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My phone specs say front camera does 720p max. Open Camera is able to record 1080p. For real?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by catchingup, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. catchingup

    catchingup Member
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    This is interesting. New BLU Vivo X5 phone with android 9.

    The spec sheet on my phone says the 8mp front camera only records in 720p maximum, and the 13mp rear camera records 1080p.

    In the stock android camera app, it truly limits me to 720p from the front cam, and 1080p from the rear cam.

    I found that very odd, since it's an 8mp front camera.

    I installed Open Camera, and it is able to record 1080p from the front camera. I have verified it.

    I'm not sure if it's 720p upsampled to 1080p, or if it's true 1080p.
    The video quality definitely looks sharp enough, so it might be true 1080p.

    But I'm wondering if the stock camera app was purposely soft-limited to 720p, and the 8mp camera was capable of 1080p recording all along?

    What do you guys think? Are all 8mp phone cameras capable of recording in 1080p?

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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Open Camera has a range of resolutions available for both cameras and for stills and video. I don't know what settings your phone's stock app has, but have you looked to see whether it's got other options? The default video option may not be the highest resolution it's capable of (especially if it has to reduce the frame rate in order to increase the resolution).

    Any 8Mp camera has enough pixels to record 1080p. Whether it has the bandwidth to do so is a different question. I'd not myself make any assumption that all such cameras can do it, since 8Mp is only one part of the hardware spec.
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  3. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Hmmm, maybe check your sources, according to Blu's site your X5 should be able to provide 1080p@30fps for both the main back and selfie front cameras:

    Regarding that limitation in the default camera app, obviously there's a discrepancy between the actual hardware and the app Blu has provided. But outside the default camera apps in flagship models from Google or Samsung (that might involve proprietary tie-ins), just personally I've found Open Camera to be a better option most of time anyway. It has a really expansive feature set so you have a lot more customization and optimization options.
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  4. Eric Harper

    Eric Harper Member

    No, it varies by maker and version. It will come down to trading one or the other for added performance or features. Checkout github for your device and find the packages apps and settings platform and click on commits, as you scroll you will see where these things are switched back and forth or changed becuase it did not work the way the DEV intended. Hope that helps
  5. Eric Harper

    Eric Harper Member

    https://github.com/androidtrackers/certified-android-devices.git 530 something commits in there, you should be able to find commits and changelogs for your phone

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