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At the top resolution, the KC780 is capable of capturing very pleasing shots. With good lighting, the camera can produce fine shots with a good level of detail and crisp definition. It can also handle subtle changes of tone very well, and the automatic metering is responsive. Macro shooting was good too, the camera locking focus quickly and accurately for sharp close-up results.

We found colour reproduction acceptable and exposure control impressive for a cameraphone, though some colours can appear a touch subdued in poorer lighting conditions. Indoors shooting in low light suffered from increased graininess, and the LED flash had only a limited effect in enhancing low light shooting. Its effective range is limited - it doesn’t fill in as precisely or powerfully as a xenon flash. Used up close, it can burn out subjects.

LG KC780

The keypad's good for fast texting

The KC780 offers a bit more in the video capture department than most mid-level mobiles do. It can shoot at up to 720 x 480 resolution at 30f/s. There’s also a Slow-Motion Recording option, recording at a higher frame rate at 320 x 240 for smooth if low-res slo-mo playback style – a fun feature but an uncommon one on a phone at this sort of price point.

A TV output facility is included – though no cable is supplied, so you’ll have to buy one. DivX video playback is supported too.

Taking shots and video on higher resolution settings makes demands on the phone’s 140MB of internal storage. You can add Micro SD cards to expand storage capacity – cards of up to 8GB are supported in its side-mounted slot – though there’s no card bundled.

If you want to use the music player to any great extent, a memory card is a sound investment. It’s a standard, functional app, with a plain, list-based user interface for selecting tracks and controlled using the navpad.

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