Cam Fight

Flash and lots of megapixels, for challenging mobiles seriously your compact camera. Camera mobiles champion makes up in supertest.

Although mobiles with five Megapixels today constitutes the absolute cream of camera phones on the market as different phone pretty much ate. There is really only one of the four phones that are purely explicit camera phone and it is the Sony Ericsson K850. It can be very different as well as the other but is presented most appropriate as just a camera phone, especially as the for the sake of clarity, a cognomen Cybershot.

The other phones require a more complex presentation and the fact is that sometimes it feels like the cocky enough equipped with five megapixel lite in passing. This makes clear that the outcome of this camera reviews will be extra exciting.

The Nokia N95 has now a few months old, while the rest of the participants are brand new from the factories. Despite Nokia’s early release, it feels like the N95 kept the dimensions and even today is a competent phone compared to current competitors. Aside from the camera function is the N95 also equipped with for example turbo-3 g, w-lan and gps, which even today is a fairly unique combination in a mobile phone.

Samsung G600 has been for sale in the United Kingdom for some time, but will now also to Sweden. It stands out mainly by not really Excel. “It is, quite simply, despite their Beefy five Megapixels small and flexible and will win the most over their competitors right on its format.

Although LG Viewty is a cell with five Megapixels, it is something else entirely in-house for themselves when it comes to the phone. Just like the famous Iphone, Touch, Prada and Armani is a mobile to be controlled with your fingers. Some follow it with a pen, but it needs to be extremely rare and the idea is simply that you should do well with just your fingers. The phone also comes equipped with turbo-3 g makes it even better.

 

LG Viewty touch screen stands out among other things with really good blog features.

In this test, however, it is the cameras that are in focus, and it may be appropriate to draw up guidelines. Development has been rapid in the mobile industry and the cameras built into is no exception. The first mobile cameras were either a little BLOB man joined in the bottom on their phone or, at best, built directly into the phone. At this time was a luxury and color display on the phones with color screens that were you could with a bit of luck to discern what your images represented. With a little luck, you could see more if you managed to bring over your image to a computer, in the worst case you discovered even more flaws in image quality.

The resolution was a split megapixel, today we have reached five. Worth pointing out, however, is that it is considerably more than the Megapixels that determines how good the picture becomes. The only Megapixels is a measure of the size of the image, how many pixels it contains. For you over your image to a computer, you’ll see quickly that a picture of five Megapixels can easily fill the entire screen, while an image from an older more primitive camera phone only gets a small square in the middle of the screen.

Image quality and color reproduction is determined by your lens and largely of image management in your phone, so in theory, many megapixels mean just a big bad picture. We will enter the closer when we test the cameras in these four phones. We start by testing the image quality they can perform outdoors in daylight.

Landscape and retail

Zoom is still unusual among camera phones and the reason is that a real zoom in the camera body, or results in a lens that stands out, which can be quite unwieldy in a cell phone which you should have with you always. None of the phones we test here has real optical zoom, but only so called digital zoom. It is only a way to crop the image and that way get closer to a motive, but with reduced quality as a result. Still, many megapixels to be good, for example if you have a small piece of the picture that you want. Then you can afterwards simply crop the image and still get a fitting piece picture left that you can use.

When we take a normal landscape picture, we can look at the detail and if the phone is simply unable to take advantage of the five megapixel it actually equipped with. Here it becomes also clear about some of the weaknesses exist and that we notice, for example, in the color display and the contrasts, for example, between the sky and buildings in this situation where disruption may show up.

We start with a look at the picture from the Nokia N95. It’s the phone that managed to get most of the color tint in the sky while the other parts of the image rather than become a bit too dark. All camera phones use some kind of software in the phone to process information coming from the image sensor in the phone. Most obviously, it is customary to notice it on light coloured areas that may tend to Goo together completely and get the look a little bit like an oil painting with smeared contrasts.

But to blame just the N95 for this, it can be seen that the phone seems to be one of the more comprehensive after adaptations, You notice it when you take a picture, the picture taken first appears in the screen, and then replaced by the finished product, and it must be assumed, processed image that often have stronger contrasts and changing colors.

Nokia N95. Click on the image for full resolution.

Sony Ericsson K850 ‘s image received a more consistent color reproduction where the sky is more pale and show less color transitions, while the rest of the picture is less clear contrasts than the N95 shows up.

