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Introducing 720p Camera Phones

Introducing 720p Camera Phones

Introducing 720p Camera Phones

Know Your Camera Phones with 720p Video Recording

A year ago, mobile devices were on the megapixel race, trying to outpace one another by introducing phones that tried to match up with the stand-alone compact camera counterparts. Though they never did match up to that level in actual testing, what followed was a step-up of camera sensors for the smartphone lineup, from the modest 3.2-megapixel, to the common 5-megapixel and the top-tier 8-megapixel sensors. In 2010, a new direction emerged for these camera phones - 720p HD video recording. And from the looks of things, there's quite a number on a wide variety of platforms. This includes Symbian, Google Android and even Apple's new iPhone 4. We help you point out phones with this new 720p video recording capability, as well as a quick recap of what you need to know of these devices.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

One of the first to boast of 720p video resolution recording is the Sony Ericsson Vivaz (and followed by its sibling, the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro with a QWERTY keyboard). Armed with an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and touch autofocus, the Vivaz runs on the touchscreen-based Symbian S60 5th edition.

And that's about as much as you need to know in summary of this Sony Ericsson phone, which is currently available.

Read more of our first-hand experience of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz.

Samsung Galaxy S

While Samsung does have two devices currently capable of 720p recording, namely the bada-based Samsung Wave and the Google Android Samsung Galaxy S, we figured you'll get more value out of the Galaxy S and its offerings. How so? Putting aside the 5-megapixel sensor and its HD capabilities as lined out in this article, we'd like to highlight another unique feature of the Galaxy S - its Super AMOLED screen that makes the Galaxy S so thin and easy on the eyes with its screen clarity, brightness and color.

Locally, the Samsung Galaxy S is now exclusively offered by SingTel until further notice.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S.

Motorola Milestone XT

Motorola has become one of the most watched mobile manufacturer for the year, thanks to its comeback with the earlier Motorola Milestone (Droid in the United States). With its engine back in full gear, the company is now pushing out its big guns with the Motorola Milestone XT. While it might share the same name as the earlier Milestone, the Milestone XT comes with upgrades, including the aforementioned 720p video recording, an 8-megapixel camera, and a HDMI port that allows outputting HD videos onto your HDTVs.

Locally, the Motorola Milestone XT will be available exclusively with StarHub from 10th June 2010.

Apple iPhone 4

The Apple iPhone 4 that was announced just two days ago has had its fair share of publicity even before WWDC 2010. Nonetheless, it also joined the HD bandwagon with its bumped up 5-megapixel camera, and with it, video recording at 720p quality. While its iOS 4 introduces various updates that might seem a tad too late (think multi-tasking and video calling), we have to give props to its improved screen with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels.

The iPhone 4 is slated to be available in Singapore by end July 2010.

Nokia N8

Finally, we have the Nokia N8. The Finnish outfit has been keeping a low profile as of late, and there's no denying that it needs something eye-catching to catapult itself back into the main arena. The N8 bears much significance for the company too, which will debut its Symbian^3 platform for its new smartphone lineup. Other than that, the N8 also comes with a 12-megapixel camera, which will also support 720p HD video recording. As per tradition, the N8 is armed with a Carl-Zeiss lens and sports a Xenon flash much like the Milestone XT.

The Nokia N8 will be available in selected markets by Q3 2010.


720p Video Recording Capable Phones Compared

To put things into perspective at a glance, here's a table comparing the above phones, but focusing on features related only to their imaging and video functionality.

  Sony Ericsson Vivaz Samsung Galaxy S Motorola Milestone XT iPhone 4 Nokia N8
Camera Sensor 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel 12-megapixel
Video Recording 720p video recording @ 24fps 720p video recording @ 30fps 720p video recording @ 24fps 720p video recording @ 30fps 720p video recording @ 25fps
Flash Type LED LED Xenon LED Xenon
Display Size + Resolution 3.2-inch TFT / 480 x 360 pixels 4.0-inch Super AMOLED / 800 x 480 pixels 3.7-inch TFT / 854 x 480 pixels 3.5-inch TFT / 960 x 640 pixels 3.5-inch AMOLED / 640 x 360 pixels
Display Output Support Yes 
Battery Capacity 1200 mAh 1500 mAh 1390 mAh NA 1200 mAh