Sony Ericsson K800i mobile phone

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Sony Ericsson K800i

Review of the Sony Ericsson K800i mobile phone

Pros: Image quality compared to other camera phones
Cons: Still only the image quality you would get from a 3MP digital compact four or five years ago

Leaving aside the image quality, camera phones have either been okay as
phones but fiddly as cameras, or passable as cameras but big and clunky
as phones. But Sony Ericsson is obviously confident in the K800i
because it's the first phone that it's bestowed with its respected
Cyber-shot camera brand.

It's a great-looking phone, with good ergonomics and a menu system that makes sense.

It
has an MP3 player, FM radio and some slick-looking games. But it's the
K800i's functionality as a 3MP camera that we're interested in. To
perform the magic transformation from phone to camera you simply turn
it 90° and slide down the lens cover on the back. There's a shutter
button on what is now the top so, superficially, it handles just like a
proper camera.

From the subject's perspective it looks like one, too. It even has a flash.

The
settings button accesses a range of icon-based controls, including
focus, metering and white balance. There's a panorama mode which
stitches up to three frames, BestPic mode (which takes nine shots
virtually simultaneously and lets you choose the best one) and a
selection of fun frames, where you can superimpose a face into a
selection of templates, including Elvis and a white rabbit. Once the
shot is taken, there are a few basic on-board editing features, such as
Levels, red-eye removal and Add Text.

Image-quality
expectations weren't high, but they were exceeded in spades. Sure you
can see the compression, and there's visible fringing in high-contrast
shots, but the overall quality is pretty reasonable for what they are.
In fact, they remind me of 3MP digital compacts of four or five years
ago. We even managed to make some passable A4 prints.

Verdict:
Impressed with this camera phone - it's one of the best curently available. 

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