Video Mode

Tapping on the video button to start and stop recording is all you can do in the camera app's video mode.

In its video mode the Amazon Fire Phone records 1080p full-HD footage. When you tap on the video/still switch the virtual shutter button is swapped for a video button but otherwise the user interface remains as bare bones as in still modes. You have no control over the recording process in any way and cannot change the video resolution. There is no 4K or slow-motion mode either.

Video sample 1: 1080p video in bright light

This video was taken handheld in bright sunlight. As you can see the Fire Phone's optical image stabilization system is doing an excellent job at keeping things steady. The backlight is causing some flare but this would be a difficult situation for any camera to deal with and the Fire Phone captures good detail with its 1080p resolution. The quality of the recorded sound is very good as well. 

Video sample 2: 1080p video in bright light

This is another video that has been recorded in good light. Again the footage shows good detail but the OIS appears to be slightly overcompensating for camera shake, introducing some shifting of the image. This is something we have observed several times in all light situations.

Video sample 3: 1080p video in low light

This video was taken handheld at an outdoor event at night. As you can see a lot of grain is visible in the mid-tones and shadows but overall this is still a very usable clip with good exposure and color. Again the stabilization system is keeping things very steady but there is a focus jump toward the end. This is not a frequent occurrence but does occasionally happen, mainly in low light.