Despite having similar (if not the same) overall camera sensor as the last handful of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 comes with added options to record 1080p at 60fps, and record 720p at 240fps (slow-mo). Previous iPhones were limited to 1080p at 24fps, and – with the iPhone 5s – 720p at 120fps. We now show you how to increase frames per second (fps) to record 1080p at 60fps on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera.
Which Is Better: Record 1080p at 24fps or Record 1080p at 60fps?
The cameras on iPhones 4 and above have all been technically capable of recording higher resolution video with higher framerates, but the actual chips were never powerful enough. It is only with the 64-bit ‘desktop class architecture’ on the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 / 6 Plus that we’ve gotten amazing new video-recording features because of advancements in hardware and memory.
Now, before we get down to it, the question is, “which is better: 1080p at 24fps or 60fps?” Looking at it purely mathematically, of course 60fps would be better, right? Not necessarily.
24fps has been the standard used in film-making for several decades now, so that’s what we are used to. It looks ‘cinematic’ to our eyes. Additionally, with 24fps the camera sensor has more time to gather light before recording the next frame. Lastly, lower frames per second also noticeably affects file size. More frames mean more data to save.
60fps may look too artificial because of just how smooth everything is. Motion blur is considerably reduced, so that looks odd.
If you have more space in your iPhone, generally record in daylight, and generally record fast-moving objects, you should record 1080p at 60fps. On the opposite end, for space-strapped users who record slow-moving objects and do most of their recording at night, stick to 1080p at 24fps.
How To Record 1080p At 60fps on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
On your new iPhone, go to Settings > Photos & Camera and from there you will see an option to record 1080p at 60fps. It is turned off by default since – and I agree here with Apple – most people would want natural looking video that works better in low-light conditions.
I have not upgraded to an iPhone 6 yet, so the screenshot above is from iOS 8 running on iPhone 4S. You’ll find the relevant option to record 1080p at 60fps within Photos & Camera. Scroll down to see it!