Apple iPhone 4S Camcorder Review

The Apple iPhone 4S is the first phone from Apple to offer Full HD 1080p video recording.

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Video recording features and capabilities are rapidly improving on cell phones, and the new iPhone 4S is the first iPhone from Apple to include a Full HD 1080p record mode. If you're in the market for a new camcorder, going out and buying the iPhone 4S is probably not the brightest idea—the phone is way more of a monetary commitment than your average budget camcorder. But, if you already own the phone, it may be perfectly suited to fulfill all your video needs, thus making the purchase of an additional camcorder unnecessary.

That's the exact point of this review: to give you a better idea where the iPhone 4S stacks up against similar ultracompact camcorders. By the way, if you're curious about the phone's still image performance, check out the full-length iPhone 4S review at our sister-site,

The iPhone 4S is available in black or white and with three different amounts of internal memory. A $199 model comes with 16GB of internal memory, for $299 you get 32GB of internal memory, and the 64GB model costs $399. All these prices are contingent on signing a two-year cell phone contract with AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. Apple also sells "unlocked" versions of the phone that aren't tied to a specific cell phone carrier for an additional $450 (for a total of $649 - $849 dollars per phone).

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color Performance
  4. Low Light Performance
  5. Motion Performance
  6. Sharpness Performance
  7. Ease of Use
  8. Handling
  9. Controls
  10. Recording Options
  11. Hardware
  12. Other Features
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  15. Apple iPhone 3G S Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Photo Gallery