Phone cameras sure have come on a long way - This is low light indoor footage on the HTC U11:
I was originally planning on buying a new camera for recording 4K video. Like higher resolution photos, this will let me crop in on video editing software and also deliver a much sharper 1080p rendering. However, with my OnePlus 2 phone being over 2 years old (the longest I had any phone), I was curious to see how low light video performance has come on and checked all the latest phones such as the LG V30, Samsung S8, Sony XZ Premium, etc.
I eventually settled on the HTC U11 with having minimal preinstalled bloat and pretty good video samples in the reviews. While trying to find low light clips (which the reviews seemed to neglect), I ran into the above video and that became the selling point for me. Had the video not mentioned what it was recorded on, I certainly would never have guessed it being shot on a phone! As for my camera, I’ll continue using my Sony DSC RX100 for photos as it was only the video quality I was looking to improve upon. Even my OnePlus 2 outperforms the camera on daylight footage, however, it’s not so great shooting video indoors or at night.