You can feast your eyes on 4K on your computer, your tablet and your TV, and high-end phones are getting in on the act as well.
The ZTE Axon Elite is precisely such a phone: its powerful Snapdragon processor, 3GB of RAM and 13-megapixel dual rear-facing cameras allow it to shoot incredibly detailed 4K video to its spacious 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded to an extra 128GB with a microSD card.
But what to shoot? The world’s your oyster, but if you’re stuck for inspiration, have we ever got a list for you. Events, places and people worldwide that are crying out to be lavished in gorgeous 4K glory.
You’ll need a waterproof case for this one. La Tomatina has taken place in Buñol, near Valencia, for the past 70 years, and is a food fight like no other. Up to 40,000 people from all over the world descend on the small town each year. Their aim: to chuck 150 tonnes of tomatoes at each other. The reasons have been largely lost to the abandoned allotment of time, and there isn’t really a winner except, presumably, for the town’s launderettes.
Our recommendation: keep moving, keep shooting, enjoy the mayhem and try not to lose your phone in the world’s largest passata lake.
Film your drive
Getting hold of a windscreen mount for a smartphone camera is a great idea, but laboriously filming your drive to work every day will yield nothing but tedious footage (though it could help if you come a cropper). For something a bit more interesting, head to one of the UK’s track days.
World-famous tracks such as Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Silverstone and Bedford Autodrome are yours for the day from around £150. You supply your own motor and can spend the day blasting around some of the UK’s finest strips of tarmac, speed-camera-free.
Make a (decent) timelapse
You’ll need to survive a bit of jetlag for this one: head to Phoenix, Arizona, jump in a car and make the four hour drive to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. You’ll be rewarded by one of the world’s finest views: from your vantage point, over a mile above sea level, you’ll be able to see almost all the way back down (the Grand Canyon is over a mile deep at points).
Leave your visit till towards sunset and you’ll see intense colours: perfect for popping up a sturdy tripod and leaving your Axon Elite to record 4K footage for an hour or so.
Use a timelapse app to speed things up and you could come away with something truly spectacular.
Dive, dive, dive
Dive photography is very, very difficult. Getting decent footage while you’re snorkelling is a totally different kettle of fish (sorry). You’re closer to the surface, so you don’t need a set of lights, and you don’t need to do complicated scuba jobs, like managing your buoyancy, at the same time as trying to keep Nemo and co in the frame.
A waterproof pouch with a decent window for the Axon Elite’s camera will set you back less than £50, and there are plenty of good snorkelling spots within a few hours of Europe: Turkey, Egypt, Croatia and Malta all offer top sea life.
For the ultimate adventure, settle in for the 30-hour journey to Tawau in eastern Borneo, home to some of the very best snorkelling and diving on the planet.