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How To Use Slow Motion on the Google Pixel 2/2 XL

Posted by Arch on July 12, 2018

The Pixel 2/2 XL is Google’s flagship smartphone model and there’s no denying it is a very good Android phone. Still, there is one feature which particularly stands out among the rest and that is its 12.2-megapixel rear camera. If we take modern trends into consideration, there is little surprise that Google decided to invest heavily in this area.

The camera has always been an important element of any smartphone, but nowadays, it is frequently the deciding factor for many customers when it comes to choosing which new phone to get. As different manufacturers vie for dominance in this area, new features keep getting added to our devices. Consequently, one such feature which has gained prominence in recent years is the ability to record slow-motion videos.

Seeing as the Pixel 2/2 XL is a high-end model, as previously mentioned, it’s natural that it has this capability. In this guide, we’ll tell you a bit more about this feature of your phone, but first things first. Before we talk about anything else, we’ll tell you how to turn on slow motion on your device so you can give it a try for yourself.

Using Slow Motion

As is the case with many other features of your phone, slow motion is designed with ease of use in mind. In fact, it couldn’t be simpler.

Start off by launching the Camera app.

Once you’ve launched the camera, tap the button in the top left corner and you’ll see the following menu.

Next up, simply select the “Slow Motion” option and you are all good to go. Tap on “Record” and the video you capture will be slowed to a crawl.

Available Options

Now that you’ve given this feature a whirl, you’ll want to know what your options are regarding the video quality. The Pixel 2/2 XL has two available settings for recording slow-motion videos.

By default, your phone records slow-motion videos in 720p resolution at 240 frames per second. This resolution (1280×720 pixels) is also known as standard High Definition or HD Ready. It provides good quality but you can go higher if you want to because the Pixel 2/2 XL supports another option.

If you want to increase the resolution of your slow-motion videos, you can easily do so. Go to the same menu we used to turn on slow motion in the first place and choose “Settings”. From here, you can switch to 1080p.

Should you do this, your phone will record slow-motion videos at 120 fps. However, the resolution will be 1080p (1920×1080), otherwise called Full HD. These options change the way the slow motion works and you should definitely experiment with both settings and get a feel for what they’re like.

Summary

As we said, using slow motion on the Google Pixel 2/2 XL is very easy – the option is right there in the Camera menu. Slow motion videos are a really neat function which can turn everyday sights (like lighting a match) into visual spectacles. Seeing as your phone already comes with this capability, you should at least give it a try.

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