One of the other things Samsung is shouting about on the camera front is the Fast Shoot mode. This takes nine shots in very quick succession. Sadly the resolution is reduced to 640 x 480, which makes it fairly useless really. Video capture runs to 720 x 480 pixels and it made a good fist of that quite challenging moving image, the boiling kettle.
The Xenon flash gives it the edge for party snaps
The camera offers 5x digital zoom, and this is actually more useful than is often the case on cameraphones. There is degradation when you use zoom but you may be able to live with the results depending on what you are photographing and why you want the picture.
You can toy with photos on the phone itself using a fairly wide range of tools. Dynamic Canvas lets allows drawing directly onto photos and Photo Eraser lets you mark out an area of a picture that isn’t exactly removed seamlessly, but looks a bit rough with bits missing. Editing done, you can upload directly to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr or Photobucket. And you can print too, either through a USB to PC connection or via Bluetooth.
Samsung has thought about the looks and handling of the Pixon 12 as a cameraphone. When viewed from the back the handset has a very camera-like look. There is a faux leather section on the bottom end of the chassis, which we suppose is meant to be some sort of grip, though in fact it would need to extend further up the chassis to be of great use.
The 480 x800 resolution, 3.1in active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) touchscreen is bright, sharp and up there with the best of them. It’s ideal for image viewing and a whole lot more. The media browser is rather well thought out. Twenty thumbnails are visible on screen at once, fingerpanning through full screen images is supported of course, and video is stored alongside images, so it is easy to find what you want from one central location.
The screen displays 20 thumbnail images for swift gallery browsing
Other stuff going on with the camera includes object tracking. You can tap the screen to ensure that whatever object you want remains at the centre of focus and exposure settings. It works but you have to move the handset around quite slowly for the tracking to keep your object in sight. Smile and blink detection are also here, as is beauty shot which purports to adjust exposure to help make skin look good. All three are a bit gimmicky, and more useful is the range of scene and shooting modes.
My beef is with the credulous reviewer failing to have any perspective - yes, I am well aware that people who don't know better will buy the thing because of the megapixel number. But reviews are supposed to reflect reality, not parrot marketing material, and thus HELP people NOT make those mistakes. The sample photos posted here are not in any way shape or form "clear and of good quality", by any objective measure.
The best you could possibly say is that they're marginally better than the 5mp camera on a $100 phone. But the reviewer just lets the hype skate. That's the problem. The reviewer explicitly said that the phone existed to be a camera - so your argument is that we shouldn't complain about the camera quality because it's obviously not going to be good? Huh?
If the thing is meant mainly to be a camera, then the only reason to choose it over a DSLR is size - and there's no reason at all to choose it over a pocket point-and-shoot of similar size and far better glass quality - and then put the difference toward buying a really nice phone. The job of a review is to point this stuff out, and that wasn't done.
My K800i produced some awsome photos, 3.2mp is all the normal person needs PERIOD
if the dam thing had not kept breaking down I would still be using it.
whats with the numpties comparing a phone camera with digital cameras and DSLR's?
This phone camera is not meant to replace your digital camera. Of course the pictures from even a decent 5Mp camera can be better, they have bigger sensors and lenses etc. But this is on a phone that you carry everywhere with you and will take a picture when you otherwise would have had nothing. No-one is expecting to get DSLR or even good 5Mp camera quality pictures, but this phone camera will do when there is nothing better.
Obviously most people/consumers/sheep think that 12Mp phone cameras are going to be better than the ones on the last phone model so that reason along with ITS THE LATEST PHONE LOOK AT ME I AM COOL will be the main reason people buy this model and ones like it.
I dont expect wedding photographers are going to be pulling this out and taking snaps when the groom puts the ring on the brides finger. So can the camera snobs please gtfo and get a life.
@Pointless !! #
Why don't u think before u start typing ? The camera has a nice wide angle lens. Divx at 320x240 on a 3 inch screen is fine, in fact the pixels will be much smaller than the ones on a 1080P TV with a 32 inch screen. And as for the phone only being aimed at the people who are going to buy it.......well who else would they aim it at ?????
@Dick Emery Yes so many mugs are spouting bull about pixel density that a few companies are using a reduction in mega pixels as a marketing gimmick and your falling for it.
"Clear and of good quality"?
What are you smoking? Or have people stopped looking at actual photos, so now they think that noise-reduced, interpolated, smudged crap looks good?
How about this: Here's what a mid-level DSLR setup will do, from a friend of mine in the Czech republic. It doesn't cost a whole lot more than this phone, I suspect:
THAT is "clear and of good quality" - not the tripe sample shots you posted. And they're barely 1 megapixel as displayed. Huhh...
If the main reason for that phone to exist is the camera, then the lot of them would do well to pop out of existence immediately.