iPhone wasn’t first to shoot slow-motion video, but like a lot of things, it certainly popularized it. Now the feature can be found in every high-end smartphone, but none of them can shoot slo-mo video like the Galaxy S8 will.
According to a new report, Samsung’s next-generation smartphone camera will be capable of capturing an incredible 1,000 frames-per-second.
In a nutshell, when it comes to recording slow-motion video, the higher the number of frames, the slower the video will be. This is handy when shooting things like wildlife or explosions, when you want the slowest motion possible for focusing on subtle details.
With the iPhone, and most Android-powered flagships, you can shoot up to 240 fps. But according to a report from South Korean news agency Naver, the Galaxy will be capable of capturing slo-mo at a staggering 1,000 fps.
To give you an example of what that might look like, here’s a slow-motion video shot at 1,000 fps. Bear in mind that it was recorded with a Redlake N3 camera, not a smartphone, so the image quality likely won’t be quite as good from the Galaxy S8.
And there’s a slow-motion video shot at 240 fps on iPhone.
Notice how the motion is much slower in the first clip, giving you more time to appreciate the trick? It’s much easier to make out exactly how the trick was performed.
“For this purpose, Samsung Electronics (005930) placed DRAM as a storage device between the pixel part of the image sensor and the circuit part,” explains Naver, machine-translated. “As a result, advanced technology has been achieved to transmit and store images at a much faster rate than to transmit images using cables.”
It’s unclear at this point what the resolution of 1,000 fps videos will be from the Galaxy S8. It could be that it’s so low, you wouldn’t want to use super-slo-mo recording in most cases. However, we can’t imagine Samsung would ship it if it wasn’t at least 720p.
It might not be long before the iPhone catches up, either. Sony, which is one of Apple’s camera partners, has already announced a smartphone sensor — and built it into the new Xperia XZ Premium — that can capture slo-mo video at 960 fps.