When Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus back in October, last year, many were disappointed to hear that the phone only has a 5MP camera. Yes, the Galaxy Nexus 5MP camera has Instant Capture feature, which snaps a picture as soon as the on-screen shutter button is pressed, but it still does not make up for the lack of a poor camera sensor.
If the still imaging quality of the Galaxy Nexus is poor, its video recording capabilities are even more disappointing. It records 1080p full HD videos at 24fps at a mere 8Mbps bitrate. Other handsets like the Galaxy S2 record 1080p videos at a whopping 20Mbps! There is no reason why the Galaxy Nexus cannot record videos at a much higher bitrate like all other dual-core powered Android smartphones. The phone is more than capable of recording 1080p videos at a much higher bitrate.
It was however a matter of time before the folks over at XDA forums took things in their own hand, and made sure the Galaxy Nexus made full use of its 5MP camera.
Remember the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit from XDA moderator’s mskip that allows you to root, unlock the bootloader on your GN, flash a Custom recovery and much more in just a few simple clicks? Last weekend, he updated his toolkit to add a new Camera mod that brings about noticeable improvement in the quality of videos recorded from the handset.
The mod improves the video quality recording by bumping the bitrate of recorded videos to a whopping 50M at 1080p, along with increasing the audio bitrate to 128kbps stereo sound. I tried the above mod on my Galaxy Nexus, and could definitely notice an improvement in the video quality of the handset.
Sadly, the fps of the recorded videos still remains at 24fps. Before installing the mod, a 46 second video took nearly 65MB on my GN. After installing it, a 46 second 1080p video shot from the phone took a whopping 253MB of space on my handset. The mod also reduces jpeg compression to 0 on still images, thus reducing the overall noise in an image. The increase in image quality is not that noticeable though.
Interested Galaxy Nexus owners can install this mod by using the Galaxy Nexus Toolkit. The Camera mod option is located under Phone Mod (Option 18), and users must have root access on their handset along with a custom boot image or a custom ROM flashed on their handset.