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BlackBerry Passport To Support 4K Video Recording

By August 29, 2014News

On the opposite side of the Passport’s impressive 1440×1440 screen is a solid 13MP camera. The camera which was detailed in a spec sheet last week is packed to the gills to offer an exceptional capture expereince with a high quality lens capable of shooting 720, 1080 and 4K video @ 30 FPS. This new information comes via @Dhabkirk – it’s suggested that on the initial release the Passport will not support 4K video recording but will support this capability with the latter release of 10.3.1.

Here’s a breakdown of this very capable camera:

  • 13MP Auto-Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • 5-element f2.0 lens
  • Back Side Illumination
  • LED Flash
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60fps
  • 6DOF video stabilization
  • 5x digital zoom
  • Continuous & touch to focus, image stabilization

Overall 4K shooting is totally useless. But as table stakes it’s great that BlackBerry is planning for the support. It shows they are market aware and working to keep their devices competitive against contenders like the larger iPhone and Note 4 slated for later this year.

What do you think – Does 4K video recording add value to the already impressive device?

James Nieves

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  • Jeffrey Long

    Will the Passport come in Blue keys and Blue lower front. Blue would be super Cool and you would sell Millions of them…trust me on this one…

  • Chance

    “That means users can enjoy 4K movies on Ultra HD displays virtually everywhere they go with Ultra HD enabled devices like the Snapdragon 800 powered Samsung Galaxy Note 3. One can imagine that users of such a device could end up consuming more Ultra HD movies as a result.”
    I copied and pasted this from the Qualcomm website. From what I read if it’s an 800 series it supports 4k recording.

  • Noobi

    We’re need some as Lytro, camera features,

  • passportmadness

    If it does support 4K, it would be great, putting it in line with MODERN flagship devices from other competitors.

    HOWEVER, if it is indeed using Snapdragon 800, i dont see how it can support 4K, considering only Snapdragon 801 and above supports it? (Hardware level)

  • Alan

    No doubt the 4K capability just adds to the coolness of the Passport IMO. Seeing that technology changes fast, installing the capability of a future feature or features is important. It demonstrates BlackBerry is ready and willing to be part of the challenge and part of the solution of advance technology. It is SMART Thinking, Good Awareness and Preparation, for Whatever is Coming Up.

  • BBZTEN_Black Lantern

    If I could get my passport in Red… glad lawd that would be awesome

  • Gerii

    I don’t think it’s useless as long as the quality doesn’t suffer. In a few years we will have 4k or even more high-resolution screens and we’ll be glad that our memories will be recorded in the bigger resolution.

    • You’re probably on point with your comment. Thanks for sharing your input!

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  • Midgeone

    That red passport looks amazing, let’s hope the new lineup starts getting people to look at BlackBerry then they will see BlackBerry 10 and what their blinkered outlook has made them miss

    • ABater

      Wasn’t the red just a concept. I could’ve sworn that in a previous post Nieves said that it was purely speculative. But I agree. Red is amazing.