26-07-2023 03:43 PM - last edited 26-07-2023 04:50 PM
Samsung silently worsened Galaxy S23's (S23, S23+, S23 Ultra) 8k 30 fps video quality with firmware update in July 2023.
Samsung camera app was updated on 29th of June 2023 from version 13.1.01.28 (which worked great) to unfortunate version 13.1.01.35.
No more "high bitrate video" in 8k 30 fps mode. It worked wonderfully before the recent update.
It saved 8k videos in stunning 200 Mbit/s high bitrate. Now, after the update only 80 Mbit/s as "high bitrate video" setting in "Advanced Video Options" is greyed out and no possibility to turn it back again.
Samsung, bring back high bitrate video of 8k30 mode to S23 Samsung Camera app like it was till 29 of June 2023 with Camera version 13.1.01.28.
Do not do such things to customers making them really angry. Do not remove crucial high-end features in camera app.
What is worse, the firmware update changed binary version of boot loader to 3, making it impossible to revert to June 2023 S23 firmware version which worked great for 8k video quality.
I unpacked my new S23, took a few videos with "high bitrate video' setting in 8k and tapped to update.
What a bad surprice was after the update, to see, that "High Bitrate Video" is greyed out in 8k and not possible to turn on (the same with HDR10+ switch) and there is just crappy 80 Mbit/s standard mode, saving low quality 8k videos.
If somebody knows what happened and if Samsung Camera will get that setting back again please write a word.
HDR10+ recording in 8k would be great to enable too.
I would love to revert to Samsung Camera app version 13.1.01.28, which was released on 26 April 2026 and worked very good, with HBV mode working ok. Is there a way to go back to 13.1.01.28 when a new firmware has 13.1.01.35 camera version with this great HBV function disabled?
July 2023 firmware update increased bit of boot loader to 3, making it impossible to flash back earlier firmware which had 13.1.01.28 camera version installed.
See the issue here:
Could somebody from Samsung affiliated with this topic write explanation please?
26-07-2023 06:36 PM in
28-07-2023 05:20 AM in
I switched back to Samsung from being an iPhone user for 6 years , because of this phone. If they are going to remove features via update, I am done and going back to Apple.
28-07-2023 10:29 AM in
Hi. The 8k looks phenomenal, like animated DSLR photos with rich colors. Even at 80 Mbit/s it is still much much higher quality recording than 4k. If you downscale to 4k from 8k you will see a big difference, even despite you enable high bitrate video for 4k. 8k is like filming with 1x zoom and 2x zoom cameras in one video. Go for 8k.