We all know for a fact that smartphone cameras presently have evolved to a great extent compared to the ones we had a few years ago. With more lenses, more camera features, smaller camera sensors, and much more, we can safely say smartphone cameras will soon dismiss the need for a DSLR. At least, for casual photographers.
One thing that has always intrigued me is the slow-motion video capturing, and that is also improving with time. So much so that Huawei (known for bringing out impressive camera features) has unveiled its slo-mo video recording at a whopping 7680fps.
The ability to record 7680fps slo-mo videos will ship in the most recent Mate 30 Pro in its Mate 30 series. But how Huawei has managed to pull off the number that is eight times the current 960fps slow-motion videos seen in most of the premium smartphones?
Here’s a quick explanation by Huawei:
How 7680fps Slow-Motion Videos Work?
In an interview, Huawei executive Bruce Lee has suggested that to capture 7680fps slow-motion videos, co-processing is required. In this method, the CPU, GPU, ISP, and the NPU will work together in the SoC to process the desired output.
The slow-motion videos will be captured for 0.12 seconds, which will eventually be extended to 32 seconds at 30fps. That means it’s around 945 frames taken at 720p resolution.
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— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) September 21, 2019
Once the video is recorded, the smartphone’s camera sensor uses AI to figure out the slow-motion breaks, as human reflexes often miss out on the exact point of recording a slow-motion video. The camera takes one second of the video and then decides the point where it should begin the 0.12-second slow motion part.
The whole process requires around 2GB of RAM. Thanks to the 8GB of RAM present in the Mate 30 Pro, the process doesn’t put much stress on the smartphone.
To put things in perspective, this would mean that when a user hits the slow-motion option, the Mate 30 Pro will record the 0.12-second long video. Then with the use of AI, it will select the slow-motion moments. Once this happens, the 7680fps slow-motion videos will be produced that can be played for 32 seconds.
This will give rise to really slow videos, and the “slowness” proves pretty evident.
Mate 30 Pro Camera Specs
As a reminder, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes with four rear cameras: a 40MP SuperSensing Cine main sensor, a 40MP Ultra Wide Angle sensor, a 16MP telephoto lens, and a 3D Depth Sensor. The front-facing camera is rated at 32MP. The Mate 30 Pro supports 3x Optical Zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom, Autofocus, AIS (AI-assisted Stabilization), and Bokeh effects.
The Mate 30, on the other hand, has three rear cameras (a 40MP SuperSensing main camera, a 16MP Ultra Wide Angle Snapper, and an 8MP telephoto sensor) The front snapper stands at 24MP.
Bruce Lee further stated that Huawei expects to sell more than 20 million units of its Mate 30 series. To recall, the Mate 20 series sold 16 million units while the P30 series sold 17 million units.