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Smartphones are making standalone video cameras obsolete.With many phones packing 1 GHz processors, you can now use your phone to crunch out gorgeous HD video, upload directly to YouTube, or share on your social networks.
So which smartphones are great for video? Read on to find out.
Samsung's Android offerings: Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant, Epic, and Mesmerize are all essentially the same phone with slightly modified shells. That's good news because it means almost anyone can take advantage of their hardware no matter which carrier you use. They all have variations of the following features: HD recording, HDMI out, and easy uploads to YouTube.
Our favourite of the bunch is the Captivate. It can record 720p video and stream to your DLNA devices.
If you're looking for a Windows Phone 7 device with powerful video recording, check out the LG Quantum. It records 720p HD video and you can stream your content to a digital media receiver on your home network. No need for wires. That's pretty cool.
Overlooking the $549 sticker shock, the Nokia N8 is one of the most powerful smartphone media producers available. It has everything: A 12 (!) megapixel camera, 720p HD video recording in 16:9, HDMI out, scene settings for balancing light, editing software, Flash playback, and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound on your home theatre. All of that in one package is far beyond any other video-capable phone out there.
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