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  Sony Ericsson T610 Camera Phone Review
Subject:   Camera
Date:   2003-12-12 03:27:44
From:   anonymous2
I must note that the photos quality is very very poor.

I agree that this is a very nice phone, the OS/Software is easy to use, but really the quality of the camera cannot be said as "OK", it is quite useless IMHO.

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  • Camera
    2003-12-22 11:55:39  anonymous2 [View]

    The T610 is an absolutely amazing phone, taking into account every feature .. including the size. Yes the Nokia 3650 may have a better picture taking resolution, but let's face it: the phone is a beast and no one wants to carry a "remote control" around in their pocket. The T610 is all around one of the finest phones available.
  • Todd Ogasawara photo Camera
    2003-12-12 13:21:24  Todd Ogasawara | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But, I certainly do not classify the T610's integrated camera as useless. If you look at the

    article comparing the T610 camera with other mini-camera systems
    I have on my personal site, you can see it actually compares pretty well with higher resolution cameras. Does it compare with a 5 megapixel camera? Not really. But, it sure is a lot easier to carry around and more likely to be with you for something interesting to photograph. I think the T610's camera is quite acceptable for what it was intended to do: Let you take quick unscheduled photographs anyplace and anytime. Are the photos suitable for an 8x10 print? No. Are they suitable for a 4x6 print? Well, with a little unsharp filter work and some contrast enhancement, the resulting prints can be ok. Certainly better than not having the photo at all. And, that, to me, is the value of any of these camera-phones. You can get the photo you would have otherwise completely missed...todd
    • Camera
      2004-11-25 21:51:09  GraemeT610user [View]

      In regards to the comments about the camera being useless and the different opinions. I brought one of the first ones available in tasmania well over 12 months ago I would think and I think It was a fairly new phone at the time. I agree the camera is worse than useless on my phone and a couple of others I have seen of the same age are equally useless, BUT I know of heaps of people who have got what must be second release units the phones look Identical but seem to be a bit quicker in the OS but the real difference is in the camera, we have downloaded photos from a friends via the infared on the laptop and printed quite ok snaps off the colour printer. I enquired at the Telstra shop why the differences, he indicated that they'd be from different batches and I could send my phone away for a software upgrade but this would cost and take a few weeks. So I agree that SOME of the cameras are useless, but there is a way to get better results if your willing to wait so don't knock an otherwise excellent phone.
    • T616 Camera almost useless
      2003-12-15 07:27:20  anonymous2 [View]

      The T616 camera is not completely useless. It is fine for creating custom wallpaper for the phone. I had one of the T616 images printed on photo paper (4x6 and wallet size). The wallet size looked terrible. The 4x6 was awful. I don't see how Photoshop could fix this mess.

      Other than the camera, the T616 is fine. The menuing is a bit excessive.

      The T616 is my wife's phone. I have a Nokia 3650 whose photo quality is superior to anything else I have seen. It even makes good 4x6 prints (a bit fuzzy).
  • Camera
    2003-12-12 05:10:45  anonymous2 [View]

    You don't make clear your frame of reference.

    Are you saying that it is poor by the standard of cameraphones at this price-point, or are you making an absolute aesthetic judgement that pictures below a certain quality threshold are of no use.
    • Camera
      2003-12-14 23:53:05  jwenting [View]

      IMO the second is true without doubt.
      Whether the first is true or not I cannot tell as I don't have a T610. I do have a Nokia 3650 and I consirer the camera in that one to be useless. I've used it once to record a background for the camera but never again.
      Maybe the fact that I am a photography buff and at any time carry at least one (and more often than not two) cameras with me has something to do with this (my poorest camera otherwise is a 5MP Nikon).
      • Camera
        2003-12-15 07:31:57  anonymous2 [View]

        If you want to be absolute, compared to a 5 megapixel Nikon, almost everything sucks....You must have great eyes, being able to accurately evaluate the quality of an image on a 1.5in by 2in screen....

        Considering that the 3650 image is 640x480, the picture quality is decent. I never use anything but high quality mode.
        • Camera
          2003-12-23 09:48:50  anonymous2 [View]

          I never thought about using phones camera to take pictures siriously. It's intended to take pictures of friends (to set conjunction to a number in phonebook) and for fun (IMHO). And I think phones will never be used as an even amateur digital photocamera. Maybe in a few years there will be a videophones in common use, but they will never have such pozibilities like amateurs digi camcorders. In a future will be devices containing everything human needs (phone, computer, watch, ebook, camera, camcorder, passport, keys, health book, personal advisor etc. etc.

          Back to T610 - I was amazingly surpriced by this phone ease of use, user friendly soft, beautiness etc. You know what I mean - you are using one application of two with the same abilities but with nicer menus, windows etc. I had posibility to compare a Motorola, Nokia and Siemens phones, and trully I like SE most. It is just .... nicer.

          • Camera
            2004-02-06 12:41:36  kirk_donovan [View]

            You can not compare a phone with a real camera!!!

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            • Camera
              2005-04-06 13:44:38  SOKRE [View]