Thin with 5 Megapixel

Max 15 mm, yet with technology that dazzles. Mobile has compared the new generation camera phones.

We have latched on to the new generation of camera phones. It was the absolute top of mobile cameras has now taken the next step. It is no longer about expensive phones that barely goes down in the Pocket. Femmegapixlarna have both become small and cheaper. We are aiming at the very thinnest, so all our four entrants may even place together in one trouser pocket.

What the participants in the test all have in common is that they all have cameras with five Megapixels and several of the phones have design focus. Nokia 6220 Classic is really the only thing that probably don’t buy for the appearance, if you don’t have a penchant for black plastic. But however has other advantages such as built-in gps, which none of the others have, and so it is a smartphone with all that that means of programming and other benefits.

That phone we test here is so thin from a camera perspective is not all that good. The needed space to make room for good lens, real Flash and anything else that pulls up the quality of the photos, but honestly, it is unfortunately far from the quality of a standard compact camera, regardless of what camera phone it is compared to. The weaknesses are in poor lighting conditions, weak or non-existent Flash, but above all in an optics stripped down to a minimum. Mobile manufacturers have simply not so much space to play with, especially when it comes to phones in the size class we test here.

Then you should also remember that Megapixels is a measure of how large the image is and not say anything really about quality. Many megapixels means that you can take out a portion of the image with good quality, but there many megapixels can just as easily mean a big lousy picture, like a big good picture.

We’ll go into the different phones ‘ camera performance, but we’re starting to see how they are using.

Management and operation

A problem with camera phones is that it takes that kind of time to go from sleep to your phone is ready to take a picture. This applies both to find the right button and menu selection and then let the phone focus so that you can flip the image. In theory, camera cell phone perfect for snapshots because you always have it with you, but in practice it is often worse. Every phone we test turn on camera mode by either pulling up the lens cover or press the camera key.

It shifts depending on which image you take because the focus takes different lengths of time, but when we tested it’s usually Samsung quickest out of the starting blocks. It distinguishes several seconds between Samsung and Nokia speed sjumbon. A lot of it is because Nokia in the activation of the camera rotates the screen and only the animation takes one second.

Sony Ericsson C902, which ranks just ahead of Nokia in the rate is the highest number of phone that displays the settings options directly. They are easily accessible and gathered in a darkened pressure sensitive area around the screen where you see her subject. Good to collect all the camera features there, but it’s very easy to access the icons by mistake and that way get the wrong settings. I notice several times to the wrong settings have been enabled, but I first thought that I got into an icon.

We look closely at the settings and the first impression you get of the camera application is the LG Secret that mystifies most. Three of the phones have touch-screens, at least partially, and the LG Secret is one of them, it is a Nokia which entirely relies on the usual buttons. In the LG Secret combines six different touch-sensitive surfaces with a normal button and with these controls to the camera settings. In the screen, however, it becomes a little too much at once. There is both a ikonrad that displays the current status, and a ikonrad that allows you to change the current status. Double set of symbols, then, when it should have been enough with one.

The other phone with touch sensitive screen is Sony Ericsson C902 and suffers from a bit of a similar problem. Except that it is easy to accidentally tap the phone suffers from a related problem, that it is a little too many icons in order for it to be easy to find. Better would have been to pick out the most used settings and make them more accessible.

 

Samsung has done well with the user interface.

In this particular branch has Samsung succeeded very well. The small touchscreen in the Soul only displays four icons and it feels like the four most relevant, including macro and Flash on or off or on. If you want to get into other settings to make it through one of the menu buttons, this means that the majority of all pictures will be really easy to find quickly.

Nokia running without touch screen has a similar approach where you do not shower you with icons and options, even the therefore right easy to quickly get to the correct settings.

Results:

LG KF750 Secret2

Nokia 6220 Classic3

Samsung U900 Soul5

Sony Ericsson C9024

Landscape and retail

Now let’s look at what the phone in the test performs in a little different picture situations. We have taken many photos with all possible settings to get the best results. Here we show a couple of examples to compare the various cameras and we start with a landscape photo to look at color fidelity and detail.

Sony Ericsson C902

The image of the Marina, we took on a cloudy day, so there are no sharp sunlight that provides us with strong contrasts, quite good conditions, that is. On the other side of the water, we can study the detail in the image. Where do you notice that the image is from LG Secret looks almost like an oil painting, the colors on the rooftops across the water becomes unnaturally red and clump together in färgklumpar. This is also possible again if we look at the image as a whole. The colors are dark, drab.

 

LG Secrets photos look almost like paintings.

The pictures from Sony Ericsson feels the colors rather than grey and washed out and it applies both in the details on the other side of the water and in the pictures as a whole. Nokian succeed worse with color rendering in the details. Sony Ericsson have better colour rendering, but it has quite a lot of noise which blurs the image.

