Friday, January 22, 2010

iCamcorder vs. Qik Video Camera

Okay, There's a few Video Camera Apps available on the iTunes music store that gives you the ability to record video on the iPhone 2G and 3G models. I decided to put the two I found best to the a head to head competition. The 2 apps are iCamcorder for iPhone 2G/3G now with Zoom and Effects! and Qik VideoCamera - 15 FPS, Zoom+Effects! Both are .99 cents on the app store.


iCamcorder offers Greyscale, Old Movie, Invert Colers, Motion Trails, and Bloom. However you can't see the effects in real time while you are recording.
Qik offers Black and White, B&W and Red, Mirror Horzontal, Mirror Vertical, Color Game.
I like the available effects of Qik better then with iCamcorder. Qik also lets you view your effects in real time!

Winner: Qik

iCamcorder offers a zoom button that can be pressed after you hit record allowing 1x, 2x, and 4 x.
Qik offers a slider for the zoom which is accessed in real time offering 1x, 2x, 4x, and 8x.

Winner: Qik

Other Quarks:
iCamcorder lets you toggler on/off Resolution, Quality, and Record Audio. Which lets you have a better frame rate with more things switched to off. I found that the video's were useless with anything switched off.
Qik gives you a slider for a flash which gives the video more or less exposure.

Winner: Qik

Frame Rate:
I tested this by recording a Frame Rate Video on my screen with the apps. With an advertised 15 Frame Rates per second from Qik, it seemed to me that iCamcorder had a better recording since the line running through on the video stayed pretty close together while the line from the Qik recording moved apart so much to where you can see 3 lines at the same time from the one scan line.

Winner: iCamcorder

The Qik apps easily takes the win with 3 out of 4 points. However if you plan to record just basic video's in good lighting, iCamcorder seems to have a better Frame rate.

I'll keep both apps on my phone for now and keep you updated on which one gets the boot. =)

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