Smartphones,Tabs Vs Camcorders – are the tabs eating into Video camcorder market?

Smartphones, Tabs Vs Camcorders – which is best for video recording and overall convenience? What prompted me to even more to think about this was the recent visit to Universal Studios in Singapore for Christmas.

There are plethora of Smartphones, tabs offering HD recording these day and most of the people carry it anyway for a variety of jobs they do. During the boxing day in the Universal studios I saw at least couple of dozen people holding their small and large size phones, tabs across their faces (and blocking view of people behind them) to do video recording.

Are the tabs upto a certain level of HD quality picture yet? Or is it just a case of people getting tired of too many things while on a holiday and would rather prefer a tab only to serve all their needs – Camera, Camcorder, Mobile, HD Video recorder and a screen to play the video back.

Looks like there are people who think so.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Video Recording Specs:

Smartphones offer resolution of of 1920 x 1080. E.g. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 filming is very easy and the sound quality reproduction is fantastic as well. It has the Anti-Shake mode.

All in all, smartphone HD video camera is quite good.

You  get 16/32/64GB storage built in, but you can also increase that up by another 64GB. Especially with HD quality Video recording, you need the memory expansion capability.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 1080p video camera sample

Samsung Galaxy note ii Video Specs:

  • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
  • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
  • Full HD(1080p) Playback & Recording

Samsung Galaxy note ii Audio Specs:

  • Codec: MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB), MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack

Samsung Galaxy note ii Memory:

  • 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
  • microSD slot (up to 64GB)

iPhone 5 Video recording Specs:

Screen’s 16:9 aspect ratio is taken into design consideration. The video you’re recording will fill the screen totally and all your controls will appear as transparent buttons. This is so that you can see everything that’s being recorded.

iPhone 5 camera quality:

iPhone’s FaceTime camera now records in 720p HD video.

Check out this iPhone 5 Video Test Sample – Full HD 1080P of a Manhattan Skyline

Smartphones Vs Camcorders Low-light video recording:

In this case, dedicated Camcorders perform much better than the Smartphones/Tabs.

Now take a look at Panasonic HC-V700 camcorder that costs $499.00

Panasonic HC-V700 HD video sample

Panasonic’s HC-V700 is a powerful HD camcorder. It does not have a viewfinder, no lens ring or a control dial. But it has excellent video performance, and a good auto mode for beginners.

Panasonic offers two versions of the HC-V700: one comes with 16GB of internal memory (the HC-V700M) and one comes without any internal memory (the HC-V700).

[HC-V700] SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
[HC-V700M] Built-in Memory (16 GB), SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card

F1.8 (WIDE) / 3.5 (TELE)

Optical  zoom: 21 x

Focal length: 2.82 – 59.2 mm

Overall I think the Smartphones,Tabsvideo quality is excellent while there are some areas to improve in terms of lens etc. HoweverSmartphones,Tabs offer great convenience while on a holiday. So, in the Smartphones,Tabs Vs Camcorders debate, there is no doubt that Smartphones,Tabs are inching towards a more “integrated” solution to the users and offer a fantastic one stop shop solution for all their holiday needs.