HTC Titan HD video recording hands on and compared to the Omnia 7

One of the main differentiating feature of the HTC Titan is its new 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor. Thanks to the MSM8255 SoC the device is now capable of shooting 720P videos at 30fps (25fps for the 1st gen Windows Phone 7 handsets).

So how do the videos look like ? Well, I shot two of them on the Titan and the Samsung Omnia 7 both at the same time so you can directly compare them. The first thing you will notice is the higher frame of the Titan video and its higher level of motion blur which seems to be caused by a slower shutter speed. This results in a steadier video shoot compared to the Omnia 7′s jerky mess. The only downside of the Titan is th super slow auto-exposure control which can be really annoying in some situations(the Omnia 7 colors are more natural). Both camera also have continuous auto-focus (it’s a hit-or-miss feature as you can see sometimes both devices have a hard time focusing depending on the lighting situtation.). As of right now the HTC Titan features the best camera that HTC has ever packed in a one of their handsets. The 720P videos shots on the HTC Titan are btter than the 1080P ones shot on the HTC Sensation. For you information the the First HTC Titan is 75MB while the Omnia 7 is 45MB (the Titan encodes at 10Mbs and has 5 more fps while the Omnia 7 encodes at 6Mbs). Check out both videos after the break and tell me what you think and if you want me to show you anything else.

UPDATE: I’ve posted a comparison of both device’s screen outdoors here.

  • alex milevski

    How would the 720p of the Titan compare to the Samsung galaxy s2 1080p?

  • moonman

    Filming towards the sun is never a good idea. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Lol @ Hello Kitty. But the HTC Titan video quality is clearly superior to the Omnia 7. However, the sound may be a little skeptical. In the second video you couldn’t hear anything from the Titan.

  • BucksterMcgee

    That just reminded me, I swear I heard that the Titan was getting a firmware update soon that would allow 1080p video recording.

  • Rafael Muñoz

    I actually think that Omnia 7 camera, with the framerate of the Titan, would look simply better. The focusing inside the car is better, and better colours. So I think the improvement into the HTC camera is not thanks to the camera itself but to the phone’s hardware.

  • MobileTechWorld

    Yup, Samsung always had better cameras anyway. I’m willing to bet that the Focus S will be better than the Titan too. The Titan’s sensor is really good and the only F2.2 besides the Nokia N9 but it’s the dodgy optics and drivers/software that HTC employes that are always disappointing.

  • MobileTechWorld

    The MSM8255 “officially” can’t encode or decode at this resolution so I would be surprised if this happened. Do you remember where you saw that ?

  • MobileTechWorld

    I’ll shoot other videos showcasing the Stereo recording of the Titan.

  • MobileTechWorld

    Overall the SII is better but a bit jerkier.

  • Anonymous

    I suppose we’ll see the difference between the Titan and the Focus S soon enough!

  • Brian H.

    I just wanted to thank you for the best comparison review. Not only did you help me see the quality of the video, but you saved me money.