At their “It’s Only Rock and Roll” launch event today, Apple announced that the next generation of iPod nanos will sport a video camera on the back side. It seems like a logical step. Now that the phone in everyone’s pocket has a camera, Apple is adding a camera to the multimedia player that’s in everyone’s pocket. Two new models are announced today featuring either 8 or 16GB of memory.
The new generation nano will feature a 2.2 inch display along with a camera that will record H.264 VGA 640×480 video with sound at up to 30 fps. Users can apply one of fifteen filters to their video ranging from traditional Sepia and Black and White to more whimsical options like Cyborg and Light Tunnel. Four video filters can be previewed simultaneously on-screen in real-time.
There’s no mention of this device as a still camera anywhere on Apple’s website, so it’s assumed that the new nanos will record video only.
Apple claims that the new nano will support up to five hours of video playback on a single battery charge. The 8GB model will hold seven hours of captured video, and the 16GB holds up to 14 hours of recorded video. They’re both available immediately with the 8GB iPod nano retailing for $149 and the 16GB for only a bit more at $199.