How high refresh and frame rates will change phone screens and cameras

Though 2020 will be remembered for many things, one of the year’s noteworthy smartphone device trends — broad availability of “120Hz” screens — could slip under the mainstream radar, mostly because average consumers have no idea what Hz (“Hertz”) means. Displays targeted at gamers and creative professionals adopted 120Hz technology several years ago, sometimes referring to “120Hz refresh rates,” and in 2020, even budget smartphones will include “120Hz display support.”

What that means is that smartphone users at $300-$400 price points are about to have access to the imperceptibly fast display technologies that were once restricted to high-end computers and tablets, right at the same time higher frame rate cameras are becoming increasingly popular on phones. Today, I’m going to simplify this complex topic, and explain why it actually matters when a screen moves from 30Hz to 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rates — as well as when it’s overkill. Read More

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Apple will finally let you switch resolution and frame rate directly from the camera app

Apple’s iPhones are excellent at video recording. But the camera app hasn’t been always user friendly.

A lot of times, you have to go to the settings menu and change something trivial — that’s annoying when you’re shooting an important moment.

Well, thankfully with iOS 14, Apple will let you change video resolution and frame rate quickly. And this feature will be available for all iPhones:

All iPhone models now feature quick toggles to change video resolution and frame rate in Video mode. Read More