Samsung unshutters 'first' 5Mp, 3x optical zoom cameraphone
Is it a camera? Is it a phone?
Samsung’s G800 slider handset could easily be mistaken for the existing G600, if it wasn't for one element: Samsung claimed the new model is the world’s first phone to feature both a five-megapixel camera and a 3x optical zoom facility.
Samsung's G800: slide action
Sadly, most of the G800's other camera features aren’t unique, including face detection technology, an image stabiliser, a picture editor and several shooting modes. But they do come together to give it a compelling photography phone USP.
It's all about the camera
The phone displays pictures on a 2.4in 320 x 240 (QVGA) LCD screen and stores them either on its 160MB internal memory or a Micro SD card, although one isn’t included as standard. However, Bluetooth 2.0, a USB 2.0 connection and PictBridge direct printing are all built in, allowing budding snappers to send images directly to computers and printers. It also supports mobile blogging.
If you’re more of a talker, then the G800 is tri-band GSM. For data connections, it also supports 3.6Mbps HSDPA 3G. It measures 10.1 x 5.2 x 1.8cm and weighs 134g, with the phone designed to be held in landscape mode when taking snaps.
The G800 is available in Europe next month, but a price hasn’t yet been set.
Lamb in Pigs clothing?
Apparently it looks great but (to quote device buyer of unnamed company) "a pig", in the flesh. Bloody good Sharon Osbourne-job if this is true...
Ref: Haven't they seen the Nokia N95
but the N95 doesn't have an optical zoom - Samsung are claiming it's the first 5MP *with* an optical zoom.
To be honest the camera on the N95 isn't all that great for 5MP, not for snaps anyway (I'd say my old 3.2MP K800 was better), but it does take decent video footage for a phone.
Haven't they seen the Nokia N95?
The Nokia N95 has been out for quite a while, and has a 5Mpixel camera!
looks good and great features although im yet to use a samsung camera phone that im impresed with. I had the D900 which was shacky, hard light, and genrally dificult to take good pictures on. ive used the first 5mp camera they brought out and this was also the same - dificult to steady the camera to take a good picture. with this in mind i would be sceptical about this new model. bring on optical zoom from SE - it cant be long
Dig that wonky lens cover...
Otherwise, sounds quite nice. I wonder how big the sensor is(n't).