The iPhone 5s comes with a unique camera mode that no other iPhone model has — not even the iPhone 5. Users are able to shoot video at 120 frames per second to allow for slow motion playback. This essentially means that videos play back four times slower than normal speed, since most video is shot at 30 frames per second (30 x 4 = 120 frames per second).
If you’re not familiar with how slow-motion video works, the camera essentially captures 120 frames every second (compared to 30 frames per second with regular cameras). Then, it plays that video back at 30 frames per second, which results in a slow-motion effect. The higher number of frames that can be captured per second, the slower the video plays back.
Needless to say, the iPhone 5s’s “Slo-Mo” feature is pretty cool, and users have already made a ton of nifty and funny videos showing off the capabilities of the phone’s camera. Here are a few of them that we particularly enjoyed.
This first one might be a little odd, but it shows how much detail the iPhone 5s’s camera can capture. We’ve seen highly-detailed photos of the eye’s iris, but it’s impressive to see it detailed using a smartphone’s camera — nonetheless getting a slo-mo view of the pupil dilating.
This next one is probably the weirdest slo-mo video you’ll see, and it might be a little gross for some, but it shows the uvula in the throat moving around in slow motion. Enjoy.
We’ve seen plenty of iPhone drop tests, but this is the first iPhone drop test to be recorded in slow motion using another iPhone. It’s not as slow as we would like a drop test to be, but it still shows interesting angles of an iPhone 5c drop test.
This one is more of the artistic slo-mo videos shot with the iPhone 5s. Of course, we wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more and more artistic slo-mo videos shot with the iPhone 5s, but here’s one to whet your appetites.
One of the interesting things about slo-mo video is that it also slows down the audio, which lowers the pitch, making regular dialogue sound like slow-talking ogres. For this little yorkie puppy, he sounds like a full-grown lion when his bark is slowed down.
This video is a quick slo-mo demonstration of a BMXer showing off his street freestyle skills.
It wouldn’t be slow motion video without the explosions. This is one of the more impressive explosions that we’ve seen recorded with the iPhone 5s.
This iPhone drop test is a bit different; instead of recording another iPhone being dropped, the iPhone 5s recording the slo-mo video is the one being dropped, and the result is quite impressive, but it might give you vertigo, so be warned.
This video consists of a montage of slo-mo footage recorded with the iPhone 5s, from large groups of people shopping in the mall, to folks playing basketball.
As the last iPhone 5s slo-mo video on the list, I’m including an obligatory slo-mo video that I recorded of my nephew sneezing and coughing in slow motion (don’t worry; he’s not sick here). It’s definitely entertaining to watch.