Page 5 - HD video recording
Can't wait for the iPhone 4? Neither could we. Ahead of its official Aussie release, we sourced an iPhone 4 from overseas and gave it the full review treatment
Apple has taken big strides on the video recording front, going from no recording on the 3G, to VGA recording on the 3GS and finally both 720p HD recording and VGA recording using the back and front cameras on the iPhone 4. The tap-to-focus feature is available at any time while you’re recording, and if you trigger the LED flash, it stays on until you switch it off again.
The video quality is almost as good as that of other compact HD camcorders like the Flip Mino HD, and what it lacks in fine detail and audio quality, it makes up for with its tap-to-focus, larger built-in memory and the ability to edit clips and send them off directly from the device. Like the Flip, it records video in H.264 at 30 frames per second.
Video editing hasn’t seen any change from iPhone OS 3.2 – you’re limited to trimming the start and end of the clip and uploading it to email, MMS, MobileMe or YouTube. For more editing features, you’ll need to cough up US$4.99 for Apple’s new iMovie app. The only way to get the videos off the iPhone at the full 720p quality is by exporting them to your PC or Mac using an image manager like iPhoto or Windows Photo Viewer or using a third party app like Pixelpipe. If you send a video via email or MMS or upload them to MobileMe or YouTube, iOS4 automatically compresses it a smaller 568 x 320 resolution. Our 30-second test clip, originally 42MB, was shrunk down to a 3MB file when we sent it by email.