Hack The Nexus 7 To Shoot 720p Video

When you get a Nexus 7, the quality of the camera probably isn't your top concern. But, if you want your device to be the best it can be, you'll have to hack the camera to shoot at a higher resolution. The enterprising folk over at XDA Forums have made life a little easier in that department.

Out of the box, the Nexus 7 will only shoot video in 480p, but the device can support 720p shooting at a hardware level. So why doesn't it?

New Zealand developer hillbeast -- also the mastermind behind the hack -- says that Google simply just didn't tell the device how to shoot in 720p. Strange.

From the video hillbeast has posted, it seems to be working a treat, too.

Nexus 7 video at 480p:

Nexus 7 video at 720p:

Works a charm. [XDA Forums via Lifehacker Australia]



    I hope that Google sees this article or the forum thread, and makes the necessary improvements.

    How very strange. Why do you think Google would do this? Already forwarded this article to the people I know with a Nexus 7!

    There may be any number of technical reasons, could be to limit file size, high resolution video may affect performance to much, or the sensor may over heat causing permanent danage. It certainly won't be that google "forgot".

    Hmmmm - so now you can use your Nexus 7 as a 720p video camera .... without a viewfinder! (Remember - there's no back-camera on the Nexus 7 - only the 1.2 Mp front-facing camera.)

    OK, it's strange that Google / Asus didn't enable this, and it's cool that somebody has found a work-around, but I'm not sure I'll be using this much!

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