Google’s Pixel 4 was released today, with users receiving their devices in the mail. At the same time, Google’s newest flagship has been reviewed and found wanting in one aspect — support of 4K 60fps video.

“Pixel 4 supports 4k video recording on the rear camera at 30fps. We find that the majority of users stick with 1080p, so we focus our energy on improving our quality in this mode, versus enabling a 4k 60fps mode that could use up to half a gigabyte of storage every minute,” Google said on Twitter. 

On the one hand, the Pixel 4 does shoot incredible photos that rival those of the much-praised iPhone 11 and surpass its previous offerings. On the other hand, the device’s lack of 4K 60fps and indeed any specialised video capability puts a damper on its camera features.

Personally, I don’t use video much on my Pixel, but a lot of people value Google’s missing camera features especially as rivals like Samsung and Apple offer them.