Top 10 phones of 2017: Best video recording

We’re completing our 2017 best camera roundup with a look at the Top 10 phones for video capture to come out this year. Unsurprisingly, some of these were already featured in the Top 10 rear cameras article from a couple of weeks ago, and whaddayaknow, some can also take pretty nice selfies. We’re done with the stills, though, it’s now time for video.

LG V30‘V’ stands for ‘video’

Top Ten 2017 Video recording

Conceived with vloggers in mind, LG’s V-series have been the go-to choice for video capture, offering an extra level of control, particularly in the manual video mode (a stand-out feature itself). Directional audio recording may be gone this generation (not enough mics), but in the sound department you’re still getting sliders for gain, low cut filter and a volume limiter. You can also choose frame rate, bit rate, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance, and there’s also focus peaking – some phones don’t allow this much advanced control in their manual stills mode and that’s video we’re talking here.

A feature introduced with the V30, Cine mode lets you apply one of 15 pre-set color color effects to achieve a particular look (LG doesn’t like the word ‘filters’), or you can record in a flat profile, which you can later grade to your liking. There’s also Point zoom, which lets you zoom in on action happening in a particular part of the frame and not just the center.

Of course, none of that would make a difference if the end result wasn’t any good, but fret not – the V30’s videos are superb. That is, if you stay away from 1080p/60fps, which is nowhere near flagship-grade. Oh, and there’s also the added benefit of having that ultra wide camera – it’s like an action cam, only it’s always with you. One thing that could be improved – the V30 can only stabilize 1080p/30fps footage, but not 4K or 1080p/60fps.