Seven phones and cameras for shooting ultra HD video on the go – archive your adventures in 4K

To film your travels and make them look good on next-gen TVs and handsets, you need to upgrade and embrace the high-resolution revolution

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2017, 1:30pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2017, 1:30pm

Garmin VIRB Ultra 30

Record what you did and exactly where you did it with this GPS action camera (HK$3,199) from Garmin – and all by voice. Tell it to “start recording”, “take a picture” or even “remember that” and it will obey, while built-in sensors measure GPS, altitude and speed. It comes with a separate waterproof case. Buy it from www.sportsworld.hk

Nikon KeyMission 360

If it makes sense to shoot in 4K to make your videos watchable on big 4K TVs, then you should also be considering filming in 360-degree wraparound for the virtual reality future. The KeyMission 360 (HK$4,380) action camera is capable of both. Available at broadway.com.hk

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS110

Compact cameras are getting increasingly sophisticated these days, and this snapper from Panasonic with a one-inch MOS sensor (HK$5,990) doesn’t just record 4K video. 4K Photo Mode allows extraction of high-resolution stills from video, which is handy when filming action, sports or wildlife. Also includes 10x optical zoom. Available at panasonic.hk

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Flagship smartphones are increasingly able to shoot 4K video, and there are few more desirable than the Z5 Premium (HK$6,398). This Octa Core handset also boasts 23 megapixel photos and, of course, a 4K resolution 5.5-inch screen to inspect the hi-res results. Sold by fortress.com.hk

GoPro Hero 5 Session

The world’s most popular action cam brand is back with a 4K upgrade (HK$2,550), but there’s more to this portable and durable cube than extra pixels. Single, burst and time-lapse modes are possible, and it’s waterproof to 10 metres without any extra protection. Get it from APA Outdoor Shop, Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, tel: 3153 4091

iPhone 7 Plus

Just another iPhone? There was a lot of disappointment surrounding the release of Apple’s iPhone 7 line-up a few months ago, but what went under the radar is that the flagship 7 Plus (HK$8,288) can shoot 4K video. Available at fortress.com.hk

Casio EX-FR200

Able to capture a wide field of view thanks to its fisheye camera lens, the Casio EX-FR200 (HK$4,480) gives you a new perspective on your adventures. The spherical effect is allied to the ability to shoot 360-degree video, super-wide 208-degree video or, of course, 4K quality – but you do have to choose between them. Sold at broadway.com.hk