The weaker the contrasts in the picture from Sony Ericsson lets you get better color fidelity of the image but if you look at the details of, for example, the transition between lathing and Sky we see shortcomings in both N95-image and image of K850. Areas with strong contrasts between light and dark is something that most camera phones have problems with and an area where you can see big improvements if you go over to a standard compact camera.

In the image of K850 seems to the ceiling in the transition towards the sky get a light purple tone and also get the sky right over the roof a small silhouette of the ceiling, like a shadow in the air. This has to do with post process where the phone tried to sharpen the contrasts. In this area seem to Sony Ericsson and Nokia have been those that have succeeded best with the combination of what the image sensor managed to capture and then processed and presented.

 

Sony Ericsson K850. Click on the image for full resolution.

LG KU990 Viewty also called or who feels a bit difficult and take pictures with a little odd because the format may make it difficult to hold the camera still when taking their picture. At the same time, it is always difficult to determine exactly how good the image directly on your phone’s screen, even if it is so great that in LG phone cases.

A nice review in computer on larger screen shows that the details in the picture is a little fuzzier than on the pictures from the previous two mobiles. The most obvious difference, however, is in transition from the roof of the building to the much brighter sky. This notice unfortunately to the edge of the House goes back one more time as a heavy shade of blue that seems to extend a few meters up, above the building’s roof ridge. At the same time, the colors of the sky doesn’t look like they should and instead of weak transitions between light blue and white, it has become a mottled sky which do not comply with the subject as it looked.

LG KU990 Viewty. Click on the image for full resolution.

In the picture from the Samsung G600, heaven has been unusually few shades and details on the House in the middle of the picture is difficult to discern. It seems a bit like G600 has a tendency to more than the other phones smudge different details and colors, for large parts of the House have been given a smooth gray tone while the contrast against the sky, by contrast, looks like a strong black line, despite the fact that such a thing does not exist in reality.

 

Samsung G600. Click on the image for full resolution.

It is in this nice review that clearly find that details of all pictures are different right from how the subject you took picture of actually looks like.

For sharpening in subjects that are closer to the camera auto focus is needed, as all four of these cameras are equipped with, as well as a special mode for macro. It is thus possible to take real close-ups, often ten to twenty centimeters. This particular macro mode tends to be a simple way to show off the benefits of a camera, it’s simply easy to be impressed by the detail in this type of images. Here we also notice slight differences in the results from the various cameras. All contributors have simply succeeded quite well with to capture our little still life outdoors in daylight.

Sony Ericsson K850. Click on the image for full resolution.

When I zoom into the images to study the details, I think Samsung and Sony Ericsson are those that manage leaves and rose hips best with the two other shows too sharp contrasts in leaf and poor sharpness on the mountain which is the background in this subject. The difference between the different phones in this step, however, is small and there is certainly nothing to detect if you don’t do as I do and just go in and study the details.

 

Samsung G600. Click on the image for full resolution.

Keys in the close-up is proving to be a difficult object for these cameras, especially as they glisten in the light and therefore seems more cameras have difficulty reproducing the entire color range here. It’s the Sony Ericsson K850 who succeed best with to get the colors without too much areas where light is eaten through so areas become completely white.

Nokia N95. Click on the image for full resolution.

Image from Samsung G600 is the containing color information while the LG in the picture on the keys seem to be chansat a bit and added a light blue tone over everything that Samsung chose to do almost entirely white. In this case, it feels like a gamble that went home to LG’s part although it obviously is a risky way to produce good images. The Nokia N95 is the phone that is placed after the K850 when it comes to the keys. It has a good color representation on most of the keys, but has a surrender on a piece which has become completely white.

 

LG KU990 Viewty. Click on the image for full resolution.

To summarize and assess, I think the flaws of landscape images where the sky sometimes got a completely unnatural sharp patchiness outweigh the shortcomings in the close-up where more was about things you probably did not notice until you seriously zooms in on details, which they very rarely do.

Score: Landscape and retail

LG KU990 Viewty3

Nokia N954

Samsung G6003

Sony Ericsson K8504

Darkness

About close-ups was an area where there was little difference between the various phones appear much larger variation when we head off into the darkness. The fun from the test point of view is that there are many factors to experiment with, but unfortunately it is rarely as fun and successful when you look at the image results. First and foremost is the result here on the type of lighting used.

On earlier mobile cameras were the most common photo bulb and it is only recently that we got phones with really, so called Xenon Flash. The difference is that photo lamp provides a steady light from led lights while the Flash is charging and then four of his light in an instant. Any obvious quality difference is not, however, in the results.

