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I want to take a photo of something (an arm injury!), and I think it'll be hard to hold the camera in just the right place while I hit the touchscreen-shutter. But I could put it in video mode, and then pick out a good frame later.

Does the video taken by the iPod Touch have the same resolution/quality as a still frame captured by its camera?

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It's a bit crazy, but on the 4th gen iPod touch the video is actually higher resolution than the still pictures:

Cameras, photos, and video

  • Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 x 720) with back camera

720p video is 1280x720, whereas the photos taken are only 960x720.

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