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Really Acer? 4K Video from a Phone? Come On!

By Anthony Thurston on September 3rd 2013

It seems like every month there is some new “it” phone with some impressive new feature being announced. This month Acer takes the cake with the announcement of their new Liquid S2, a phone that blurs the lines between a tablet and a phone. The crazy new feature on this phone? It can record 4K video.


I think it is amazing and awesome that a phone has the ability to shoot 4K video, but I think we really need to ask the question here: Who would ever shoot or need to shoot 4K video with a phone? I mean most visual displays (Monitors and TVs) can not even display 4K footage at its full size so what is the point? The other issue that I have here is that I have not been impressed with the video capabilities on any smartphone, even the better ones get terrible 1080 quality. I can only imagine how bad the 4K on this guy is going to look.

I think we have seen a disheartening trend begin these last few months. It began with the Nokia Lumia, the smartphone that has a “40+ megapixel” camera and is meant to be more of a camera than a phone. Now we have this announcement of a phone that is going to shoot 4K video. I think that this just goes to show how incredibly desperate the mobile phone industry is to differentiate themselves. I think it is sad that they have had to resort to these sorts of things.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Is it just me or do you also agree that 4K video forma phone is nuts? Let us know in a comment below. 

[via The Verge]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    Just a marketing gimmick. People will buy it whether it works or not just to say they have it and you don’t.

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    I think its to much lol

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  3. Sachin

    Hmm… yes, I don’t know what 4K is. But first I’d like to see some controls on a phone camera lens. Focus, DOF… Those would be more useful to me.

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  4. Joel Werline

    There are 4k TVs out there now that will allow you to view the 4k resolution so it is a good thing for those people that have those TVs but I doubt many people do so shooting in 4k from your phone is going to be pointless not to mention how much motion sickness you will get with an amateur using a cell phone to capture their kids first soccer game and think it would be great to capture it in 4k. Not to mention when they go to play it back on their existing TV (assuming it’s not 4K ready) it’s only going to be 1080P anyway. And we have all seen the “1080P” cell phone videos that people already produce. Ugh the cell phone industry is getting desperate and the sad thing is the amount of people that buy into it all.

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  5. Slavo Venglarcik

    WHY??? who need 4K video in smartphone? useless … :(

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