How to enable 720p recording on the Nexus 7

How to enable 720p recording on the Nexus 7
One of the more consistent points of disappointment for users with the Nexus 7 is that there is no rear camera. There isn't a lot to fault with Google's tablet, but this is one of the more voiced troubles. The tablet does have a front camera, but that has its limitations, at least according to the Jelly Bean software. 

Apparently, XDA developer hillbeast found that the limitation was in software only, which makes sense. The front camera is 1.2 MP and can provide HD video for Google+ Hangouts, its just video capture through the camera app that has been held back for some reason. Hillbeast has taken it to task to fix that limitation, and has been successful. Of course, the demo videos should prove why Google may not have wanted people to be recording much with a front-facing camera - it must be awkward to record scenery when the display is facing away from you.

In order to make this work, you'll need to modify "/system/etc/media_profiles.xml" with some code, as well as install a camera app to your tablet. If that doesn't sound like too much work to you, you can get the instructions and files you'll need at the source. And, below are the sample videos, the first in 720p and the second in regular 480p. 

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I wonder why they limited it... Even though it has no rear camera, you shouldn't really limit the other capabilities of your device.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

since it's a front facing camera which is mainly for video call use, I'd say it was to limit bandwith use. Do you really want to see how fast you can chew an internet plan up with a 720p video call? lol.

6. andrewlg1990

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

You heard of Wifi?

7. Yositokotukukita

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

As far as I know the Nexus 7 is only WiFi so not much sense in your comment about eating yout internet plan...

9. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I agree with remix considering a lot of internet providers cellular or not are switching to data thresholds.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I'm enjoying mine, running JB4.1.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Same here

5. andrewlg1990

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

You two must feel really special or something cause it ships with Jelly Bean 4.1 so every Nexus 7 owner has it, people these days smh

8. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I'm enjoying it on my Transformer Pad 300 lol.

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