In our test, Sony Ericsson and LG real Flash while the Nokia N95 and Samsung G600 uses photo lamp. Pros and cons are to some extent more clearly when we are in fairly dark conditions takes a close-up on a dish. This shows clearly that there is a difference between the Flash of a camera and the same technology in another.

For when using LG Viewty it seems to almost be a mode on the Flash, which means that close-ups will become completely unusable. Despite the fact that we set it to macro mode seems to Flash four of full strength and it is not at all good for image the result in this case. The result is that the picture largely becomes completely white, and any opportunity to use this image is simply not.

 

LG KU990 Viewty. Click on the image for full resolution.

The conclusion that real Flash is wrong in this case, it is not possible to draw. First, we test to take the same picture without a Flash and then turns out to be a little light for the poor to the camera really should be able to perceive the subject. It is then extremely difficult to notice the details and therefore an image that will not be particularly useful. This turns out to be a difficult subject for LG’s Viewty.

Phone with Flash, however, did not throw in the towel, for Sony Ericsson K850 is also a real lightning and turns out to cope with the situation much better. In fact, it adjusts the strength of the Flash after the distance to the subject, which seems to be the recipe for success. K850 is the best mobile camera in this case and is capable of rendering a bit better than the Nokia N95 that light up a bit too much for the best.

Sony Ericsson K850. Click on the image for full resolution.

Although it performs, however, a good result and both Nokia and Sony Ericsson are doing significantly better than the other two competitors. K850 WINS at better clarity in the details and that it managed to get good colour reproduction over the entire image area. Image from the N95 does not have just a little less sharpness. It can be seen that the lamp provided a strong light in the front parts while the rear parts become darker. K850 has instead a more väldistribuerad lighting over the entire image.

 

Nokia N95. Click on the image for full resolution.

For Samsung’s part ends with a third place finish. G600, a right fine color rendition in the middle of the picture but the rest are marked to phone fyrat of light from lämpan a bit too over the top, which means that the color scheme of the image as a whole gets a little light blue and not at all realistic, which of course is the main assessment criterion.

 

Samsung G600. Click on the image for full resolution.

Yet it is possible, however, to catch your breath, for this kind of close-up gives no complete judgment over the phones ‘ performance in the darkness. For although the close-ups in the dark is clearly showing the pros and cons is perhaps a picture in the dark a bit more distance, more common. Even when we’re going to take pictures of people in about 1-2 metres away shows phone right shifting performance. Here, however, it is easier to generally praise the cameras with Flash, but it’s not about any wholehearted tribute.

When it comes to the colors so seems the Flash provide more natural skin tones, while images from the two cameras with photo light, N95 and G600, in various degrees tend to bleach skin colors. But we start with a look at the both cameras with Flash. The first thing I notice with LG Viewty in the dark is that it is on good and evil seem right easy to use. The reason is simply Flash as lighthouses of the same strength. This means that the result will be less sensitive to where you choose to focus with the phone’s auto-focus.

While the K850 adjusts its Flash to the area of the image where you focus does not, therefore, Viewty it. The result could be that the image of K850 gets a little blurry and dark when you happen to pick a bit wrong, which can happen when there is a little dark. However, images from the K850 better if you aim right and it should of course be rewarded. For generally provides the customized Flash significantly better color rendition. It is that gives the most natural facial K850 tones and thanks to its Flash performs even Viewty good facial tones, with the premise that person happens to be at just the right distance from the Flash.

Navigation of the K850 is far from smooth.

When we look more closely at the images from the N95 and G600 is noticed quickly that it is simply not required. You see very clearly that it will differ significantly in the outcome between the two even though it is about photo lamp in both cases.

N95 provides excellent information throughout the image and good light, even in the face, although the photo light appears to give a whiter and slightly harder light than that which comes from the Flash in your LG Viewty as from K850. However, the image from showing clear deficiencies. G600 This becomes the face almost completely white, and it makes the image completely unusable.

It is, therefore, in low light as many of these mobile cameras most clearly differ. It is not possible to categorically say that Flash is better than photo light, of course, there are many techniques in der both better and worse finishes. Yet it is the K850 that takes home the victory here because it can handle both close up and at a little distance, provided that they manage to aim right with the camera’s autofocus.

