BlackBerry Q5 review

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BlackBerry Q5 review
The Q5 is difficult to recommend

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The BlackBerry Q5 is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30fps using its rear-facing lens - which, unlike the camera, is on par with its rivals.

You can also record using the 2MP front-facing camera, which offers up 720p footage.

You'll need to head to the camera app to get to the video recorder - tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen and select the camcorder picture to jump into recording mode.

BlackBerry Q5 review

The same drag-to-focus set up is present here as it is in the camera app, plus the whole screen is still a trigger, so if you accidentally hit it you'll find yourself starting or stopping your recording.

If you were hoping for a treasure trove of features then you'll be sorely disappointed, as the BlackBerry Q5 offers up a basic recording platform.

Hit the menu button and you'll find an option to toggle the rear light on or off (which needs to be done before hitting the record button), a scene selection comprising two options (Night and Beach or Snow) on top of the standard Auto and a toggle to turn stabilisation on or off.

We found that the autofocus on the BlackBerry Q5 sometimes struggled to keep up if we moved the handset around too much, so you will want to make sure you have a steady hand for filming.

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