Video capture is standard on smartphones these days, but not all camcorders are created equal. We put four popular smartphones to the test to determine which has the best video quality.
Smartphones boast a wealth of useful functions from email and web browsing to video and music playback.
With ever-improving sensors, on-board editing tools, and wireless sharing features, smartphones are also a popular device when it comes to capturing video on the go.
But not all smartphone camcorders are created equal. In my head-to-head tests, I found that certain phones handled motion more skillfully than others, some performed better in dim lighting while others floundered, and some produced noticeable pixelation in my test shoots.
The camcorder specs for each are as follows:
- Palm Pre Plus
3Mp sensor, 640x480-pixel videos, up to 29 frames per second
- Nexus One
5Mp sensor, 720x480-pixel videos, up to 20 frames per second
- Motorola Milestone
5Mp sensor, 720x480-pixel videos, up to 24 frames per second
- Apple iPhone 3GS
3Mp sensor, 640x480-pixel videos, up to 30 frames per second
The Milestone and the Nexus One, both running Google's AnMilestone 2.1 OS, do not have any on-board video-editing features.
The Palm Pre Plus and the iPhone 3GS, in contrast, allow you to trim video length by dragging a handle through a series of thumbnail-size stills.
Which smartphone camcorder had the best video quality? Read on.
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- We pit four of the most popular smartphones head-to-head
- Bright lighting test
- Dim lighting test
- Sound quality