Comparing the iPhone 3GS Video

After finally acquiring a shiny new iPhone 3GS, I started playing around with the new camera and video features. Rather than talk about it, I thought showing the video on a number of different online services would better illustrate it. So this is handheld iPhone 3GS landscape video shot while driving over the newly opened Golden Ears Bridge at dusk (approximately 9:30pm):


This video is the full trip across the bridge…once home, I pressed the ‘Send to YouTube’ button on the iPhone and it compressed and sent it to YouTube as you see above.


I trimmed the video down to 1:30 on the iPhone using the new trim feature. Flickr seemed to handle the video just fine.


Note there is no sound on Vimeo…this is probably a codec issue that I’m sure Vimeo will fix very soon.

Both Flickr and Vimeo were manual uploads of the same source file so in theory they should be higher quality than the YouTube version since it was compressed on the phone before upload. I also tried MobileMe but couldn’t get the video to playback properly from my account, as well, there is no embed option on the video there so I’ll keep trying to play with it.
Trimming video
So far, I’m very happy with the camera/video upgrades the 3GS has – I’d probably upgrade just for those alone, nevermind all the other new things I’m still exploring on the phone. I can’t wait to try more things with the new camera!


  1. VancityAllie says:

    I can’t believe you have the new one already…

    I don’t have an iPhone but I’m constantly amazed by the quality of images and videos it puts out. Thanks for sharing!

    • John says:

      That’s how I roll ;)

      The video mode alone killed off the need of Flip style camcorders…while not HD, it’s most likely always with most people. Hopefully Apple enables the 720p HD chipset inside the 3GS…if so, it will be game over for a lot of HD cams too.

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