Video recording is also available on the HTC Amaze 4G, with up to 1080p HD resolution. Hold down the small shutter button with the red line on it and you'll be instantly in video recording mode, differentiated by the red on-screen button (still mode has a shutter icon).
Unfortunately, even at the highest "Full HD" record setting, HTC has dropped the ball here. Videos we recorded exhibited a lot of noise and pixelization that had us longing for our iPhone 4S.
We wouldn't call HD video recording on the Amaze completely worthless, but we've seen better results on low-end Flip camcorders.
Likewise, audio recorded with video is tinny and lacking midrange and bass. The Amaze 4G defaults to recording stereo audio – which even few pocket camcorders offer – but we turned it off immediately because it created a bizarre pulsing noise in our videos. Video recording can also be done with one of six effects ranging from Grayscale to Aqua, but as usual these are more gimmicks than anything else.
The Amaze 4G also displays remaining recording time when switching into video mode, and includes the usual array of auto focus and auto white balance options (white balance can also be manually selected via Settings).
As mentioned earlier, the volume rocker doubles as a digital zoom, but we'd recommend skipping it entirely since it's simply enlarging an otherwise subpar image.