May 01 AT 6:58 PM Taylor Wimberly 11 Comments

Record And Share Videos To YouTube With The T-Mobile G1 (VIDEO)

After months of patiently waiting, the Android 1.5 Cupcake update has finally begun rolling out to T-Mobile G1 customers.  We reported last week that the new version would include a video recorder with support for uploading your videos to YouTube.  It sounds like a cool idea, but what is the video quality like?

We asked some of readers to send in their videos and you can find the results below.  As you can see, the video quality is decent.  However, the frame rates are low and the picture quality really suffers in low light situations.  Basically, it looks comparable to the cheapest webcam you could find at Walmart.

Seeing how this is a new feature that did not originally ship with the phone, it is a welcome addition.  Hopefully the performance can be tweaked over time.  We have seen improvements to the camera and I expect we will have some apps in the market soon that improve upon the default video recorder.

There is no doubt that the camera is one of the G1′s weak points.  Some might excuse it, but we deserve more from high end phones.  Thankfully, we have quite a few Android devices hitting later this year that will address this issue.  We also have high hopes for Sony Ericsson with their 12.1MP camera and LG with their 120 fps camera.

If you would like to share your G1 video uploads with us, please post a comment below.

Every G1 owner now has a YouTube account.

Every G1 owner now has a YouTube account.

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  • Ricky

    It’s not that bad.
    I have my Flip Mino so I don’t really care. ha ha.
    I’m so jealous that all these people have the 1.5 update but I don’t. :\

  • Duke

    Did All Of These People Have The Dev 1 Phone??

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Most of them are normal users. The new update started rolling out the other day and it will take several more days to reach everyone.

  • Jackson H


    Wrong, wrong, wrong. Only dev phones and hacked phones running a rom that identifies itself as a dev phone (e.g. a JesusFreke release) are getting the update right now. No unhacked regular G1′s are getting the update yet.

  • Duke

    Yeah Thats What Ive Noticed Only Dev Phones Have Been Getting It… Damn Got Pretty Exited Till I Stared To Notice That… Well Its Going To Be A BIG Change So Its Worth The Wait I Guess…. -.-

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  • Demi Adejuyigbe

    Not a big fan of the camcorder. I mean, it’s useful for those quick moments when you see something and don’t have a better method of video capture, but it’s not fantastic quality.

    YouTube uploading is definitely appreciated, though.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I’m still playing with it, but I think the quality will improve over time. Maybe we should do a post with tips on improving the video quality.

  • Gammax

    i been able to do this with my ocean for yrs, but I still cant wait for my g1

  • maximosis

    I am totally loving the cupcake 1.5 check out this video I recorded yesterday with my G1

  • Eks

    Does anyone know if I can play videos from my g1 onto a tv using regular rca audio/video connection to the tv.