Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C902

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Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C902

Can this phone compete with a dedicated camera?

Pros: Excellent design, compact-esque functionality
Cons: Images are still behind compacts, for the time being!

With the recent announcement of the 8.1MP C905, Sony Ericsson has
made yet another leap forward in the race to dispense of compact
cameras by way of integrating increasingly more sophisticated imaging
devices into a conventional mobile phone handset.

One of the appealing
facets of Sony Ericsson is its approach to innovation - rather than
solely pursue the ‘bottom line' megapixel count, Sony Ericsson has
instead added further functionality to its handsets, as can be seen in
the all-singing, all-dancing C902.

Sony Ericsson took a large step
forward with the previously reviewed K850i, insofar as the handset
featured dedicated camera operating buttons allowing quick access to
functions such as scene modes and flash operation, and much the same
rings true with the C902. The camera is automatically activated by
opening the lens cover that's built into the handset's body. Once
activated, touch-sensitive mode buttons illuminate upon either side of
the TFT screen, again offering easy access to the focus mode, flash,
scene modes and the like.

This intelligent design is paired with some
real technological innovation in the field of cameraphones as the C902
now comes with face-detection, image stabilisation and ‘photo fix'
technology. In addition, various web-based photo functions are also
offered, such as the capacity to post directly to a blog and the
ability to place the photo on a map.

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Verdict

Overall, the C902 offers an awful lot for a cameraphone. There are, understandably, still limitations posed by the nature of the device – the C902 lacks an optical zoom of any sort and images are a touch grainy and slightly lacking in sharpness when viewed at 100% (though this is understandable considering the size of the sensor and lens). While it may not yet be time to ditch your compact, who can predict what we’ll be carrying in two years’ time?

Verdict

Overall, the C902 offers an awful lot for a cameraphone. There are, understandably, still limitations posed by the nature of the device – the C902 lacks an optical zoom of any sort and images are a touch grainy and slightly lacking in sharpness when viewed at 100% (though this is understandable considering the size of the sensor and lens). While it may not yet be time to ditch your compact, who can predict what we’ll be carrying in two years’ time?

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