8K video is all hype - it's just a marketing gimmick

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News has surfaced that Samsung has just downgraded the video capabilities of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, by removing its top-most 8K recording bitrate setting. In a move that seems to have angered some S23 Ultra users (though personally I'm struggling to empathise), Samsung has ditched the 100Mbps 8K bitrate option, leaving the highest quality setting at 'only' 80Mbps.

Sources suggest Samsung could have made this decision to address some visible glitchiness and stuttering that was visible in footage shot at 100Mbps. If we're to speculate, this could either be down to the phone's chipset not quite being potent enough to manage flawless 100Mbps 8K recording, but more likely is the phone's RAM possibly not being fast enough to smoothly process the colossal amount of data that results from shooting 8K at a high bit rate.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.