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Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact Get 4K and 120 FPS Video Recording
It seems like the latest feature to find its way into almost all modern flagship smartphones is 4K video recording. This began with the Acer Liquid S2, and has now made its way to recent flagships from Samsung, LG, and Sony—this being the Galaxy S5, G3, and Xperia Z2, respectively. As with any other new feature found on the latest devices, owners of previous flagships may find themselves longing for the added features. Luckily, Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact can now enjoy some of this on their own devices.
Thanks to the collective efforts of XDA Senior Members shem2409 and Riyal, Forum Member lagalaga, and Recognized Contributor olokos, a port of the Xperia Z2’s 4K video recording has been developed for the Z1 and Z1 Compact. In addition to 4K recording capabilities, the port also allows you to record video with 120 frames per second with the Timeshift camera app.
In order to install this port, you’ll need your Xperia Z1 or Z1 Compact to be rooted, deodexed, and have the SuperUser mod installed. Once you’ve checked off this list, all you need to do is flash the provided ZIP package through a custom recovery. As of right now, SteadyShot mode in 4K resolution does not work and hence has been disabled temporarily. Other than that, however, the mod seems to be fully functional with all known bugs ironed out. The next device planned to receive a 4K and 120 FPS port is the Xperia Z Ultra, since it shares the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, so owners of this phablet potentially have something to look forward to in the future.
If you’re interested in checking out the mod yourself, head over to the original thread for more information. If you’ve already installed the mod, be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments as well as the mod discussion thread here.
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