Sample video taken with Dell Streak rear camera


The Dell Streak's 5-megapixel rear camera is capable of recording video at VGA resolution . . . and unfortunately it doesn't do it very well.

Camcorder settings include 4x digital zoom (you can't adjust the zoom while you're recording), automatic and night setting, white balance options (automatic, sun, fluorescent, incandescent), adjustable brightness and contrast, flicker adjustment (automatic, 50Hz, 60Hz), video format (MPEG-4, H.263), and resolution (176 x 144, 320 x 240, 640 x 480), but the resulting video quality just isn't impressive.

To show you what I mean, I took a ~20-second VGA video with the Streak yesterday under what I would call pretty optimal conditions (outdoors, natural sunlight) and uploaded the unedited clip to YouTube directly from the device. Lower your expectations and have a look below.

You can download the original video file here to view it without the YouTube compression.

The subject matter is boring, I agree, and the video quality isn't horrible or unwatchable, but compared to all the phones with video recording up to 720p, the Streak's camcorder just isn't good enough. It's better than nothing and would certainly do in a pinch, but I don't plan on using it for anything other than more video tests for this site.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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