Score Of Darkness:

LG KU990 Viewty3

Nokia N954

Samsung G6002

Sony Ericsson K8505

Settings

Although one could wish that all phones worked best in auto mode in all conditions, it can of course be good to make their own settings so you get the image just as you imagined it. These settings should also be easy to do quickly, a clear challenge for the manufacturers because all these cameras are also mobile phones and some of them considerably more than that.

 

Nokia N95. Click on the image for full resolution.

A general way to make the settings easy to overview is to use the standard keyboard shortcuts to different settings. Sony Ericsson has taken this concept to the far by adding visible shortcuts that lights up on the keypad when the camera is active. It is really easy, because it eliminates to remember what the different buttons for significance in this case. The elections also appear very clearly on the screen so you can see which setting you have chosen.

K850 provides in addition to the charms even the ability to do a lot of other settings. First of all, we feature Bestpic which works great to take several pictures in the series and choose the most successful. There is also a lot of scene modes, macro, red eye reduction, self-timer, white balance, and several other opportunities to affect the finished image before you snap out of.

Samsung has a bit of the same thought with shortcuts directly from keypad with numbers. The possibilities are similar and a extra plus for that one can get a preview of, for example, the white balance before making their choice. However, the lack of extras as Bestpic and other special features. The shortcuts are also not as visible as the K850. Instead, you get to step out at one end of the camera menu to get a sketch of which buttons do what. It works, but is not nearly as smooth, even if you learn the shortcuts you use frequently.

Samsung G600. Click on the image for full resolution.

LG KU990, of course, has been the target of another solution because the camera has no physical keypad. The settings are handled instead by a semi-transparent menu that appears when you click once on the screen. Via small direct-access buttons you can turn off and turn on the Flash, choose a scene mode and use the burst mode. If you want to make additional settings, such as enabling macro so you get to make it an additional click away there for the rest of the camera settings.

 

LG KU990 Viewty. Click on the image for full resolution.

Unfortunately, the settings in the Viewty sometimes being a bit reluctant. Just like K850 has a function where Viewty burst mode you can select the best image. When asked, however, the camera automatically if only one megapixel in resolution to fit. The problem is that when I turn off the removal sequence ‘s resolution is still on a megapixel. This is an example, and it makes it sometimes accidentally gets worse resolution than expected and forced into some extra buttons in menus to check that everything really is set correctly.

The Nokia N95 has despite its keypad more in common with the Viewty because the settings here can be found in a little semi-transparent menu at the edge of the image. The steering is done with the keys. Scene modes, Flash and timer at the top while the more unusual settings, further down. Scroll to on, you’ll find what you need, but it’s a bit strange that Nokia not thought of the number keys as possible shortcuts.

While all these phones are equipped with cameras at five Megapixels is different they looked for more in other areas. If your phone does not offer particularly many uses for your pictures, you lose part of the pleasure of photographing. An example of smooth functions that make shooting and handling of pictures in your phone easier is the gyro. It is simply a feature that Sony Ericsson K850 and Nokia N95 has and that makes the phone feel of how you hold it. If you take a portrait or a landscape image and the camera of it and displays the image in the correct position when it appears in the screen.

Sony Ericsson K850. Click on the image for full resolution.

Sony Ericsson has also integrated gyro in (among other things) the Viewer so if you view pictures and turn on the phone it turns even the screen to give the best possible view of the screen. However, the stored images are not turning but appears only on this custom like that in the phone screen. Should, for example, you send an mms, you must go into the program manually turn PhotoDJ and image to the recipient of your mms will see the image in the correct orientation. The Nokia N95 is fixed automatically while in LG’s and Samsung’s camera phones need to do all this manually.

Score Settings:

LG KU990 Viewty3

Nokia N954

Samsung G6003

Sony Ericsson K8505

Management and operation

A relatively important function both in cameras and mobile cameras is to view the images immediately after taking them, and it is certainly part of the reason that compact cameras today are equipped with larger and larger screens.

Just viewing the pictures directly in the phone is actually all four phones really good at. Yet there are those who stand out. a LG Viewty have given advantage through their big screen. They’ve also got to navigation for finger control good and above the images display a semi-transparent navigation so you can easily control while no screen space is wasted.

The N95 ‘s screen actually only slightly smaller and used a graphically advanced menu system where the images spin around in a circle on the screen before selecting the one you want to see. Your phone can be a bit slow to view the photos, but do you give it a little time, so will the images up. When they appear on the screen, it is an advantage that the N95 has physical buttons so you can control the image display on the road and also enable the slideshow in which photos appear automatically.

