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Is there a way to force the camera app of the LG G2 Mini to record videos that don't take up a large number of mb for just a few seconds of video? I think it's recording at 1080p, or some other high number. I can't record pass 1 minute it seems, or it'll take up near 1gb of memory (or maybe 500mb, I can't remember).

I looked at the settings of the camera, and apparently there's no other resolutions available, aside from the one that allows for records of .3gp (I think?), but it has a 30 second limit.

Is there an app that allows one to record videos at a lower resolution?

I believe I tried months ago to follow some tutorial where you'll have to edit a system file, but it doesn't work.

So if someone can direct me to a tutorial to deal with this issue or an app it would be greatly appreciated :D I can literally not use my cellphone for video recording for any normal purpose due to the recordings hogging up a huge amount of memory. It's been months since I last attempted to video record anything.

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    I used this app (Open Camera) in the past. It sure supports various video recording resolutions and guess what? It's open-source! Head over here --- play.google.com/store/apps/…
    – MANI
    May 9, 2015 at 15:44
  • @MANI What's more interesting is that its size isn't even 1MB yet it supports such varied resolutions et al.
    – Firelord
    May 9, 2015 at 15:49
  • @MANI OMG I LOVE YOU FOR THIS APP I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:D< THANKS A LOT!!!! The app even supports changing the destination folder :D I just tried it out :D Now I'm gonna test it's limitations.
    – Val Croft
    May 9, 2015 at 15:58
  • @ValCroft - Welcome! ;)
    – MANI
    May 9, 2015 at 16:00

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Note: This is a partial answer to address the issue using an alternative app.


Is there an app that allows one to record videos at a lower resolution?

In my OnePlus One, I use Cinema FV-5. It shows me following recording resolutions:

  • 4096x2160 8.8 MP 4K UHD
  • 3840x2160 8.3 MP 16:9 4K UHD
  • 1920x1080 2.1 MP 16:9 Full HD
  • 1440x1080 1.6 MP 4:3
  • 1280x720 0.9 MP 16:9 HD
  • 864x480 0.4 MP SD
  • 800x480 0.4 MP 15:9 SD
  • 720x480 0.3 MP 3:2 NTSC SD
  • 640x480 0.3 MP 4:3 SD
  • 480x320 0.2 MP 3:2
  • 384x288 0.1 MP 4:3
  • 352x288 0.1 MP
  • 320x240 0.1 MP 4:3
  • 176x144 0 MP

Google Camera on the other hand allows my device to record at 4K, 1080p and 720p. I'll update my answer if I come to know any other app with varied resolutions capability.


Update 1: Suggested by @Mani, the app is Open Camera(Libre software, free, < 1MB in size). Resolutions are more or less same in variety as Cinema FV-5 has.

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  • Thanks! Do you use the lite version or the full version? I was wondering what the time limit is for the lite version, and if the full version is worth it? What do you use it for?
    – Val Croft
    May 9, 2015 at 16:00
  • The device isn't actually mine technically but of cousin's and the app was gifted to him by someone I don't know. :) But the installed version is full not lite as far as I know.
    – Firelord
    May 9, 2015 at 16:04
  • Also, there are many latest (2015) camera apps listed here on Android Authority. Have a look here -- web.archive.org/web/20150509155910/http://…
    – Firelord
    May 9, 2015 at 16:05

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