Review: iPhone 5s Slo-Mo video capture

By , Sep 20, 2013

120 fps iPhone 5s

Slo-Mo video capture is what all of the cool kids are doing these days, and if you happen to own a shiny new iPhone 5s, you can now join the fun.

The slow motion effect is the result of video that’s captured at a very high frame rate, and then slowed down. This allows you to have video with reduced speed without any herky-jerkyness. The end result is a professional quality slow motion effect that you and your friends will love.

Slo-Mo mode captures video at a brisk 120 fps, so when you watch the video as you record through the view finder, everything seems really fast and a bit jerky. Once you finish shooting, you can use a scrubber that’s not unlike the editing scrubber used for cutting video. The scrubber allows you to adjust the in and out points for the slow motion effect.

The final result was really impressive. Watch the video above of me throwing a couple of ducks around and you’ll see what I mean. Obviously, those who are active, play sports, and engage in other outdoor activities regularly will be the primary beneficiaries of the new tech.

Apple has made it dumb-simple to use Slo-Mo mode, and I have a feeling that it’s going to be a huge hit among the masses. Just prepare yourself mentally for the inevitable deluge of slow motion cat videos that’s soon to follow.

While it’s not an outright selling point for the iPhone 5s, it does help validate the upgrade over the outgoing iPhone 5. It, along with the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor, camera quality, and overall speed enhancements makes it worthy of consideration.

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  • Jonathan

    Awesome post, thanks Jeff!

  • Kurt

    very cool. can’t wait to do this with the Note 3. 120fps does look good

    • felixtaf

      Wrong place and wrong post.. lol…

    • Casey H.

      With 2 hands!

  • jgr627

    Nice video Jeff but why record in portrait when all videos should be shot in landscape….even for demo purposes

  • lemonhead

    Does it autoajust the zooming effect, because it looks like thats gonna be the big problem for taking videos of lets say a snowboard jump…
    Because when the target arrives quickly it needs to ajust the zoom right away, else it’s gonna be blurry…

    • Mohammed Sahib

      You mean the auto focus?

      • lemonhead

        Yeah that’s the word I was looking for.

  • Singed

    It’s fine, but when the novelty will wear off, probably only one in a hundred will use this feature on a regural basis.

    • Jonathan

      But out of the hundreds of thousands of users, that adds up to probably more than 20,000 users. Some people are probably buying the iPhone 5s just because of this feature. So, more profit for Apple.

      • Singed

        People don’t buy an iPhone solely for the camera, it wouldn’t make sense. Why would you buy a new fridge with a coffee maker inside when you already have a fridge instead of just buying a coffee maker alone?

      • Nate McKelvie

        Are you kidding? I run a wireless store and I guarantee you many people but a phone for just the camera

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      omg you made me remember lol. Gotta download it again and play with my fav, FIZZ

    • felixtaf

      Thats what I told them about Korean S-features and they called me fanboy, troll and iZombie… You are lucky, jus two downvotes!

      • Singed

        Any negative feedback concerning Apple here will be immediately downvoted to Hell.
        I guess, this is what I expected, people have lost any power to think for themselves a long time ago.

  • MrJohnBlaze

    its a skateboarders dream combine it with olloclip fisheye

  • Rowan09

    I’m one that is going to use this a lot. I’m making a YouTube comedy channel so it will definitely come in handy.

  • Waleed M. Taha

    iPhone 5 has it ?

    • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

      Only iPhone 5s.

    • Fletch

      With the update to iOS7, the app SloPro again saves at 60 FPS natively like it used to (and it will save the 60 FPS footage raw to your camera roll). I know that isn’t 120 FPS though.

  • Isa Altintas

    I used to take slowmo with my xiaomi mi-2 ladt year. All of a sudden this has become a huge hype because the 5s has it? This makes me lol

    • mehrab

      Yeah, Mostly bcos they perfected it. The artrix had a fingerprint sensor which was crap and worked poorly but apples touch id is perfect limited but works GREATLY

    • Arnaud Nelissen

      Which is more hype (outside China) : iPhone or Xiaomi …? You now have the answer to your question.

  • TesticularFortitude

    Jeff compare burst mode between the iPhone 5 and 5S.

    • Arnaud Nelissen

      Wow, you can’t even compare those.

      I tried both, and on iPhone 5, it takes a bit less 1fps, and saves those separately without choosing the best photo.

      On iPhone 5S, it’s real 10 fps, with a count up showing over the capture button counting the photos taken.
      When you’re done, the images are saved in your gallery but the are grouped on one picture, looking like a stack of photos.

      Tapping it shows you the picture the iPhone 5S automatically chosen (best exposure, etc), and on the bottom you see an horizontal list of all photos you’ve taken during the burst shot. By selecting some of them, they are extracted of the stack and placed in your gallery separately.

      • TesticularFortitude

        Does the 5s lag when taking that many or is it smooth?

      • Arnaud Nelissen

        No lag at all.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    I’ll slow mo myself cuming.

  • Shawn Schnell

    I really love the slo-mo feature it’s a lot of fun. The only issue I have is that it won’t air play on my Apple TV. Any thoughts on this?

  • Fletch

    If you’re a slightly envious iPhone 5 owner like me, there is some consolation. With the update to iOS7, the app SloPro again saves at 60 FPS natively like it used to (and it will save the 60 FPS footage raw to your camera roll). I know it is not 120 FPS but, as I said, it is some consolation.

    • Falk M.

      It’s full HD at 60 fps though, iOS 7 stock camera app might do 120 fps but it’s just 720p.
      Sure, that’s quite nice, but I’ll take 1080p personally.
      Being on an iPhone 5 with a 2 year upgrade cycle, maybe iPhone 6 will bring 1080p @120 fps.

      Note 3 has 4K recording and whether or not this is ready for prime time, spec sheets do pressure competitors to a certain extend.

      And where the hell is H.265?
      Half the disk space usage for videos… WHY NOT, Apple?
      Must be due to the new 128GB iPhone models making this less necessary. Oh wait…

  • chumawumba

    Hey Jeff how do you do these screen captures in iOS 7?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      My guess would be display out or airplay and then use a program to put it into the nice iPhone frame…

    • Fletch

      There’s also a program called Reflector that records everything happening on your device to your PC screen. Puts it in a nice frame.

      http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/

  • meltajon

    How do you upload slo-mo vids to Instagram? I’ve seen a few others on Twitter do it but when I tried, it came out normal speed.

  • Riaz Toorabally

    WOW!!! Looks awesome!!! Can’t wait to get mine.. Excellent video..

  • Pro fun user

    How about the size(in Mgb)? slow mo file and usual?