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You told us: You don't care that the S22 Ultra lacks native super slow-mo

It's no surprise really, given the niche nature of 960fps video recording.
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March 30, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra rear centered right on bench
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Super slow-motion video at 960fps is a pretty amazing yet niche feature, allowing users to record some fantastic slow-mo clips in ideal lighting conditions. However, we noticed that Samsung’s $1,200 Galaxy S22 Ultra offers interpolated 960fps video recording instead of native super slow-mo like its cheaper stablemates.

We added a poll to our news story asking if you cared that Samsung’s Ultra phone didn’t offer native 960fps video output. Here’s how you answered that question.

Do you care that the S22 Ultra doesn’t have native 960fps support?

Results

Almost 900 votes were cast after we posted the poll last week, and the winner by far is the “no” camp. Almost 70% of respondents said they didn’t care that the S22 Ultra used interpolation for 960fps slow-motion video recording.

We can understand this thinking, as 960fps video recording is a niche feature to begin with. It requires great timing, a relatively steady hand, and plenty of light for the feature to work, limiting its use in many scenarios. It’s also worth noting that the video resolution in this mode is pretty low at just 720p, while some phones support much slower 120fps slow-mo at a much sharper 4K instead.

More reading: Testing the Zenfone 7 Pro’s 4K/120fps slow-mo mode

Meanwhile, 31.5% of polled readers say they do care that the S22 Ultra is using software-enhanced 960fps video recording instead of native results. We can understand why people might be upset with this discrepancy, as the Galaxy S22 Ultra costs $1,200 so you wouldn’t expect interpolation tricks here for video recording. It’s also not a great look when the cheaper S22 series phones offer native 960fps output.

In any event, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Galaxy S23 Ultra offers interpolated 960fps video recording next year too. After all, you could argue that it’s a small price to pay when the rest of the camera experience is so good anyway.