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

App and Photography Editor at iMore. Mother, wife, and math instructor. Follow her on Twitter @llofte and send her apps to consider for review at iosapps@imore.com

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jonar1us says:

i thought we were able to switch from the front to back cameras while recording video?!

Xanadeath says:

Unfortunately, you can't switch cameras while you are actually recording video..

Duvi says:

Pretty darn good.
@jonar1us You can switch in FaceTime, camera and video recorder.

Duvi says:

Ohhhh... I read it wrong. Didn't realize he meant while recording.

fastlane says:

The 30 fps is fantastic. Can't wait to try it out at The Booby Trap.

ChodaBoy says:

My kind of girl. Tripod beside the bed and DSLR on the dresser. ;-)

alabare says:

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

Drew says:

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?

Tmoyes says:

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

petaf says:

What a cute dog, Leanna! Methinks you woke her up. :)

Gcurrent says:

Yup, can't wait for a flashlight app that utilizes the LED light.

rgar3388 says:

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.

commo says:

Whoah, Leanna, you got a miniature schnauzer, so do I. They're awesome dogs

Lequang242 says:

Wow! 720p. Like clean your room by 7:20pm?

iArnie says:

Great test. Thank you. And even if you weren't moving, I wouldn't judge your bedroom.

Dozer56 says:

She needs to clean up and decorate. Hang a picture or something!!

kayno says:

need I ask what that tripod is really used for?

Jt says:

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

Chobbs11 says:

Looks good! I am pleased with the camera!!!

BillyB4 says:

Cool. Can't wait til July 14th when they send me my iPhone 4.

CJ says:

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.

AVCr8teur says:

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.

TechExecs.Net says:

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?

Usamuchi says:

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 ?



Dani says:

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.