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After getting the Samsung Epic 4G Touch (that's Sprint's Galaxy S II) on launch day, I had to quite conveniently leave on a planned trip to the wine country half-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. During this trip, I took this sample video in 720p HD resolution to test the Epic 4G Touch's camera performance I've heard so many great things about from everyone outside the U.S. Considering our review of the E4GT is lacking a video test, I thought this post would be the perfect follow-up.

What can I say?.. The SGS II's camera blew me away - the photos were nice, but the video clarity and 30fps smoothness, even when quickly panning around which I tried to do in the beginning, absolutely knocked it out of the park. The quality is so good that I just had to share - perhaps it'll aid your decision if you're still on the fence about buying this beast.

Without further ado (switch to 720p and view in Chrome for best experience):

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P.S. The camera is capable of 1080p video - I used 720p as I found it smoother and less space-hungry.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Mesmorino

    Until the phone's battery life can compete with a dedicated camcorder's you'll continue to need one Artem. Sorry to disappoint you :p

    Having said that, that is a pretty sweet video camera.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Not when I always have this with me. ;-]

      Plus, most videos, at least the ones I take, are between a few minutes to maybe max 15 min long. The SGS II is perfectly good for all of my needs, and the needs of most people.

      The only exception would be trips, but that's where the Power Core would come in.

      • Michael

        I create entire movies in one show with my phone :P

    • Brandon

      That's why they make innocell extended batteries.

    • Brandon

      I love this phone. Bought mine early Friday morning and haven't put it down since. Just switched over from the EVO 3d and I must say that I'm very impressed. Super light, fast, and the display is incredible! I still can't get over how big and crystal clear the screen is, I'm happy to have switched from htc to sammy

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      This is not the iPhone. Since batteries are user replaceable, I take three batteries with me when I intend to shoot a lot of video.

      Battery life is not an issue when one can replace the battery.

  • Joris

    Will it be available in all of Europe?

    • Tee

      To be honest, never this one. But Samsung Galaxy S II has been here since last spring...

      • Joris

        Yeah, I know the Galaxy S II has been here for quite a time now, but I was wondering about the Epic 4G.

      • Brandon

        True, but not with the big screen and new design.

  • Matt

    Makes the bionic's camcorder look like garbage

  • Ezzy

    Colors are a bit washed out (not that much), which is strange since the pics from the SGS2 are very saturated. But the quality is very nice. I swapped from the Nexus one to this and was pleasantly surprised (stability could be better, it seems to reboot few times a week). I photograph a LOT with my phone since it's always with me, so this is a nice bonus.
    The mic could be a little less sensitive, couldn't stand the noise levels at a concert I was at. Same thing plagued the SGS1 as well.

  • http://www.nerdscafe.net hubdawg

    Women and wine always make for excellent viewage !

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    Phones with cameras like this are the reason Flip cameras don't exist anymore.

  • Devin

    Does it have optical zoom? If not, I'm not throwing my camcorder away yet.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, that it doesn't. If you use zoom a lot, a dedicated camcorder would always have this feature compared to phones.

  • wraedeohed

    Does anyone know where to get a decent case for this phone?

  • ZeroX

    I can't even take video with this phone it freezes everytime I try. Any tips on fixing it?