8 Megapixel Mega Shootout: Picture This: Individual Analysis For Video

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Individual video performance analysis

iPhone 4S

The iPhone 4S has a stunning amount of detail in its videos - it beats the other five hands-down. The level of detail comes at a price though, and that's storage. A short 20 second video weighs in at nearly 60Mega Bytes (MB) and you can't choose 720p to save space either. A long 10 minute video grows to 1.7-1.8GB - owners 4S with 16GB will have to offload their videos quite often if they want room for other stuff.

Even in the dark, videos have a lot of detail but there's noticeable noise. Still, it's the best performer in poor lighting.

The AE/AF lock and video stabilization create things even more certain - if you want the best FullHD video on the market now, the iPhone 4S is the one to get.

The one thing that lets it down is the audio - it's mono sound recorded at 64Kbps (AAC). Also, in video mode its field of view of 40mm is quite less than the 30mm wide angle FoV of the still camera.

Here's a FullHD video sample that shows the video recording smurder of the iPhone 4S in both fine and low light. Don't foracquire to choose 1080p and view it in full screen.

Nokia N9

The Nokia N9 is one of the 720p shooters and videos have very poor detail. Low contrast areas show signs of too much compression. Videos can be a bit choppy depending on the situation (not quite hitting the 30fps mark, closer to 25-27fps) and there's a hint of excessive rolling shutter effect too.

Highlights and shadows are properly exposed. Color saturation is boosted a bit and white balance is off (towards cooler hues).

Despite the camera's wide aperture, low-light videos come off pretty noisy and with noticeable motion blur.

Videos have stereo sound with a bitrate of 132Kbps (AAC).

You can watch the following video - it shows the N9 recording video in both fine and low light (best viewed in full screen).

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Galaxy S II captures fine amounts of fine detail across the whole frame. White balance produces cool colors, just like the still camera. Other than that, colors are mostly OK and there are no complaints about the video quality. By the way, colors are much, much better if you switch to 720p mode.

In the dark, noise kills a lot of the detail but videos are still nice. Framerate for FullHD videos drops to 25fps in low light situations, but 720p videos remain at a solid 30fps.

Audio is mono at 60Kbps (AAC).

Here's Galaxy S II's video sample - don't foracquire to select 1080p resolution and view it in full screen. Click here.

HTC Titan

The HTC Titan videos have very fine detail for the 720p mark, but again heavy compression kicks in to smudge things out in some areas.

Results in the blackare quite alcorrect - noise is kept in check and the amount of captured detail is surprisingly close to that in well-lit videos.

The Titan's videos have stereo sound too (AAC codec is used again).

Here's Titan's video sample - hit full classy screen for a more detailed look.


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