How to adjust the resolution of your phone video to make it super crisp

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Have you ever wondered how some people take videos on social media that look professional quality? While some of them may be taking photos on an actual camera, others likely already know this incredible tip to adjust their phone’s camera settings to get higher-quality photos and video. 

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Before we get there, it is important to know that while you will be taking higher-quality videos if you adjust your smartphone’s camera settings, you will also be sacrificing storage space on your phone for the crispness. Keeping that in mind, let me show you the steps to optimize your phone’s resolution and capture stunning, film-worthy videos pretty easily.

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Steps to adjust your phone’s resolution

How to Record 4K Videos at 60 FPS on Your iPhone

  • Open your iPhone’s Camera app
  • Tap Video
  • On the right corner, you’ll see the default settings – it may display HD and a number like 30 or 60
  • Tap HD to change the resolution to 4K
  • Then tap the number and make it the highest option (60 if possible). This is changing the FPS, or the frame per second, meaning how many frames are captured in one single second of video. If you’re capturing 60 FPS vs. 30 FPS, your frame rate has doubled, meaning your videos will be even crisper than they were previously.

Depending on which iPhone model you have, the resolution and frame rate options may vary slightly.

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Screenshot of the camera app in iOS.

Screenshot instructions on how to record 4K videos on an iPhone. (CyberGuy.com)

If you do not see these options displayed in your camera app:

  • Open your iPhone’s Settings
  • Scroll down and tap Camera
  • Tap Formats
  • Tap High efficiency
  • Go back and tap Record Video
  • Then, select the highest option – in the case of this iPhone 13 Pro Max you can select 4K at 60 fps
  • If you have the option, toggle on HDR Video (High efficiency)

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Screenshot of the Record Video screen.

Screenshot instructions on how to select 4K at 60fps on an iPhone. (CyberGuy.com)

How to enable HDR10+ videos and adjust the resolution and frame rate on your Android

Settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer 

  • Open the Camera app
  • Tap the Settings gear icon on the top
  • Scroll to the Videos section of the Settings and tap Advanced video options
  • Toggle on HDR10+ videos
  • Now return to your Camera app
  • Tap video – at the top where you see the Settings icon, you’ll see a new one that likely says FHD over a number (likely 30) – If you tap this, you can select other options:

    FHD means Full High Definition

    UHD means Ultra High Definition, meaning UHD is higher quality.

  • FHD means Full High Definition
  • UHD means Ultra High Definition, meaning UHD is higher quality.
  • Now selecting the number underneath UHD is adjusting the FPS, or the frame per second, meaning how many frames are captured in one single second of video. If you’re capturing 60 FPS vs. 30 FPS, your frame rate has doubled, meaning your videos will be even crisper than they were previously.
  • The highest quality option here is UHD/60. 

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Screenshot of the camera app and Advanced video options screen.

Screenshot instructions on how to adjust the resolution on an Android. (CyberGuy.com)

Important factors when adjusting the resolution and FPS

As a reminder, while you will be taking higher quality videos if you adjust your smartphone’s camera settings, you will also be using a lot more storage on your phone. Higher-quality videos and photos take up more space and are larger files overall, meaning they may not be able to be sent to others in the same way as your typical photos and videos.

You can send high-quality videos via Bluetooth or AirDrop, specifically if you are using an iPhone.  To email larger quality videos, follow our steps on “How to send large videos on your phone” by clicking here. 

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Kurt’s key takeaways

So, if you want to level up your video game on social media, remember that adjusting your phone’s camera settings can give you that professional touch, although be prepared to sacrifice some storage space for the sake of crispness. It’s a trade-off, yet definitely worth it for those stunning, film-worthy shots.

Have you tried adjusting your phone’s camera settings to capture higher-quality videos? What challenges or limitations have you faced when dealing with larger file sizes and sharing high-quality videos with others? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact

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