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Old Sep 2, 2010, 3:21 PM   #11
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APPLE has provided this video sample shot with an actual iPod "TOUCH."

http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/featu...recording.html

APPLE claims this is "unedited."

I must say it looks quite nice.
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Old Sep 2, 2010, 3:25 PM   #12
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OK... here's a thread on the APPLE discussions forum suggesting that the specifications for the still photos might be incorrectly listed by APPLE's marketing:

http://discussions.info.apple.com/th...93947&tstart=0

Some individuals are insisting that they've been told by APPLE telephone representatives that the forward-facing camera is a 5 mega-pixel camera just like the one in the iPhone 4.

I suppose we'll find out the truth soon enough.
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Old Sep 2, 2010, 3:52 PM   #13
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I can see a new Ipod Touch in my near future! Lovin' it!
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 10:44 AM   #14
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OK... here's a thread on the APPLE discussions forum suggesting that the specifications for the still photos might be incorrectly listed by APPLE's marketing:

http://discussions.info.apple.com/th...93947&tstart=0

Some individuals are insisting that they've been told by APPLE telephone representatives that the forward-facing camera is a 5 mega-pixel camera just like the one in the iPhone 4.

I suppose we'll find out the truth soon enough.
I think you mean rear facing, but we'll find out eventually.

Here is a wired article:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/...ouch-camera-2/

If it really is a 960x540 sensor then Apple are yet another who are getting into the interpolating scam since that's not even as larger as the 1280x720 it outputs.
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 1:38 PM   #15
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From the thread referenced by the link I provided earlier:

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so, i just spent about 30 minutes with the Apple Tech support for iPODS/Touch, and after they checked at length with several experts at their end, they were able to ASSURE ME that the OUTWARD-FACING camera is indeed a 5MP sensor! YEAH!
So, it would seem they're talking about the "forward" facing -- as opposed to the "rear" facing -- camera, no?

Whatever.

What I find puzzling about 960 x 720 is the fact that the video-recording component is capable of 1280 x 720 -- unless -- as you suggest they *might* be interpolating.

(I've always wondered if Aiptek, Sanyo, Kodak, etc. have been interpolating all along.)

But let's assume the video-recording portion of the camera is recording a true 1280 x 720 image. In that case, the still image recording *should* be much higher. Just about every HD camcorder/camera combo released to the market to date features a sensor that can generally snap photos that feature a far higher frame size than the frame size of the accompanying video.

So it's puzzling.

If the 960 x 720 specification is accurate, then my next question would be:

"Will APPLE release updates that will increase it?"
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 2:08 PM   #16
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Just re-checked the iPhone 4's specifications.

It appears the "forward" facing camera of the iPhone 4 only snaps VGA (640 x 480) size photos. The "rear" facing camera does the big ones.

So perhaps you're correct; those who were talking about the "TOUCH" had it backwards.
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From the thread referenced by the link I provided earlier:

So, it would seem they're talking about the "forward" facing -- as opposed to the "rear" facing -- camera, no?
To me an outward facing camera implies the one pointing 'outwards' from your face as against the one facing inwards towards you.

Anyway it becomes pretty obvious what he is talking about in the context of the whole thread and what he says further down:

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on the other hand, the outward-facing camera claims "720p-HD video." and what i struggled with here is how a sensor that is capable of HD video can only capture a 1MP photo, as some have suggested here. that just does not seem consistent to me.
Yes generally inward facing cameras don't need to be high res as they are meant for video conferencing.
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 2:20 PM   #18
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Some more on the Ipod Touch Camera:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/bac...mera-rear-mic/
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 2:32 PM   #19
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Thanks for the links.

Interesting stuff, for sure.

I think I'm going to wait until I can get my hands on one of the new iPod "TOUCH" models that will soon be on display in the local APPLE store.

That's the only way I'm going to know what's for real and what isn't.

Everything to date has been too confusing.
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Here's a "hands-on" review:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/...new-ipod-touch

So this confirms the "rear-facing" camera is the high-definition, 720p video camera and, unfortunately, this "rear-facing" camera is also the one that shoots 960 x 720 still photos.

The "front" facing camera records VGA (640 x 480) photos and videos.

Until something comes along to disprove this, I'm going to assume it's accurate.

The photo portion of the camera seems a bit disappointing, but we'll see.
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