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February 23, 2015

Listen in: 4K audio Lumia showcase

The Lumia Denim Update delivers a host of top features to enhance your Windows Phone experience. One feature is 4K recording*. But 4K doesn’t just apply to video. It’s also great for audio. Check out the sounds.

Before pressing play, switch the settings to 2160p (4K) and pop in some earphones for maximum enjoyment.

Playing the drums in the video (recorded by Antti Kangasaho, Senior Microphone Specialist at Microsoft) is Rolf Pilve, the drummer from power metal band Stratovarius. We think you’ll agree that the quality of sound recorded by the Lumia 930 is impressive.

The level of detail captured is mostly down to four omni-directional microphones on the device recording the sounds from different directions.

For instance, the sound levels in front of the camera are recorded at a higher level, while the sounds from the other side are reduced resulting in a better focused sound experience.

Additionally, clever algorithms are also at play to give you a more real sound, and the ability to record louder sounds than before means there’s less distortion when you play it back.

4K audio recording doesn’t just apply to musicians; it can also enrich everyday moments.

Imagine wandering through a forest in winter, crystallised water sparkling at you while the sound of snow crunches underfoot.

Well, imagine not. Press play on JacobW’s video, filmed with a Lumia 930.

If you’ve ever been on a beachside vacation, you probably love the sound of the waves lapping at the shore.

Close your eyes and enjoy the sounds of the sea—or keep them open to see an amazing sunset moment–filmed on a Lumia Icon and shared by Robert Millard.

Are you into sports? Matt McQueen recently watched the Glasgow Rocks go head-to-head against the Manchester Giants to win.

Using his Lumia 930 to capture the end of the game, the sounds of the basketball sneakers scuffing the floor and the reaction from the crowd make you feel like you’re there, courtside.

In this video, Oli Řeháček spends a moment on top of the Charles Bridge in Prague surrounded by cawing seagulls while soft music blows in on the wind. Captured using a Lumia 930.

And of course, let’s not forget our friend and National Geographic photographer, Stephen Alvarez.

Equipped with a Lumia 930, he shares his 4K video experience of Victoria Falls, which is full of life and detail.

Have you captured any 4K video/audio with your Lumia Denim-updated Lumia 930, Lumia Icon or Lumia 1520?

Share them with us below; we’d love to see them.

*4K available with the Lumia 1520, Lumia Icon and Lumia 930.

4K recording