How to get 4K video recording on Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony Xperia Z1

Apparently, letting users record 4K videos is the latest rage in all the recent OEMs as more and more devices are trying to incorporate this feature into their flagship devices. Of course, this doesn’t really mean that you should throw your old phones out of the window as with a few tweaks, you may be able to record videos in 4K resolution too (provided you’re using a device released not too long ago). Such is the case with the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact. So if you do own an Xperia Z1 or Z1 Compact and want to record videos in 4K at 120 fps, just follow our guide below.

Disclaimer: We take no responsibility for any damages done to your device either during or after the process, proceed at your own risk.

Prerequisites: You will require a deodexed ROM (you can simply Google to see if your ROM is deodexed or not) running on your fully rooted device that apart from having a custom recovery also has Xposed Framework installed on it (you can follow our guide for that).


  • Make a Nandroid back of your device by using the custom recovery you have installed (just in case something goes wrong).
  • Download the SuperUser Mod from here on to your device, install and enable it by using the Xposed Framework installer.
  • Reboot your device
  • Download the .zip file you require for the 4K video recording from here
  • Boot into your phone’s custom recovery either manually or via adb and flash in the .zip file you downloaded in the previous step to your phone.
  • That’s it, you will now be able to record videos in 4K on your Xperia Z1 or Xperia Z1 Compact with ease.

Oh and if your camera freezes up every time you try to use the 4K video capture resolution, please disable the Steady Shot feature of your camera as the said option isn’t supported at the moment. Have fun.

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