There's no dedicated shutter button to fire up the 5Mp camera but you can include the camera icon on your home screen, and it's ready to go in about three seconds once you press it. Pictures are decent quality in good light but there's no flash, which is a shame.
5Mp camera, but no flash, surprisingly
There's a good range of picture options though, including an extremely wide 180-degree panorama shot, 4x digital zoom and smile detection. The action shot option will combine several shots into a single image – the results can be a bit uncertain, but can be fun – and multi-shot offers up to nine pics in quick succession.
You can record video in 720p HD with a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels and it looks pretty good, with smooth transition a minimum of jerkiness. There's a VGA camera on the front too for video calling. I had no problem with ordinary audio calls, the quality was always clear and never seemed to get muddy or distorted from the Galaxy S's speaker.
What I would like to know is...
How does it compare to the HTC Desire, or other Android phones? Maybe a roundup of the leading Android phones would be in order for those of us who aren't willing to drink the Apple Kool-Aid*?
*Disclaimer: If you are a member of the Cult of Jobs and thinking of flaming me for daring to criticise, bear in mind that my wings are like a shield of steel, and also that I really have heard it all before.
"They don't release any updates"
"Yes they do, they release plenty of updates"
"Well then they obviously release too many updates."
An early 2.2 release was released into the wild for the Galaxy S in the last 24 hours. Thats on top of the other 10 or so software updates that samsung have been working on since the phone was released.
Samsung are developing for this phone like crazy - IT WILL GET 2.2. Don't listen to the haters.