iPhone 4 features: Using LED flash in low light video

The new iPhone 4 is equipped with a much improved 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities. In addition, there is a built-in LED flash to help in low light situations. We have put the camera and the flash to the test in almost every way except when using the flash to illuminate a poorly lit room while recording HD video. That is, until now!

I have recorded a quick video to see just how well LED flash works in combination with the video camera. As expected, the light does not make much of a difference on items more than a few feet away; but for objects that are close, the little light does an excellent job.

Have you tried your iPhone 4 LED flash out yet? How's it working for you?

Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

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iPhone 4 features: Using LED flash in low light video

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Has there been any information on why the regular camera can zoom but video can not? Haven't seen anything anywhere talking about this.

Does it just automatically record in 720 or does settings have to be changed? I haven't seen any settings so I'm guess it just records 720 but I want to make sure. Anyone know?

One unadvertised use is to use this light as an emergency flashlight. Works pretty well. Wonder when someone makes an app with it

I just realized you could carry around a flashlight or a keychain light tonact as your led flash. Luckily I'm the proud owner of an iPhone 4. But just a tip for all owners of previous models.

Panties in film at 1:48.
Great video test. Thanks for putting this together for us.

Ha! I used to date a girl with a tripod in her bedroom. She liked to make a whole bunch of homemade movies that I wouldn't necessarily want to end up on the internet....at least the ones with my face in them.

Just purchased a red iPhone 4 case and now everytime I use the flash, the pictures have a red tint. I think all the cases will have this problem because the opening next for the flash is too small. Will have to perform minor surgery on my case.

Can you shot (using LED) in a semi dark environment and do a test on the 720p Video plus some one speaking. What about shooting yourself, can the camera switch to on yourself?

All my photos which I took with flash on at night have a bright flare cone shaped at the left upper edge of all photos . I'm not using a phone skin or case by the way . It's either the flash is too bright or I believe because they placed it too close to the camera . Any advise Plz ?

When you're recording a video, you should still have the little button in the top left corner that lets you turn the flash on and off. Exactly the same as when you take a picture using the flash.