I have a Galaxy S7 Flat, and I use Google Photos Unlimited backup free (which means at max/reduce videos to Full HD).

So I was wondering if I record in Quad HD (4K) has the same quality of recording​ in Full HD since the beginning.

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Quad HD recording is superior to full HD as you can see from table

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But if Google photos is reducing it Full HD, then the quality will be superior to that of a video recorded in Full HD and uploaded based on Google Product forums

Videos higher than 1080p will be resized to high-definition 1080p. A video with 1080p or less will look close to the original.

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In other words, if the quality of recording is less than or equal to 1080p, it will suffer compression losses, not if it is higher

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    You can probably confirm by comparing Full HD video size before and after uploading . If the file size of latter is smaller, it would point to compression losses. Not sure if this is a reliable experiment though
    – beeshyams
    Mar 15, 2017 at 17:34
  • Were you able to check as suggested above?
    – beeshyams
    Mar 17, 2017 at 18:02

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