The SGS3 with MSM8960 also captures 1080p30 video, just like the Exynos 4412 based international SGS3. I captured videos at 1080p, 720p, and with image stabilization turned on at the usual test location, and like normal uploaded a copy of the video to YouTube, and our servers for you to download without the transcode.

The USA SGS3s encode video at an even higher bitrate than the SGS2. It’s 17.0 Mbps H.264 high profile CABAC with 1 reference frame. For comparison, SGS2 was 15 Mbps high profile SGS2 was actually 17.0 Mbps as well. Audio is 128 kbps 48 kHz stereo AAC. The 720p video encode paramaters are a bit lower, at 12.0 Mbps H.264 baseline, with the same audio settings.

1080p30 Bench Video
720p30 Bench Video
EIS Enabled - 1080p30 Bench Video

Last time around, SGS2 was among the best, if not the best, for video encode. The SGS3 is likewise using the best encode settings I’ve seen thus far at 17 Mbps high profile. Best of all, the SGS3 doesn’t drop any frames from what I can tell, as the end FPS in MediaInfo was exactly 30, and watching the videos I don’t see anything dropped. It’s curious to me too that this is being done (as far as I know) on the MSM8960 when partners like HTC are still using 10 Mbps baseline on their highest end products and dropping frames.

The other things worth mentioning about video encode is that the 1080p mode without anti shake now uses the full field of view of the sensor in the horizontal direction. This is a big improvement over the center crop modes I see a lot. If you turn anti shake on, you do appear to lose some pixels around the edges (which is expected, probably 16 or so in x and y). Unfortunately, the EIS mode appears to be severely glitched, producing very shuddery video which jumps around as EIS works. I’d keep this turned off until it gets fixed.

Left - still shooting mode (16:9 6 MP), Right - video capture (1080p) with same Field of View

Inside the video capture UI everything is pretty much the same as the still image capture UI. What’s worth mentioning is that like the One X, SGS3 has a capture button which enables you to save full size 1080p frames while capturing video. My favorite new feature is suble - after tapping to focus once while video recording, you’ll get a box with AF in brackets.

Tapping on this stops CAF (continuous auto focus) from running, effectively giving you an AF lock. This is super useful as I often read many complaints about the breathing effect that CAF adds to video capture while it runs - hold this down and it won’t run until you release it - a very useful feature if you’re serious.

Camera - Stills Display Analysis - 4.8" HD SAMOLED


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  • ervinshiznit - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    On your SGSII review you say that it had 17 Mbps 1080p video recording, not 15 Mbps as you state in this article. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    Oh weird, I didn't go look at what I wrote before but went off of what I heard at some point from a Samsung rep said. Fixing...

  • vol7ron - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    3rd paragrah threw me off.. "I was sampled" Reply
  • vol7ron - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    err 4th Reply
  • Zoomer - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    Do you have any insight on why Samsung chose not to go with a pentaband design like with the SGN? Personally, that's a bit of a deal breaker. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    The T-Mobile variant is pretty close, it's just missing 900 MHz WCDMA (eg GN is 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz, T-Mo SGS3 is 850, 1700, 1900, 2100). Other than that, the device will work on AT&T and T-Mo, if you can snag an unlocked one.

    Or are you talking about GT-I9300 (the canonical SGS3)?

  • 3DoubleD - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    Can you name the models in the review using their model number. You say SGSIII USA, but there are 4 models total and 3 of those are being carried in the US. Calling it T999, I747, I535, and I9300 is much more straightforward and avoids a lot of confusion. Also, if Samsung doesn't want to be embarassed by their terrible naming, they can pick better model names.

    Thanks for the speedy review. I didn't expect this review for at least a few more weeks. Thanks a million!
  • Brian Klug - Monday, June 25, 2012 - link


    AT&T: SGH-I747
    T-Mobile: SGH-T999

  • Zoomer - Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - link

    Are you certain that it supports Band I when it's doing AWS? It seems to be a common theme among other phones. Reply
  • sunbear - Saturday, June 30, 2012 - link

    If I can unlock a tmobile device, would it work on AT&T's LTE, or would it be limited to to HSPA+? Reply

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