Latest Samsung Galaxy S23 camera update allegedly removed 'high bitrate videos' option in 8K 30fps mode - here's possibly why

Without a doubt, the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 lineup helps cater to the needs of gaming fanatics, photography enthusiasts, and productivity-driven individuals.

Recently, Samsung released the July 2023 update for the S23 series, which claims to patch over 90 security vulnerabilities found in the previous OS version.

Even though the company asserts that it has not introduced any tweaks to camera and other smartphone settings, users allegations suggest the opposite.

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S23 camera update allegedly removed ‘high bitrate videos’ option in 8K 30fps mode

According to reports (1,2,3,4,5,6,7), it looks like the latest update for the Samsung Galaxy S23 series has removed the high-bitrate videos option in 8K 30fps mode.

Users claim that the camera app has recently been upgraded from version to version

And after the upgrade, the ‘high bitrate videos’ choice in 8K 30fps mode has been restricted to an 80 Mbit/s bitrate and is grayed out. Notably, one could earlier shoot clippings at a spectacular 200 Mbit/s bitrate with some stuttering.

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It was available pre-June update. I guess there were some complaints about 8k stuttering at high bitrate, so they axed it. I never use 8k, so I couldn’t say how accurate that is.

Samsung removes high bitrate recording option in 8k30fps in the latest camera update (S23).

However, to make matters worse, the firmware update has changed the binary version of the boot loader to 3, making it impossible to roll back to the old firmware. Due to this, one can no longer shoot videos in excellent 8K quality.

Although it’s quite possible that the company has made this move after some device owners (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) took to Reddit to complain about the high stuttering while recording videos in 8K quality.

As per the claims, each video had a noticeable stutter after about 10 seconds, reducing the frame rate by 80% on average.

I don’t know why they advertised and promoted 8k when most people can’t even tell the difference between 4K and 8k when shown a video. 8K sounds great but they could have just promoted 4K and just said that 8K may be able to work but, may also be unreliable.

The issue persisted even after one ran the device optimization software process, or recorded them in ambient and cold temperatures.

Users also could not get rid of the problem by cleaning the app cache, closing unnecessary processes, and resetting their device.

I also have stuttering even in 4k 30fps. It doesn’t record at a stable 30fps. It records at 29/28 and sometimes even 20fps! It’s a joke. I never had this issue on the s10 or s21 ultra

Those affected are now calling on Samsung to address this concern swiftly and re-introduce the ‘high bitrate videos’ option in 8K 30fps mode.

Having said that, we will keep tabs on the latest developments and update this article to reflect noteworthy information.

We have a dedicated Samsung Galaxy S23 series updates, bugs, problems, and issues tracker, so be sure to check it out.

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