How Technology has Improved the Video Cameras on Mobile Devices in 2016
With an ever-increasing number of people choosing to use mobile devices such as smartphones to capture videos it is no surprise that it is one of the areas that has seen a seemingly never-ending stream of improvements. In fact the video cameras on mobile devices today are almost unrecognizable compared to what they once were and 2016 has seen a number of notable improvements in their technology on several fronts.
The most noticeable change in video camera technology this year is probably its wholehearted embrace of 4k video. Most of the flagship smartphones and high end tablets released this year come with video cameras capable of recording videos at 4k resolution.
That being said the big difference often comes when you factor in the frame rate of the cameras too. While many of the newer mobile devices have cameras that can capture 4k at 60 frames per second – some default to lower resolutions at that rate. Also when going above 60 fps (to 120 or 240) for slow-motion videos the resolution often dips lower still, with the better cameras being able to capture 120 fps at 1080p Full HD.
In short while 4k video has definitely arrived – it is important to look at it in context of how you expect to use your camera with regards to its frame rate. Already there are some cameras that are pushing past 4k to higher resolutions, but for now 4k remains the resolution to shoot for – no pun intended.
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
Going back just year or two it was practically unheard of for mobile devices to include optical image stabilization – and most of the video cameras only had digital stabilization instead. The difference between the two may not be immediately apparent, but essentially optical stabilization adjusts the lens directly to compensate for movement, whereas digital stabilization attempts to do the same on a software-level.
In less technical terms, optical stabilization basically does what digital stabilization does – but better. Now that high-end devices are starting to include OIS it should translate into less ‘shaky’ videos as well as an overall improvement in quality because the cameras compensate for even imperceptible movements.
Although still far from universal, the fact that OIS is being rolled out in some devices is a huge improvement in its own right. For the time being it is likely to remain exclusive to flagship devices – but eventually it should start to trickle down into the mid-range devices as well.
While dual tone LED flash technology is not new and was first rolled out several years ago, it has taken time to come into its own. However more and more manufacturers have started to incorporate their versions of the technology in smartphones this year – albeit some refer to it by different names.
Basically a dual tone LED flash consists of two sources of light with different temperatures that can be balanced against one another so that it fits better with the ambient color when acting as a light source. With a better balance the video that is produced using this type of flash is generally more vivid – especially in conditions with poor lighting where the extra brightness can help a lot too.
Odds are there will be more improvements on the horizon as far as the flash is concerned. Some of these improvements may help to enhance the white balance, while others may focus on providing increased illumination.
With all these improvements it should be clear just how much better the video cameras on 2016’s mobile devices are. However technological improvements only go so far and at the end of the day it still is helpful to be able to tweak and edit your videos after the fact. If you’re using an Android device then one of the easiest ways to get into Android video editing is with the help of Clip&Go.
Simply put Clip&Go is an intuitive app that will let you quickly and conveniently edit your videos directly on the Android mobile device it is installed on. The features that it provides will enable you to merge video clips, trim out any unnecessary content, include background music, arrange the sequence of clips in a video, and then save the final result in portrait, landscape or square format depending on your needs.
Effectively that should allow you to create some nifty little video clips – or even longer video montages if you so choose. All that you need to do to get started is to head over to Google Play and download Clip&Go.
Considering its free you really should try it out so that you can put it to the test and see how much it helps you to come up with more impressive videos.