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iPhone 3GS Gets HD Video Recording Hack

One of the new features that Apple introduced in the iPhone 4 was HD video recording, allowing users to capture 720p video from their handsets. It's a great new feature, but hackers have found a way to enable that feature on the iPhone 3GS.

It seems that iPhone 3GS with its similar CPU and GPU has enough power to pull HD video from the 3 megapixel sensor in the main camera.

Those who have iPhone 3GS and are adventurous enough to jailbreak and dive into the system files can turn on video recording at 1080×800 at 30fps at up to 20Mbps, which is a huge jump over the default 640×480 at 3Mbps.

Check out Redmond Pie for the procedure if you want to get some new tricks from that older iPhone.

  • icepick314
    25 to 1 Apple will release this as a $20 update...
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  • SneakySnake
    there has never been a paid iPhone OS update so I highly doubt it. 99% of iPhone users won't know this hack exists so it's of no concern to apple
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  • wotan31
    Why bother? The optics are tiny plastic garbage on almost every phone I've seen, including the iPhone, and every Android device I've seen too. Megapixels means absolutely nothing without good optics. Like those 8 and 10 megapixel point-and-shoot cameras - completely pointless. An old 5 megapixel DSLR will take better photos than a 10 MP point and shoot.
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  • gmarsack
    wotan31Why bother? The optics are tiny plastic garbage on almost every phone I've seen, including the iPhone, and every Android device I've seen too. Megapixels means absolutely nothing without good optics. Like those 8 and 10 megapixel point-and-shoot cameras - completely pointless. An old 5 megapixel DSLR will take better photos than a 10 MP point and shoot.Agreed. It's funny to see new camera's sold with 10+ MP for 200 bucks or less when it's all about the lens itself. People play the number game and think their getting something when they're not.
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  • alidan
    wotan31Why bother? The optics are tiny plastic garbage on almost every phone I've seen, including the iPhone, and every Android device I've seen too. Megapixels means absolutely nothing without good optics. Like those 8 and 10 megapixel point-and-shoot cameras - completely pointless. An old 5 megapixel DSLR will take better photos than a 10 MP point and shoot.
    that may be true in most cases, but you have to look at it this way.

    dslr costs a crapton, regardless of how old, except when they are so old that the mid range consumer grade take better pictures. now here is the thing. allot of cameras and camcorders are take absolute crap video. if the camera is moved at all, the video blurs to no end, forcing you to use a tripod if you want anything half way decent.

    however with the new wave of hd on cellphones, they aren't taking half bad shots.

    and so you know, give a pro a disposable camera and he can take a great shot, give an amateur a top of the end, and they cant take anything worth saving. its all about how they are used.
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  • rantoc
    Now Steve is going to get mad, he was planing it for the Iphone8 after milking a ton of other minor changes revisions!
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  • darkwingz24
    +1^ It frustrates me to no end when people complain that the phones 'only' have a 5 MPx camera! Seriously? That's already overkill. You're just filling up your storage with sensor noise at that point. Please... Better optics > more Mpx.
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  • sudz
    I've installed it. a 20 second video was over 50mb... but is a noticeable improvement. Darkness is slightly better as you have more resolution... so the dark smear of grain is actually visable as an object. :-)
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  • victorintelr
    Next news: the iPhone 4 is almost a iPhone 3GS but with a different case called "You are Holding it Wrong!"
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  • vittau
    darkwingz24+1^ It frustrates me to no end when people complain that the phones 'only' have a 5 MPx camera! Seriously? That's already overkill. You're just filling up your storage with sensor noise at that point. Please... Better optics > more Mpx.Yup, it seems people love to get scammed with these things. Just like the, now defunct, video-game bit wars and the GHz wars...
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