How to Record 4K Video on an iPhone 13

The 4K resolution is becoming more and more common with the televisions that you can purchase from retail stores.

Since these devices are in more households than ever, many streaming and video providers are starting to offer content with a 4K video resolution.

if you are accustomed to viewing 4K content and you go to watch video that you recorded from your iPhone in 1080 p, then it could be noticeably worse.

Fortunately, you are able to switch to 4K video recording on your iPhone 13 by going to Settings > Camera > Record Video > then choosing one of the 4K options listed there.

Once you make a change to this setting, the next time you open the Camera app and choose the Video option from the bottom of the screen, the video that you record will be in the 4K resolution that you selected.

Our article continues below with more information on changing this video recording setting, as well as some additional iPhone 13 video camera settings you can modify.

How to Increase Video Recording Resolution on an iPhone 13

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Camera.
  3. select Record Video.
  4. Tap the resolution you want.

Our guide continues below with additional information on changing the video resolution for the iPhone camera, including pictures of these steps.

How to Record Higher Quality Video with the iPhone 13 Camera (Guide with Pictures)

This guide was written using an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.4.1 operating system.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

open the Settings app

Step 2: Scroll down and select the Camera option.

open the Camera menu

Step 3: Touch the Record Video option near the top of the screen.

The current video settings are shown underneath this button label.

choose the Record Video option

Step 4: Choose the video resolution that you would like to use when recording video on your iPhone 13 Camera app.

how to record 4K video on an iPhone 13

Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about changing the iPhone 13 video recording settings.

More Information on Changing the Video Recording Settings on an iPhone 13

The steps in this article have shown you how to switch from the current video recording setting to one that will record 4K video.

Note that as you increase the resolution of your recorded video, the file sizes are going to increase as well. This means that files that you share or upload are going to take longer, and they are going to use more data and storage space.

If you record a lot of video and you back it up to iCloud, then you might want to look into increasing your iCloud storage space.

The video recording resolution options on the iPhone 13 are:

  • 720p HD at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD at 30 fps
  • 1080p HD at 60 fps
  • 4K at 24 fps
  • 4k at 30 fps
  • 4k at 60 fps (High Efficiency)

In these resolutions, fps stands for frames per second. The more frames per second, the larger the file size will be.

There are a few other options on the Record Video, including:

  • Show PAL Formats – if you turn this on you are going to see a couple of additional video recording options that offer 25 fps second recordings
  • HDR Video (High Efficiency) – If you enable this you will see a pop up letting you know that HDR video requires macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.
  • Auto FPS – this will reduce the frame rate automatically in low light video or increase it if there is a lot of motion in the frame.
  • Lock Camera – This will prevent the camera from switching between the cameras while the video is being recorded.

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