iPhone delivers snappy video

CNET tests the iPhone 4's HD-capable video camera and is impressed with the results. But just don't take our word for it; watch and judge for yourself.

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I've already shown you that the iPhone 4 takes great still photos , but we wanted demonstrate its video capabilities as well.

The handset's upgraded camera can record 720p high-definition video at a constant 30 frames per second. As I said in the iPhone 4 review, it isn't the first handset to offer this capability, but it delivers improved quality over the iPhone 3GS. I shot this video on the main street in Provincetown, Mass. There's a lot going on here, including cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, but the camera captures them all without the jerky motion or hiccups that typically plague video shot with other camera phones. It is a tad blown out, but you can adjust the light somewhat with the new tap to focus feature. What's more, sound is in sync with the audio and the clip as a whole is pretty smooth. I invite you to judge it for yourself.

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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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