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LG KE970 Shine review | Camera

Published on: Wednesday, May 9th 2007                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

LG Shine - Camera

LG Shine - Camera

LG KE970 Shine - Camera

Like most modern telephones of today; the LG Shine is also equipped with a digital auto focus camera. This camera offers 2 Megapixel and a Schneider-Kreuznach lens. If you want to use the camera, all you have to do is press the release button and the camera will be activated. In addition, the LG Shine features a small flash that you can turn on and off. In on mode, the flash will be on continuously. A pity LG didn't equip the LG Shine with an automatic flash because now you have to turn the flash on and off which makes you miss the photographic moment.

LG Shine - Shutter lag

LG Shine - Shutter lag

LG KE970 Shine - Shutter lag

The camera suffers from shutter lag, which is not surprising. When pressing the release button completely down, it still takes a while before the camera actually makes the picture. Writing the picture onto the memory card of the camera also takes some time and that was rather annoying at times when I wanted to take pictures sequentially. Despite the flash the LG's camera encounters some problems taking pictures in bad light conditions. The effective range of such a small flash is obviously rather limited. And due to the fact that it takes a while before a picture is taken, they suffer from blur as a result of jitter in badly lit circumstances.

 

LG Shine - Camera quality

LG Shine - Camera quality

LG Shine - Camera quality

In general pictures taken by the digital camera of the LG KE970 Shine are fine, certainly when you take them outdoors in broad daylight. You can select various qualities and resolution settings. The lowest resolution is 320x240 and the highest is 1600x1200 pixels. Besides that you can choose from the following quality settings: normal, fine and superfine. Pictures made in the highest resolution and in good light circumstances are sharp and their colours are vivid. In larger rooms, badly lit, it is kind of hard to take pictures. Unfortunately they do suffer from digital noise. The white balance settings work well. When a picture turns out a bit yellowish or bluish, just adjust the white balance setting and the image will go back to its normal colour.

LG Shine - Camera settings

LG Shine - Camera settings

LG KE970 - Camera settings

The digital camera of the LG Shine offers many setting possibilities. Besides the quality settings it offers the possibility of setting the self-timer, a macro function, exposure metering values, a multi-shot mode and adjusting colour settings. The multi-shot mode is very convenient when you want to capture subjects that move fast. This mode does not solve every problem, for example shutter lag, but it will enable you to at least catch your subject, if you press the shutter button on time. For colour effects, black/white, sepia, negative and normal are available.

LG Shine - microSD card

LG Shine - microSD card

LG Shine - microSD memory

You can enhance the LG Shine's memory capacity by using a microSD memory card. There is a choice from many cards with different capacities and speeds. We chose the SanDisk 2GB microSD memory card because of the stability and speed of the SanDisk memory cards. You could also choose to purchase the 2GB micro SD Memory Kit. Not only will this give you a microSD but also a miniSD and an SD card. There are various possibilities of transferring files from the microSD memory card to a computer. A good choice would be the SanDisk Mobile Mate SD + 5 in 1 card reader. It is a very small card reader and therefore easy to carry with you.

 
 
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