Let me tell you about what Motorola has going on with their two latest devices, the DROID 3 and the PHOTON 4G. More specifically let me tell you in text what's going on with the PHOTON 4G because I've already recorded a video of what's going on with the camera on the DROID 3 [full review available here on Android Community] and you can see that below for yourself. Both cameras on these mobile devices are essentially the same, slight details moved around between the two but the same new elements in place. On the Photon 4G, which you can see a full review of early this morning both on Android Community and SlashGear, there are three pieces of new functionality, two of which are utterly awesome, that make its camera unique.
The first of three new features is a mute button - right there on the screen for when you're recording film and you want to stop your sound recording for as long as you like. Ever been at an event like a rocket launching and the sound is so deafening that your microphone would never be able to pick up anything distinguishable anyway? Tap that mute button and you're good to go. Next is the lamp. Just as easy as it is to tap the mute button, you can tap the lamp button and your two LED lights on the back of your device will be lit up as long as you like.
This means that the lights on the back of your device that are normally reserved for flashing during a photo (or lamping if you've got a lamp app outside the camera) will now be able to be used as a flashlight inside your recording of a video. Finally, there's a manual digital zoom. This isn't especially helpful as zooming in this way only serves to pull your same sized screen off the viewer and not technically zooming at all, and that's completely lame save for you WANTING to do such a strange thing, but it SEEMS cool anyway.
And that's just the beginning! Check out how these elements work aside the new photo gallery on the DROID 3 in this demo video:
Then check out this example video recording from the DROID 3:
Then check out this example video from the PHOTON 4G: