After several illuminated portraits and a few dozen intense 4K videos at 60 frames per second, we reached almost a third of this capacity.
We use an iPhone with 256GB capacity (less bad) but if your storage capped off the initial, we would have to start worrying about deleting files. During a 4K video session, in its new 60 frames per second mode, we filled almost 20GB of the phone, also counting in slow motion, in its renewed resolution from 1,080 pixels to 240 frames per second. This would represent a third of your total space, if we had a 64GB phone.

In the few days we spent with an iPhone 8 Plus test drive we realized that its 64GB model would be short for our intense uses.

Why you should not buy the iPhone 8 Plus 64GB

We captured about 40 short videos of this type, an average of 30 seconds, and a few regular photos and in portrait mode, both with blurred background and new types of portrait lighting, with dark backgrounds and clear subjects. Our photographic roll reached 479 files, of which 97 are high quality videos, 140 are portraits, and the rest are photos.

We had this phone in our hands less than a week, and dedicated its use almost exclusively to the camera, this means: we did not download additional applications, so the memory could not have been invested in additional tasks of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , etc. The only thing that we lowered further are the Super Mario Run and Sonic Book video games, which occupy 162MB and 158MB, respectively, the Gmail (133MB) and YouTube (97MB) applications.

Although the set of aggregate and native apps takes up quite a bit of space, Photos – which includes still images and videos – fills up 8.8GB, almost half the space hoarded so far. And that Apple opened with iOS 11 the format HEIF (for photos) and HEVC (for videos), which compress the size of the files and, therefore, considerably reduce the space occupied in the phone by 4K captures.

These formats can be adjusted, and we recommend choosing the option of compressed files, to save space. If we go to the camera application in settings, Apple gives us two alternatives: “high efficiency”, for HEIF / HEVC captures, and “more compatible”, for photos in the traditional JPEG format and videos in the usual H.264.

If we choose the previous format (JPG, H.264) we give up the new resolutions of recording of the iPhone 8 Plus. That is, 4K videos would not work at 60 frames per second or slow motion from 1,080 to 240 frames per second.

Therefore, if we want to enjoy the new video alternatives, we have no choice but to embrace the latest high-efficiency video format.

The distinction between the HEIF / HEVC and JPEG / H.264 recording formats is pronounced: a one-minute video in the highest quality (4K at 30 frames per second) in H.264 occupies 350MB: that is, more than half than with the new format in identical resolution (170MB in HEVC).

According to Apple, in the HEIF / HEVC format, one minute of video at the highest resolution (4K at 60 frames per second) occupies, on average, 400MB of memory. In contrast, in its lowest definition, from 720 HD pixels to 30 frames per second, it is 10 times smaller: only 40MB.

Therefore, another thrifty measure is to record video in less quality (but I do not think you want to take this precautionary measure if you bought an iPhone 8 Plus and want to take full advantage of it).

In the storage application, Apple suggests uninstalling apps you do not use, or reviewing personal videos, to get rid of those large ones (within the storage app they appear ordered from top to bottom, so it’s easy to choose which ones to get rid of). But we all know that nobody likes to get rid of files stored in the cell, and that we are very lazy to do.

That’s why, although Apple has increased the base capacity of both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus — from 64GB instead of the 32GB of the phones of 2016 — this configuration is still limited, especially for those who think Get juice from the camera on this phone. Of course, buying a version with more capacity means a price difference of US $ 149 for the jump to 256GB: the iPhone 8 64GB costs US $ 699, which jumps to US $ 849 with 256GB. The iPhone 8 Plus, for its part, starts at US $ 799 with 64GB and rises to US $ 949 with 256GB (a price that brings it closer to the base cost of iPhone X).

You decide what suits you according to the use you envisage, but if your weakness is 4K videos the option with more storage will save you the extra worry of managing heavy files.