How to improve video recording with your Google Nexus 4

How to improve video recording with your Google Nexus 4
Nexus 4 might be many things, like the best value-for-money Android proposition right now, but camerawise it's not the sharpest tool in the shed, given that LG had skimped on the 13 MP unit gracing its more expensive Optimus G brother, and, overall, quality camera modules are not what LG mobiles are known with .

With a little bit of Android skills you can up the bitrate of the video recording from the Nexus 4, thus improve the quality of the footage you capture meaningfully. The mod is basically similar to what a lot of Nexus 7 users have done, and requires root access to change the files.


So far, so good, this gives you 20Mbit encoding, which is much better than the 12Mbit default value, but makes the video files larger, of course, so if you are space-tight, have this in mind.

Alternatively, you can just try a dedicated app like lgCamera from Google Play, which lets you change the bitrate, but also has many other adjustments that delve deep into the manufacturer's settings. We managed to set our office Optimus G to 60fps Full HD video recording at 20Mbit with it, for example, and you can find the app in the source link below, along with the XDA-Devs thread for manually fixing the bitrate.

source: XDA-Devs & lgCamera (Google Play) 

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh

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7 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Thank God for flexibility (Android)... But i'll save this page and refer to it when i get a Nexus 4 :)

2. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This camera app is sooo much better then the stock one on the Nexus 4. It gives macro shots the clarity and sharpness I've been looking for. Thanks PA

3. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

wait it takes up more space but you can't expand memory..... no thank you

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you could just offload the videos to your computer. You dont need to store every last one of them on the phone.

5. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Phonearena : please do not say that optimus g takes better pictures that Nexus 4, Optimus g with 13MP camera sucks and MP do not matter that much. And Nexus 4 has a very high network speed so you can upload the pictures to Dropbox.

6. starandmountain

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

can you guys also try something like this on the note 2?

7. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

can i just get this phone ship to my place alrdy!! been waiting for lk 4 weeks alrdy

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