iPhone 3GS: Camera & Video Quality Rocks Your Socks

For two straight days now, you’ve seen my posts regarding the sheer, raw power of the iPhone 3GS. Boot up times are faster along with overall system speed, network, and 3D performance. Today I’m going to review the iPhone 3GS camera and its video capabilities, something that I feel should be talked about more.

The iPhone 3GS Camera is 3MP vs 2MP in the iPhone 3G

All this talk about “OMFG, the camera only increased by 1MP? It must suck!” is a fair assumption since we have been brainwashed to believe that the higher the megapixel count, the better quality photos on your cellphone camera. The iPhone 3GS proves that it’s not all about the megapixel race, but more about using quality optics.

This Little Camera Packs a Punch: Autofocus Helps Bring Out Better Photos

The new autofocus feature lets you pick any area of the screen to focus in on. The camera does this very effectively and can result in some pretty nice pictures with decent bokeh for a camera phone. It also helps when shooting up close for macro photos.

The downside is that there is still no flash for the camera. I am not really a big fan of flash photography anyways, so I don’t mind not having flash. If I’m in a situation that is really low light, I most likely would have my dSLR and a prime lens. Even in low light, pictures are still distinguishable. It’s a CAMERA on your cellphone folks, if I wanted to take real pictures I’d bring my digital camera!

Here are some sample pictures I took using the autofocus feature:

Focus point is in the middle on the budding flowers, notice the background slightly blurred (click for a larger size):

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These pics were taken by users at MacRumors and clearly show the autofocus feature:

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The iPhone Camera Now Has Macro Capabilities

This was a problem the previous iPhone cameras had–anything remotely up close would be blurry and indistinguishable. Well, that has all changed because the 3GS macro shots are pretty cool. Check out the following pics of my MacBook keyboard…the pictures are literally night and day!

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How Does the iPhone 3GS Video Perform?

Take a look at the following video that was taken with my iPhone 3GS, and uploaded directly to YouTube from the phone itself. During the upload process the video is compressed, after which you then fill out the video description details and away you go. While you’re uploading a video, you can still multitask as it will upload in the background!

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When I mentioned it was easy to upload, YouTube reported that uploads went up 400%:

In the last six months, we’ve seen uploads from mobile phones to YouTube jump 1700%; just since last Friday, when the iPhone 3GS came out, uploads increased by 400% a day.

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So there you have it. The improved camera on the iPhone 3GS and video capabilities work hand in hand with the hardware upgrade. Publishing videos directly to YouTube has never been easier from a cellphone! The quality is pretty decent and frame rates are excellent. The 3GS is going to take “local reporting” to another level, just wait!

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  • Guest

    Quality in the iPhone 3GS camerea has improved and I like! πŸ˜‰

  • Guest

    Quality in the iPhone 3GS camerea has improved and I like! πŸ˜‰

  • Dusty

    Quality in the iPhone 3GS camerea has improved and I like! πŸ˜‰

  • Alex

    Well, well.. Looks like the new features actually work properly, which is awesome. However, my Rogers 3-year contract ending in 2 years is not. Still have to wait another year to update πŸ™

  • Alex

    Well, well.. Looks like the new features actually work properly, which is awesome. However, my Rogers 3-year contract ending in 2 years is not. Still have to wait another year to update πŸ™

  • Alex

    Well, well.. Looks like the new features actually work properly, which is awesome. However, my Rogers 3-year contract ending in 2 years is not. Still have to wait another year to update πŸ™

  • Alex

    Well, well.. Looks like the new features actually work properly, which is awesome. However, my Rogers 3-year contract ending in 2 years is not. Still have to wait another year to update πŸ™

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • ML

    You don’t. Call Rogers and say that you’re moving to Fido. They will do everything to keep you, including coming up with a great plan. If it doesn’t work, then move to Fido and you won’t have to pay any penalties to break your contract. And, uhm, Fido has better plans.

  • Cody

    The new camera also has auto white balance πŸ˜‰ there is another feature hidden in there, but I really can’t remember what it was.

    Listen to this weeks MacBreak Weekly and Scott Bourne mentions it.

  • Cody

    The new camera also has auto white balance πŸ˜‰ there is another feature hidden in there, but I really can’t remember what it was.

    Listen to this weeks MacBreak Weekly and Scott Bourne mentions it.

  • Cody

    The new camera also has auto white balance πŸ˜‰ there is another feature hidden in there, but I really can’t remember what it was.

    Listen to this weeks MacBreak Weekly and Scott Bourne mentions it.

  • Cody

    The new camera also has auto white balance πŸ˜‰ there is another feature hidden in there, but I really can’t remember what it was.

    Listen to this weeks MacBreak Weekly and Scott Bourne mentions it.

  • Dude

    Seriously? They won’t hit you with a penalty if one moved to Fido??

  • Dude

    Seriously? They won’t hit you with a penalty if one moved to Fido??

  • Dude

    Seriously? They won’t hit you with a penalty if one moved to Fido??

  • Fraser

    Wait a second “Ò€¦the pictures are literally night and day!” So you mean you took one during the day, and one during the night? That is hardly a fair comparison then is it?

  • Fraser

    Wait a second “Ò€¦the pictures are literally night and day!” So you mean you took one during the day, and one during the night? That is hardly a fair comparison then is it?

  • Fraser

    Wait a second “Ò€¦the pictures are literally night and day!” So you mean you took one during the day, and one during the night? That is hardly a fair comparison then is it?

  • Fraser

    Wait a second “Ò€¦the pictures are literally night and day!” So you mean you took one during the day, and one during the night? That is hardly a fair comparison then is it?

  • Fraser

    Wait a second “Ò€¦the pictures are literally night and day!” So you mean you took one during the day, and one during the night? That is hardly a fair comparison then is it?

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

  • Tiger

    The word ‘literally’ is too often misused. Not to bash on Gary, but if ‘the pictures are literally night and day!’ then it would mean that one picture is actually night and one is actually day. which would mean both pictures are not of a keyboard at all.

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  • Lmao you guys are awesome !

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  • I meant to say the differences between the pictures are like night and day πŸ™‚

  • I meant to say the differences between the pictures are like night and day πŸ™‚

  • I meant to say the differences between the pictures are like night and day πŸ™‚

  • I meant to say the differences between the pictures are like night and day πŸ™‚

  • I meant to say the differences between the pictures are like night and day πŸ™‚

  • I must concur. I have been very impressed with my Fido 3GS camera!

    Overall this has been one of the best upgrades of any device I’ve owned.

  • I must concur. I have been very impressed with my Fido 3GS camera!

    Overall this has been one of the best upgrades of any device I’ve owned.

  • I must concur. I have been very impressed with my Fido 3GS camera!

    Overall this has been one of the best upgrades of any device I’ve owned.

  • I must concur. I have been very impressed with my Fido 3GS camera!

    Overall this has been one of the best upgrades of any device I’ve owned.