The video recording specs on the Palm Pre 2 are modest at best, with 640 x 480 VGA recording in MP4 your only option. So how does it look?
It's very good! Notwithstanding the lower resolution, we're quite impressed with what the Pre 2 has captured here, with one major caveat.
What's up with the drastic change in colour temperature five seconds in? It totally changes how everything in the shot looks, and it's quite disconcerting. We know we went closer to orange artificial light from blue sunlight, but the phone didn't need to make the shift quite so severe.
The 30 frames per second recording speed and 3.7Mbps bit rate combine to produce video that's actually quite detailed and smooth (don't let our jumpy movement holding the camera fool you, breaking it down frame by frame reveals a massively impressive lack of motion blur).
Not only that, but the music playing from the roundabout is captured clearly, and with barely any distortion. There's wind howling over it, yes, but the audio capture is generally just as impressive as the video.
It's just a shame it's only VGA then. Let's see HD next time, Palm/HP!