazing.
     
  12. loybond macrumors 6502

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    Normally, I would have said 4K60 for sure, because you can slow-mo the video later on if you like, or downsample it to 1080p, or crop into 1080p afterwards for zoom. However, the XS and XS Max have a little-known feature, expanded dynamic range in video, that works only in 4k30.



    I would suggest using that, as it really preserves highlight detail and keeps your shadow detail too. It's like a video version of smart HDR.
     
  13. Farsider macrumors 6502a

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    And below. 1080p gets the extended dynamic range love too.
     

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