As a whole it is Samsung that brings home this picture victory. The color gamut of the image is the best of all, it manages to reproduce the bright areas in the sky without the white eats out and also in the shadows in the picture, Samsung has managed to get good colour reproduction.

Results:

LG KF750 Secret3

Nokia 6220 Classic3

Samsung U900 Soul5

Sony Ericsson C9023

Closeup

I first look through all the close-ups and find that none of them really seem to be any challenge for the camera phones we are dealing with here. Macro pictures wont be effective to view pictures, details that we can’t really see with the naked eye usually fascinating. But in the ranking, I find a clear trend. Samsung Soul is the phone that is different from the other.

Sony Ericsson C902

LG Secret and Nokia 6220 Classic is the two phones that are fighting for victory and both deliver almost razor sharp close-ups of their macro modes. The flaws one can find in the photo from the LG Secret’s small shadows in color transitions that probably depends on the camera after processing the image. It is the software in the phone processes the images to the final result and so works all camera phones. It is also the reason why the camera often is significantly improved in the final version of a phone than when producers presenting prototypes at launch. In addition to colour the shadows are also colour rendition in the darkest of the team, so it will be Nokia that gets the victory. The image has both the sharpness, color fidelity and detail.

The Miss, however, the camera on the Samsung Soul completely. Despite several attempts, with many different motives turns out simply macro mode in Soul have some flaws. It fails at all competition. The Sony Ericsson C902 is better, but falls short in the same razor-sharp clarity as the other two.

Results:

LG KF750 Secret4

Nokia 6220 Classic5

Samsung U900 Soul1

Sony Ericsson C9023

Dark pictures

There are pictures of twilight and poor lighting conditions that are the most fun to compare, for this is where the results differ the most. Among the tested the phones here, only the Nokia 6220 Classic which has a real Flash. Not only that, it’s actually the best and most powerful Flash I’ve seen in a mobile phone.

For the outcome of this, we have photographed in full darkness and dim lighting and the sample image shows how it looks when we’re shooting a bookcase in bad lighting at about one and a half metres. What one notices right away when taking the picture is that Nokia is the only phone adjusts light sensitivity for viewing directly on the screen. In Classic 6220 looks to her subject, albeit a bit cloudy, while the other only shows the pitch black darkness of the screen when the light is not enough. Easier, therefore, to compose his picture with Nokian.

Sony Ericsson C902

A look at the pictures show that the Nokia 6220 Classic win without competition. Sony Ericsson C902 seems, if one draws conclusions of light it sends out to lie in the vicinity of earnings, but it’s not even close. The light in the C902 is much weaker and has very poor dispersion. Both Samsung and LG have somewhat better spread on his light, but Sony Ericsson is nevertheless a bit better detail and color fidelity.

We also try to go a bit closer and then quickly notice that neither LG Secret or Samsung U900 Soul can adjust the brightness of the light. Thus, both of the lighthouses light at full strength, with the result that the image becomes totally overexposed. Do you take a portrait of any meters becomes the faces just white outlines. Both Sony Ericsson and Nokia are avoiding it in their phones by adapting the lighting and Flash intensity. Anyway, Nokia takes here an unchallenged victory.

Results:

LG KF750 Secret2

Nokia 6220 Classic5

Samsung U900 Soul2

Sony Ericsson C9023

Telephony and other

Certainly it is good to always have a camera, but do you invest a few thousand pieces in a good camera phone is it safe to make sure you don’t just want to take pictures with it. We must therefore talk turbo 3 g, menu systems, browsers, email, and other manufacturers of these mobile phones packed with friendly technical differs not debate. The only thing that little stands out from the crowd is the Nokia 6220 is a smartphone and also has built-in gps. It lacks the other and have instead focused on a more flair filled exterior, design that is.

 

Sony Ericsson’s menus are proven and logical.

All except Nokia has some form of, or at least partially touch screen. Samsung is the only one of these who do it successfully. Custom menu selection feels there more or less tailored and it simplifies. In the LG Secret is both keypad, touch screen and the like and you could say that it is too much of a good thing. With different options depending on what application you are in, it becomes more puzzling than simplistic.

Sony Ericsson has like only in photo mode and rely on regular buttons as well as their proven logical and slightly revamped menu design. Both Sony Ericsson and Nokia has plenty of features to make use of the connection in the form of a podcast, blogging and rss reader to easily follow news. Also the LG Secret and Samsung Soul have blog features, but internet services in general have not been as far as the Nordic colleagues.

Results:

LG KF750 Secret2

Nokia 6220 Classic4

Samsung U900 Soul3

Sony Ericsson C9023

Winner: Nokia 6220 Classic

Samsung looked like a possible winner, but it was Nokia who ran past and won at the end of their endurance. You should point to one factor, it’s Flash. It is the best thing that sat in a camera phone and lift 6220 clearly over competitors here in the test.

Overall rating:

LG KF750 Secret13

Nokia 6220 Classic20

Samsung U900 Soul16

Sony Ericsson C90216