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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Mechmess, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Mechmess

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    I have had this phone for about a month now and love every thing about it! Or so I thought- I had originally just taken pictures with my Inc and loved the 8mp camera's quality... it was giving me great shots. However, when I went skiing this weekend, some friends and I tried to get some videos of us and I have to say- the video/audio recording quality sucks! The video is washed out, grainy, and the audio sounds like it was recorded through a tin can. It may just be the 3gp codec it is using but man, for a camera that takes such great stills- the video recording feature sucks.

    Does anyone think there any chance that the rumored 720p update will aleviate this problem or will we just be served more crappy video, just at a higher resolution?
     

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  2. xkingofgodzx

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    720p is supposedly coming with froyo. Also just a side not did you make sure you put the video quality setting to as hogh as it goes? That will make a huge difference.
     
  3. Jofaba

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    Can you show the video you got? Most video I've seen captured with the incredible is pretty decent.
     
  4. Emoney53

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  5. Emoney53

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    Double post
     
  6. Ovy

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    that seems... too good. most cell phone 720p recording is choppier than that. lies! my pessimism will not allow me to believe it...
     
  7. mrspeedmaster

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    I think it is horrible quality. Colors are over-saturated.The exposure just too dark and not uniformed.

    The audio is the same low quality as the EVO 9 khz using the AMR codec. Unless they fix that, it still going to sound like a tin-can that the OP mentions.It could be 1080p but that audio will kill it.

    This is just one video so I can't come to a definite conclusion. But, one thing for absolute certainty, the audio is horrible.
     
  8. Blacklight82

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    I think that video looks great. True that it is a little too saturated but that's how I prefer it.
     
  9. yojoe600

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    i think you people have forgotten this is a phone not a camcorder its not gonna be the best video no matter what but it gets the job done
     
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  10. mo25

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    Where the hell did you go skiing in the month of JULY?!!?! :eek:
     
  11. Terabethia

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    Personally I thought the 720p was pretty damn impressive.

    Of course, I also have this silly thing called "reasonable expectations" when it comes to devices. This is a phone first and foremost. It may do lots of other things, but you will find better options of each of those things individually.

    I would never expect my phone camera to out preform my Canon Powershot. Ain't going to happen. Just like the video recording will never beat out my Camcorder. These are just useful features that are nice when you don't have the real equipment handy.
     
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  12. Terabethia

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    July of 2009 I was able to go skiing.

    Granted, I was at the Swiss Alps, but still :D
     
  13. mrspeedmaster

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    I'm gonna disagree when the competition has upped their game.

    Also, when HTC promotes the (this particular) phone as a Paparazzi, glitterati moment capturing device, they drew the line in the sand. Then, they even go further and go all the way to have a contest for you and your lucky 4 friends in Vegas to take pictures/videos for the HTC paparazzi, they set-themselves up for the fall. You see the press materials, and the 8 megapixel promotion for this phone? Young clubbers in night-clubs with camera flashing away. They're making the association that this camera can perform in low-light (in THOSE conditions).


    HTC Mobile Phones - DROID INCREDIBLE Verizon - Overview

    I'm just gonna quote them on this..
    You should see the contest, the advertising when this phone launched.
    It isn't just HTC. Even the way Verizon promotes it:
    source: http://www.verizonwireless.com/droid-incredible-htc.shtml

    Note. I didn't make up the word Paparazzi. It is in their marketing materials. Also note the usage of "Amazing camera that happens to be a phone"
     
  14. Mezmryz03

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    That's all just marketing, and they all do it. I put to much stock in that. Although, I do think that the video quality above is great for any phone. Audio may not be great, but it's a phone not a boom mic. The DrInc is still a pretty amazing piece of hardware and software.
     
  15. Excedio

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    I'm going to agree that the video recording left much to be desired. However, I will state that I did not have the camera set at it's best settings. I was recording at 640x480 instead of 800x480. I'm currently uploading the video I recorded to YouTube (with some edits done to it using OpenShot). I will post a link to it here when it's completed so that you all can see it for yourselves.

    EDIT: Scroll down for video.
     
  16. necosino

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    My girlfriend and I have made many films that came out just fine. As stated, this is a phone, not a dedicated camera/camcorder.

    And no, I won't be uploading them, lol.

    Sent from my HTC Incredible using Tapatalk Pro.
     
  17. Jofaba

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    Here's video from my aria shot indoors. Yes, I know the song is stupid but it was a suggestion by youtube when I uploaded it and I thought it was pretty funny when I was drunkenly uploading it last night. THIS video sucks. It's one of the main reasons I want to upgrade to the Captivate.

    YouTube - June 30, 2010 6:24 PM
     
  18. MisterMixelpix

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    Speedmaster, you're just being a whiner at this point. You're looking at a video that's got crazy good quality for a camera phone and nitpicking it in ways that would ONLY be valid if the device was a dedicated camera. And then you quote the PROMOTIONAL material as though those were legally binding claims? Come on.

    The Inc's camera kicks ass for a phone, but if that 720p vid isn't good enough for you, buy an actual camcorder.
     
  19. Excedio

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  20. NoNoBadDog

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    If you were shooting outdoors in bright snow, that is a challenge for any camera. You should have adjusted the metering pattern and the ISO of the camera to give you the best results under such difficult circumstances.
     
  21. Terabethia

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    To be honest I never saw any of those. Not sure how I missed them... but I did.

    Either way, if I DID see them I would have probably just laughed. Those sorts of claims are pretty much Marketing 101. I don't care what they say, a camera phone is NOT a camera. I know better.

    I also know enough to know that 8MP doesn't mean crap when it comes to cameras. I have seen 5MP camera's outshoot 8MP ones. I have seen 8MP ones outshoot 12MP ones. Megapixals mean very little, they are not important unless you are blowing the photo up to poster size. The REAL important things on a camera are zoom, shutter speeds, optical sensor size, ISO, etc.
     
  22. contagous

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    Awww shucks :(



    Amazons are totally cool Parrots :)
     
  23. smurfe

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  24. contagous

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    I defo agree the sound is bad, I mean unless they really sounded like that lol, which i'm 99% sure they did not...

    If you had your video quality higher I don't think it would be as bad,

    This is one I recorded a while back, and the video I think its pretty good for a phone, We just need to find a way of recording higher rate audio... 9k just doesn't cut it...

    YouTube - HTC Incredible Video Test at Shilshole Bay Marina
     
  25. Sk1pp3r

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    Wait how did they get 720p recording on the incredible? I know the sensor is capable, but is this a test product or is it rooted? Please tell
     

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