YouTube is reporting that in the six days following the launch of the Apple iPhone 3GS, the number of mobile video uploads increased by 400%.
According the YouTube Blog, over the last six months the number of video uploads from mobile phones to YouTube has jumped 1700%.
The impact of the new video recording, editing and uploading features of the iPhone 3GS on YouTube emphasises the significance of the new iPhone in the competitive smartphone market.
Key to the iPhone’s popularity as a handheld video recorder is likely to be the ease with which video can be trimmed, uploaded and shared online using its touchscreen interface, plus its speedy OS 3.0 software. The downsides of the iPhone’s video and camera functions are the lack of any optical or digital zoom, and the absence of a flash.
Although smartphones are ideal for short video clips, for anything longer than a few minutes, or for recording in HD quality, a dedicated camcorder gives far more professional results in terms of picture quality. Which? has reviews of over 40 HD camcorders.
Which? has also taken a first look at the Samsung i8910 – the world’s first smartphone to record 720p HD video – and there are also expert reviews of more than 170 other mobile phone handsets.
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