If you’re an iPhone 3Gs owner who’s been experiencing iPhone-4-HD-Envy, gather ’round, and prepare to be blown away.
A self-labeled “CG Generalist/Photographer” by the name of Mike Pan has devised a way to shoot near-HD quality video on his jailbroken iPhone 3Gs! No Joke! …at least, I HOPE it’s not a joke. By making a few small changes in a plist (preference) file, Mike was able to nearly double his iPhone camera’s resolution from 640×480 to 1080×800! Sick! Check out the embedded sample video below.
Couple this higher resolition with a fancy grip like the Owle Bubo, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an video camera upgrade.
We’ve known for a while that the 3Gs chip could support higher resolutions (here’s a FastCompany article from June, 2009), but this is the first time we’ve actually been able to shoot higher resolutions.
Mike explains the entire process on his blog. But Redmond Pie goes one step further, making the update even easier with screenshots and pre-patched, downloadable files. That said, I noticed a few comments on this YouTube page that seem to suggest it might be better going with the manual process described on Mike’s blog. Naturally, you always run risks when jailbreaking or modifying your iDevices.
I’m about to sell my iPhone 3Gs on ebay, so I can’t easily test this out. If you try the patch, please share your experiences in the comments below. (If you’re interested in my 3Gs on ebay, I’m selling it with a bunch of extras right here)