Why talk about it, when we can just show you? OK, so we'll talk about it a little bit. It turns out the Nexus 7 can shoot 720p video from its front facing camera. It's pretty cool --, and the fine folks over at XDA Developers are to thank for bringing this little nugget to the world's attention. But, is it really that useful? Maybe, maybe not -- that all depends on your particular outlook and potential use case for such a thing. But, 720p is 720p. It still isn't the greatest quality video in the world though, but enabling the feature isn't all that difficult. 

So, the first way is the XDA way. One of the devs over there discovered that the camera natively supports shooting at 720p, but that Google left out the media profiles that allow its functionality. To enable it, there's some modifying of xml files required, and the full details can be had over at the source link below. 

But, some of us are lazy. So, there is another way. An application in the Google Play Store called Camera JB+ has just received an update that enables the functionality. It's a paid app, and costs £1.49/$1.99 and is essentially the stock Jelly Bean camera app, but with some added tweaks and is available also on ICS. The same developers brought us a similar app previously based around the ICS camera. With this, no modifying of anything potentially scary is involved, and when you open up the camera app there is a option sat waiting for 480p/720p video recording. 

We might want it, simply because we can have it. But then again, if you do happen to record yourself using a front facing camera from time to time, it might well be a welcome modification. Whether you choose the lazy way -- like a certain Android Central author -- or the nerdier way is entirely up to you. 

Source: XDA Developers

There are 11 comments

jimj21 says:

Just did this using the copy-paste of the new code method for both video and time-lapse video. Works well.

ungibbed says:

My BlackBerry PlayBook can capture full 1080p. HD nose hair cam?

blipp says:

i think that xda thread also just has a flashable zip that you can do in cwm instead of going into xml files and changing stuff

etnpnys says:

Do you need to be rooted for the Google Play app to work?

tmaze says:

No, it doesn't have to be rooted.

phor11 says:

I wonder why they wouldn't just enable this natively.
Can anyone think of any reason why they might have wanted to stick to a lower res?

Cigar-Junkie says:

The only reason I can think of for lower res is to make video chat less data intensive.

gagb1967 says:

Useful or not, it's done for the Same reason why we added a ffc to the original Vibrant, and another thousand things that are done by the developers, its just beacuse we can do it! NO other reason needed

fbales says:

What would be useful is an 8mp+ camera on the back! That there's not one is a deal breaker for me. Plus a lack of microsd slot. Yeah, I get it, it's not made for guys like me; it's made for people who like iPads & Kindles, but for crying out loud, don't turn Android into iOS. Google could at least make a more expensive one with the missing options for guys like me.

bgeery says:

Does anyone know if this makes it possible to now scan 2d barcodes with learnpad scanner?

mcleodglen says:

While software usually can benefit from improvements, it'll always be limited by hardware. If your camera is crappy you should probably get a better one