will the new operating system update enable HD video on the 3gs?

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  1. splatt macrumors member

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    Just wondering if anyone knows whether or not the new operating system update enable HD video on the 3gs iphones?
     
  2. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    I'm going to be the nice guy and just say "definitely not".

    Though you should brace yourself for some harsh posts to follow... things like "a software update cannot change the quality of the camera".
     
  3. mike4 macrumors member

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    A software update cannot change the quality of the camera. :p
     
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    I was going to say this. . . :)
     
  5. splatt thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll just pretend that you didn't ask the question. :rolleyes:
     
  7. splatt thread starter macrumors member

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    why?
     
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Technically the 2G's camera could do video recording, it just wasn't very good at it. Software can't fix everything.
     
  9. burnside macrumors 6502

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    It's like asking a Ford Focus to hit 200 miles per hour just because you filled it up with premium gas.
     
  10. splatt thread starter macrumors member

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    Based on the articles I linked above it seems like a better analogy would be that it's like removing a speed governor from a car so that an engine that is perfectly capable of attaining 200 mph is allowed to do so.
     
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Hardly the same. A ford focus could hit 200mph if it was the right model.

    I understand the ops reason behind the question as one of the previous posts points out. Apple is known for limiting previous models to force a sale.

    Os4 dosnt unlock hd recording though.
     
  12. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    The reason people give you a hard time is because, every time a new OS is released, posts show up here asking questions like this. And the answer is always no. Yes the camera on the 3GS does 3 MP, but that's for still photos, and the hardware as a whole package (the camera, the circuitry that processes the video, etc.) cannot handle HD, or it almost certainly would have come with that function from the start. And most companies, Apple included, aren't in the habit of adding major new functions to existing hardware for free when they have new hardware to sell. They are already adding multitasking which is more than most companies would.
     
  13. PNutts macrumors 601

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    I think that's going to be the most hilarious thing I see today.
     
  14. Mark Booth macrumors 68000

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    Yes! Just like connecting a Blu-ray player to your 27" CRT TV turns it into a 70" LCD HDTV!

    Isn't technology wonderful?! :rolleyes:

    Mark
     
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    Somebody can't let things go.... The answer to your question is still no though xD
     
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    Bazinga, you showed him/her replying 4 1/2 months later.

    Spring, say hello to Fall.
     
  19. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    Your iPhone 3GS sucks, get over it. [​IMG]


    In all seriousness, you would need a whole new camera sensor.
     
  20. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    Apple want you to buy an iPhone if you want HD video recording. It's as simple as that.
     
  21. splatt thread starter macrumors member

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    Sure, I understand that apple won't do it because it's a feature of the new phone. This was a response to the people who said that it wasn't possible to do this via software changes.
     
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    Because it was a dumb question
     
  24. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    One thing you'll notice is that both videos don't have a lot of relative action going on: the first video is a verrrrry (one would say deliberately) slow pan, and the second confies the action to a small area on an otherwise fixed position.

    So, this kinda reinforces what we already know: underpowered video encoders work just fine if you're locking down your iPhone in a fixed spot, or are moving REALLY slowly. But it's going to look bad if any action is involved.

    This is another example of HD video on a 3GS iPhone. The first scene has tons of rolling shutter artifacting which he glosses over by artificially speeding up the video in post. And then you'll notice in the following scenes that even though this guy too, was careful to keep his motions smooth and slow, you'll see lots of jaggedness and dropped frames in the action. Which I guess is fine for some people, but when you think about it, it kinda takes away from it being HD video... what good is HD if the action is that rough and jagged, either skewing and wobbling due to rolling shutter, or the frame rate being so erratic?


    Then I guess you had the answer to your own question, even before you started this thread.
     
  25. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

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    Lol.

    The only way a ford focus would hit 200 mph is if you dropped it out of an airplane
     

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