One of the great new features of the iPhone 5s is the ability to shoot slow motion video at 120 frames per second. There are of course other apps you can buy that allow you to shoot slo-mo video, but Apple makes it a lot easier by incorporating it right into your camera app.
To shoot slow motion video all you have to do is open the camera on your iPhone 5s, select slo-mo, and start recording. When you’re done, a section of the video will be preselected for you and slowed down. Don’t worry, it’s easy to adjust where you want the slo-mo to start and end. Just tap and drag to set the in and out points, and that’s it.
Here’s my video demonstration on just how easy it is to start shooting slo-mo video. I also go through sharing your videos, which I’ll also touch on when you’re done watching.
So As I mentioned in the video, sharing your creations is buggy. While you can upload the slo-mo videos to YouTube or Facebook easily, those are currently the only two ways to share the videos in full HD quality. Sending them via e-mail or iMessage will compress the video and lower the quality. Unfortunately when you try to transfer your videos into iPhoto, iMovie or Final Cut, you lose the slo-mo effect. The programs can support slow motion, because if you email yourself the video and then import it, the slo-mo effect works. Why you can’t directly import the full quality video onto your computer right now is a mystery to me, and hopefully Apple addresses this soon.
Besides the sharing frustrations, using the slo-mo feature on the iPhone 5s is a lot of fun. Doing a quick search on YouTube you can find a lot of cool examples of it in use. If you have an iPhone 5s let us know if you’re enjoying the slo-mo feature.