Frontfacing camera battle Samsung Galaxy Nexus at 720p vs iPhone 4S

first_imgOf the many things that are said about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Nexus, possibly the single most highly criticized feature is the camera. In a world where competing devices like the iPhone 4S and the HTC Rezound are coming in at 8 megapixels for the rear facing camera, the Galaxy Nexus sports what many considered to be an out-of-date 5 megapixel model. The counter argument is always the same — that it’s not the size of the megapixel rather the quality of the optics that matter. And as the Galaxy Nexus release date gets closer, we’ve started to see that the cameras on the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S really aren’t that different. But what about the other camera, the front-facing one, on these phones?As Google Hangouts and FaceTime start to grow in popularity, that front-facing camera’s quality is going to mean a lot more to users. With that in mind, I’m  a little puzzled as to why Google and Samsung have yet to tout one of the more “breakthrough” features of the Galaxy Nexus. Apparently, this device doesn’t just have a great front camera, but one of the first to shoot in 720p.HD cameras on smartphones aren’t a new thing, we’ve seen them on smartphones for a little over a year now. As the next wave of smartphones come out, we’ll be seeing more 1080p or “Full HD” cameras entering pockets. For the FFC, however, the best we see is usually shot at a 640×480 (VGA) resolution. For example, take a look at the video of the iPhone 4S we have here…Now, what happens when that resolution jumps from 640×480 to 1280×720? Geek.com’s own Sal Cangeloso loves spinning in his chair so much, he grabbed this video with the international version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus…The 1.3 megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the VGA camera on the iPhone 4S both do a great job recording video, especially with so much movement going on all around. When you video chat with someone who is using a smartphone, there’s probably not going to be a huge difference. However when you attempt a FaceTime or a Google Video Chat with someone on a larger screen, especially an HD screen, the difference will be pretty clear.last_img read more