 

Slideshow and media viewer in the N95 is one of the more spectacular, and that in a positive sense.

Sony Ericsson K850 also has good features for image display and an equally spectacular menu system for image display. It is inspired by Sony’s Playstation and offers fast good viewing and the ability to run slideshow. A plus also for that, as I mentioned earlier can spin a half was on the phone to the images to change the orientation from landscape to portrait, for example, in the screen. A smooth detail is also the scrutiny that makes you can easily zoom in on details of the image and navigate around to make sure that the image was not a failure.

Samsung has no particularly lavish picture display function in their G600, but a menu system that’s fast and easy to use, something that also will display. G600 is significantly faster than all the others on to browse femmegapixelbilder which, after all, tend to be about a megabyte per image in size.

If you want to view your images is not on site is mms an option and it is certainly a feature that we least expect to work smoothly on all these phones. All four of these phones can resize images you’ve taken so you can send them as mms. Pictures of five Megapixels is otherwise at about a megabyte and so large images can not send mms. A smooth reduction is therefore a prerequisite.

Nokia makes this job by not only cope with scaling smoothly but also automatically flip the image right, something none of the others do. Scaling can also handle the Sony Ericsson K850 and LG Viewty good and if LG has a really smooth and fast way to rotate the image, it takes a little longer for K850, but it works. While Samsung G600 will be able to turn around and resize, but not always. For example, we receive several times the message that resizing failed, which simply makes the image impossible to send as mms. G600 seems simply not able to resize an image as you first chose to rotate.

In addition to mms have blogs and other Web services have grown as photo destination. Nokia and Sony Ericsson have been on the train, but get here see little surprisingly overtaken by LG. From Viewty send simple pictures to Blogger and films to Youtube thanks to LG’s relationships with Google, which owns the services. All this is also good integrated in the menus, and you can enter all the information directly in the phone for pictures should end up right and get the description you want.

Even Sony Ericsson K850 has blog posting to Blogger for text and images, but lacks The addition YouTube. Nokia has instead aimed at Vox and Flickr photo site, which seems to be a good choice. However, they have made registration a little trickier with the codes to be entered instead of only select mail and send off their image. There are simply too many steps to get started, even if once you made it work.

All three of these manufacturers have succeeded better than Samsung who has no connection to websites to post the content to create. However, while Samsung, like the other, used to send pictures via email, for example to Blogger and Flickr, but then you get the same simplicity as the other offers.

Grades handling and function:

LG KU990 Viewty5

Nokia N953

Samsung G6002

Sony Ericsson K8504

Telephony and other

Of course, the camera is important on a mobile phone with 5 megapixel, but after all, there are other things that matter. There are counted, for example, what the phone has other features and how the format is, for if you often leave the phone at home, you have no use of the camera in the phone provides unbeatable images.

Of course, there is much one can judge on these phone besides the actual shooting, but much is obviously about personal choice, for apart from the five Megapixels it is about relatively different phones. We look first for data access have all but Samsung cell phone turbo 3 g, while the G600 is a common edge-mobile that is not even equipped with 3 g. However, the stand out in other ways, notably through a format and a smoothness that none of the other three can compete with.

The menus and video screenings in the G600 is surprisingly stairs, even though it involves relatively heavy image files.

Sony Ericsson K850 is the phone of those who have most clearly the camera focus in each case in the sense that it does not have so much other great areas of expertise. It is of course also the Cybershot on shell, although it works well, for example, to listen to music.

Both the Viewty and N95 has unique features in addition to the camera. The LG Viewty is the design which is the focus of course, thanks to the large touch-sensitive screen, and despite design focus is this even a phone in cutting edge technically, which is unusual.

The N95 has a lot to mention. These include built-in gps and in addition, w-lan, two features that all of the other three missing. Also, is this a smartphone, which means that there are good opportunities to download supplemental programs that extend the functionality. It therefore has a better chance than the other to be extended with functionality and thus is renewed in the future.

Score of Telephony and other:

LG KU990 Viewty4

Nokia N955

Samsung G6003

Sony Ericsson K8504

Winner: Sony Ericsson K850

There is no obvious winners, but when we focus on the camera features is Sony Ericsson K850 that takes home the victory. The reason is mainly a fine color reproduction in daylight, combined with Flash and thus good pictures even when it’s a little darker. Management with a visible keypad shortcuts lift experience combined with such as Bestpic for snapshots.