Google may be bringing 4K60 video recording to Pixel

Pixel 4 XL rear cameras

Google’s Pixel phones regularly get praise for their photo capabilities, but one area where the devices aren’t quite as competitive is video recording. That may change soon.

Google is working on adding 4K60 video recording to its Pixels. The folks at XDA-Developers and XDA user cstark27 recently took a look at version 7.4 of the Google Camera app that was extracted from the Pixel 4a and found a new “camcorder.4k60fps” mode.

The issue is that there were no other assets or resources found, nor is there any indication as to what Pixel phone will get 4K60 video recording.

Video recording a 4K resolution and at 60 frames per second is a feature that’s available on many popular smartphones, including the Galaxy S10 and S20 series, the iPhone 11, and the OnePlus 7T. We haven’t seen that feature on any of Google’s Pixels, though, with recent models like the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 4 all topping out at 4K30.

It’s been suggested that the Pixel 4 doesn’t support 4K60 video capture due to memory bandwidth concerns. It’s unclear if Google has gotten around those issues and will add 4K60 video recording to the Pixel 4, perhaps in a future feature drop, or if we’ll have to wait until the Pixel 4a or maybe even the Pixel 5 to finally get 4K60 video recording on a Pixel.

Whenever it ends up happening, we’re excited to learn that Google is working on adding 4K60 video capture to Pixel phones. Considering how well-known Pixels are for their still photo performance, it’d be great to see Google’s flagships gain a video recording feature that’s currently available on many other high-end phones.

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