Feeds
85%

LG Renoir eight-megapixel cameraphone

Serious alternative to the you-know-what

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Camerawork is where the LG Renoir really breaks new ground for a touchscreen phone. Its eight-megapixel camera has a dazzling array of shooting options for a mobile phone.

The autofocus system is enhanced by touch-controlled focusing – you simply tap the part of the picture you want to focus on, take your finger off and the shot is taken. It's simple, but very effective.

LG Renoir KC910 8Mp cameraphone

The camera is enhanced by touch-controlled focusing

Other aids for improving shots include automatic face tracking, smile detection, a "beauty shot" option which auto-airbrushes away spots and other blemishes in portraits, and blink detection. These all work surprisingly well, if you need them.

Flip open the lens cover, and you’re away. Although the touch interface is extensive, it’s not particularly difficult to us. Some day-to-day features – including flash, shot mode and exposure control - are lined up on one side of the screen, while more detailed settings options are accessible by tapping another settings button. You can use the digital zoom by dragging an on-screen slider, though in practice it’s easier to use the zoom rocker.

Serious photographers will appreciate controls like ISO adjustment, from 100 to 1600. There’s the usual white balance control, plus an (excellent) macro mode for close-ups, and a useful backlight compensation option. A variety of colour effects and frames are included, plus a panorama shot mode and a neat continuous-shot option that takes seven consecutive snaps as high-res images and presents them as thumbnails so you can select the best.

Image quality is excellent by phone standards. The resolution means images are extremely detailed, and in decent lighting conditions you can get some great shots. Colour is naturally portrayed and well balanced. It’s possible to blow pics up and maintain high quality beyond regular standard photo size, but even on a PC screen you can zoom in for very precise detailing. The autofocus system works crisply, locking on to tight focus areas speedily.

In dark condition, indoors or out, even with the xenon flash, results are less impressive. The flash does provide extra illumination, but pics can be a touch grainy, and the flash tends to overwhelm close-ups. Auto white balance didn’t adjust well to low artificial light, so you may want to set the white balance appropriately before shooting to avoid slight colour casts. Post-shooting, there’s a remarkable selection of editing options to touch up and correct images in-phone – plus the facility to upload images straight to blogs.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.