Apple has set another limit in the nano market by adding a video recorder to the iPod nano fifth-generation. The inbuilt accelerometer in this device allows the device to switch from landscape and portrait mode when you are filming. The videos recorded using this iPod are not HD but are still crisp and vibrant. This is despite the low resolution of the iPod which is of VGA quality (640x 480 at 30 fps). Extra effects for video recording include the Sepia, Film Grain, black and white, and even zanier ones like Thermal. All 15 effects are accessible in a menu that will show you how they look in real time; just hold down the center button for a few seconds when you’re in video mode. Below we shall look at the other unique features of this mini-look tablet.
The iPod nano fifth-gen organizes your videos by date on a scrollable list under the video menu. You can then import these videos and share your photos and videos on Facebook or YouTube. However, the camera cannot capture still images which may disappoint some customers. Despite this there is no other portable media device that offers built- in video camera like the iPod nano fifth-gen.
In addition, this device also features an FM radio with the headphones acting as the antennae. You can even tag songs you hear on the radio and later download them from iTunes. The nano also allows you to pause the radio and record up to 15 minutes of content, which will be played back later.
This is also the first nano model to include voiceover which you activate by pressing the centre of the NowPlaying screen and it announces the title and artist of your current song selection. An additional feature is the Voice Memo function that enables the nano to act as a voice recorder. A built in speaker means that you can listen to your videos right after you record them. However, the headphones of this device sound awful, so you may have to upgrade to higher quality ones.
The music experience on the iPod nano does not differ much with its predecessors. For instance, it has the Genius which organizes mixes of your music library according to genre. It might group together all of your rock music or all of your jazz for example, and has the ability to become more granular over time.
The battery life of the nano is rated by apple at 24 hours for audio and 5hours for video. This enables you quality time for entertainment without having to recharge the device.
While the iPod has faced many challenges, the nano doesn’t have any serious competition yet. This is because there is still nothing its price range that has its ease-of-use and its slick design. The video camera is just a bonus addition to this device which is also a first in an iPod. Apple converts are still waiting for another release because there is still room for improvement for this device.