How to Use the iPod nano Video Camera

iPod nano video camera
The camera is in the gray panel at bottom of the iPod on the right. image credit: Apple Inc.

Last Updated: Nov. 20, 2015

Apple has often experimented with the size, shape, and features of the iPod nano. The 5th Generation nano offers one of its most interesting experiments: the ability to record video. The video camera built into this iPod nano—a tiny lens on the back bottom of the iPod—lets you record video on the same device you bring with you to listen to music.​

Read on to learn how to use the iPod nano video camera and its special effects, how to sync movies to your computer and its specs.

Filming with the iPod nano Video Camera

To start recording video with your nano's camera:

  1. Select Video Camera from the iPod's home screen menu. You'll soon see what the camera sees
  2. Click the button in the center of the Clickwheel. This starts the video recording. You'll know the camera is recording because the red light next to the timer will blink and the timer will run
  3. To stop recording, click the Clickwheel's center button again.

Add Special Effects to iPod Videos

The nano has 16 cool visual effects built into it that can transform your plain old video so that it looks like a security camera tape, an x-ray, and sepia or black and white film, among other styles.

To choose the visual effect you want to record in:

  1. Select Video Camera from the iPod's home screen menu
  2. When the screen changes to the camera view, hold down the Clickwheel's center button
  3. You can choose from the special video effects here; four options are presented at a time. Use the Clickwheel to scroll through the options 
  1. When you find one you want to use, highlight it and click the button at the center of the Clickwheel to select it
  2. Start recording video.

It's important to remember that you have to select the special effect before you start recording video. You can't go back and add it later.

How to View Your Videos

To view the videos you've recorded on your nano:

  1. Select Video Camera from the iPod's home screen menu
  2. Click the Menu button. This shows a list of the movies stored on the iPod, the date they were taken, and how long they are
  3. To play a movie, highlight the video you're interested in and click the button at the center of the Clickwheel.

Deleting Videos Recorded on iPod nano

If you watch one of your movies and decide you don't want to keep it:

  1. Use the first 2 steps in the last tutorial to find the movie you want to delete
  2. Highlight it
  3. Click and hold down the center button A menu appears at the top of screen giving you the option to delete the selected movie, all the movies, or to cancel
  4. Choose to delete the selected movie.

Syncing Videos from iPod nano to Computer

Moving your videos from the iPod nano to your computer is as simple as syncing your nano.

If you use a photo management program that can support videos—such as iPhoto—you can import videos the same way you import photos.

Alternatively, if you enable Disk Mode, you'll be able to navigate through your iPod like any other disk and drag the video files from the DCIM folder it to your hard drive.

iPod nano Video Camera Requirements

To move your iPod nano videos to your computer, you'll need:

  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher or Windows Vista or XP Service Pack 3 or later
  • A computer with a USB2 port
  • iTunes 9 or later
  • iPhoto 6.0.6 on Mac OS X Tiger or iPhoto ’09 for Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard

iPod nano Video Camera Specs

  • Records video and audio at 640 x 480, at 30 frames per second
  • Saves video in the MP4 format
  • Does not take still photos