When Apple introduced the new iPod Nano in September I wanted it for one reason only, and it was for its camera with the video filters. I know it’s corny to want an iPod for that sole reason, but there wasn’t anything else really compelling about the new iPod Nano. I mean it has the same features that the previous Nano did, with the exception of the FM Tuner, and a slightly larger screen.
After Christmas I had a little spending money, so I decided to go ahead and get one. When I got it, I played around with the video camera, and I have to say I was really impressed with it. I took a video of my son in my office, and the video came out really good. I was expecting a lot of noise and graininess, but the video was pretty clean. I have added the video at the end of this post, as a sample of the quality.
The video camera has sixteen different video filters. Out of those my favorite one is Cyborg. It resembles what the Terminator sees. I like how in the filter the scope will capture an image and then place it in the left had corner and pretend to run a scan on the image. What would be a nice added feature is if they added sound effects. I could probably do that in iMovie.
I used iMovie to capture the videos I took, the process was extremely fast and simple. I then exported the video to YouTube from the share feature in iMovie. The upload process to YouTube was actually the longest part of this process.
Overall, I am very happy with this iPod. It somewhat duplicates my iPhone, but the video camera makes up for that. I would recommend this to anyone who wants an inexpensive iPod that they can play around with the video camera and it’s many different filters.