iPhone 3G - What no Video Recorder?

by Sachin Balagopalan on June 11, 2008 · 20 comments

Well someone has to play devils advocate to the much touted iPhone 3G announcement on Monday by Apple and it might as well be me. Don’t get me wrong I mean this thing is awesome and I’ll be one of the folks standing in line on July 11 as I bequeath my 1.0 to my wife :) . Mashable has a great post today that talks about “the really big thing”. It’s not the fact that it’s GPS enabled (a lot of other phones and devices are) but the difference is we now have a robust SDK and a slick UI framework which no doubt will spawn a slew of third party location based applications - like Loopt and CitySense mentioned in the Mashable post.

The thing that bums me out is the fact the new iPhone lacks a video recorder. Streaming live video from any location is a huge deal IMO. Websites like Quik allow you to stream live video from your phone and share it with your friends. With a video recorder and live streaming social networking can be taken to a whole new level. Location based applications like Loopt and CitySense can integrate live video into the social graph in addition to text and images. Nokia N95 is currently the most popular phone with a video recorder and some of the A-Listers like Om Malik and Robert Scoble use it extensively for interviews and live streaming. I think Apple definitely needs to incorporate video recording into the iPhone at some point to close the loop so to speak.


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Dr. Tim Martin 06.11.08 at 5:17 pm

And what about Voice Dialing? Another “must have” that wasn’t offered with this 3G release. Apple must get on the stick here and bring their product up if they seriously want to compete with the other guys. We need video recording now as well as voice dialing. Where’s the zoom so needed with the camera?

Can any of these be third party apps? The guy or group who develops a voice dialer or video recording app will become a millionaire very quickly.

Sachin Balagopalan 06.11.08 at 6:28 pm

Dr. Martin - I agree. However if the core framework does not support either voice dialing or video recording we’re out of luck as far as 3rd party apps implementing those features.

Robert Dall 06.12.08 at 3:58 pm

Ok so you are playing a little devils advocate here, but come on this is a huge update for any phone maker.

th3g1vr 06.12.08 at 8:36 pm

lol it’s funny how ignorance can skew views :-) *note including myself if applicable*
Yeah guys though for the record:

1. The iPhone is video-recorder capable, in fact anything with a *digital* camera is, with a bit a tweaking. Whether or not it can video-record is not hardware, but software. That’s partly why adding the capability to phones and digital cameras hasn’t jacked up the price so much.

2. There are about 3 or 4 iPhone 3rd party video recorder apps available, and at least one of them is fully featured with sound, youtube direct upload, and a host of other useful features. naturally I got that one, even if I did have to pay:

note- at least for now you have to jailbreak to get it, but jailbreaking is sooo worth it IMO. I recommend ZiPhone:

other video recorders (albeit incomplete in feature/buggy):

and I think there’s another one…

3. I don’t think even iphonevideorecorder is making *that* much money, b/c (a) a lot of competition and (b) not enough demand. + lots of hacking and cracking going on too (although, oddly enough, I paid for it :P

Tyler 06.12.08 at 9:57 pm

Well if you check Kevin Rose’s twitter you’ll see that Quik is apparently building an app for the iPhone that will enable support so before we get too stressed about this wait for the slew of apps to come out in the next couple..

Sachin Balagopalan 06.12.08 at 10:41 pm


You’re right - Ignorance can skew views - you included ;) . I wonder how many “average” Joe’s and Jane’s will want to tweak and hack and jailbreak an iPhone so they can enable video recording? There is a difference between video-recorder capable and actually having it work out of the box. Also I was hoping it would be a core feature rather than a 3rd party implementation - like GPS is. Let the 3rparty developers build apps on top of the core functionality.

However I do agree w/you that it’s a software issue rather than hardware.

Sachin Balagopalan 06.12.08 at 10:46 pm

Tyler - Thanks for that. I’ll check it out. I kinda had a haunch that Qik was working on it :) but wasn’t sure.

Renton Mason 06.16.08 at 9:57 am

Wow, that’s a downer. I would at least expect it to have one this time around.

Mairona D. West 06.16.08 at 1:21 pm

Maybe they don’t want to release a phone with complete features because it will just kill their future sales. Also, locking it to at&t makes it harder for people to purchase this product.

confused!!! 06.23.08 at 11:49 am

all i wanna know is …. is there a way to transfer files via bluetooth in iphone?

th3g1vr 07.19.08 at 7:47 pm

Sachin Balagopalan@ “You’re right - Ignorance can skew views - you included ;)

I never said I wasn’t included, I was merely expressing amusement while citing the comments of this post as an example. Although I won’t deny that, at least with respect to iPhone video recording, there are definitely some more ignorant that I am. :P

th3g1vr 10.21.08 at 11:46 am

although this post might be long dead anyway, I thought I might point out (for all that might visit and actually get this far down in the comments :P) if there’s ever going to be a video phone that’s actually integrated into the phone instead of a limited-feature app, Apple will have to make it- when they released their SDK they intentionally left out a whole lot, possibly most of the code for the core system– well it’s not like Apple’s just doing this for their own security though (although they seem to have done that since the beginning, thanks to Steve Job’s pride in the beauty of his work) but also so that hackers/script kiddies, cyber-criminals and cyber-terrorists, aren’t able to easily access core functions easily (though that’s just speculation on my part)

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