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Sony Ericsson K850i review | Camera

Published on: Tuesday, April 1st 2008                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Ericsson K850i review

Sony Ericsson K850i Menu

T he K850i's menu is neat and easy to operate, just as we are used to from Sony Ericsson. When opening the main menu, some twelve icons appear moving when selected. Confirming a choice is carried out by pressing the centre touch button. Next to the familiar icons you find the subjects Radio and Entertainment in the main menu of the Sony Ericsson K850i. Entertainment lets you edit pictures and music files and naturally the games are found here. You can scroll through the menu as usual using the button to go down, only at the settings menu the left and right arrow button can be used to switch between general settings, display settings etc. The menu works really good and very fast, without hindrances.

 

Sony Ericsson K850i Camera

Sony Ericsson K850i Camera

5 Megapixel digital camera

As mentioned before, the emphasis for the Sony Ericsson's K-series lies on the camera. The Sony Ericsson K850i has been equipped with a 5.0 Megapixel digital camera and makes quite nice pictures in various light circumstances. The right side of the cell phone carries the camera's on / off button. When the camera is activated, the lens cover will be removed automatically and the camera application gets started. Upon activating the camera a number of icons on the top will light up making it easy to quickly change the camera's settings. The mobile phone offers a nice addition next to the on/off button and the shutter release button for capturing pictures; a slider. The latter is also found on digital compact cameras enabling the user to select capturing pictures, recording videos and playback of the captured files.

Sony Ericsson K850i Xenon flash

Sony Ericsson K850i Xenon flash

CyberShot Macro photography

The auto focus ensures more precise focussing than the standard fixed focus lens. Macro mode can be used for taking extreme close-up pictures at which the camera deals with a depth of field as large as possible. Besides macro, the focus can be set to infinitive. Pictures taken in daylight turn out the most beautiful, but Sony Ericsson made sure to enable capturing your moments also when there is insufficient light. The Xenon flash offers the solution; it can be turned on, off and a special mode for red-eye reduction is available. Zooming in is also possible. The camera offers a 16x digital zoom. Unfortunately this affects the quality because a digital zoom makes a digital crop with loss of resolution as a consequence.

 

Sony Ericsson photos

Sony Ericsson photos

BestPic photo function

Besides panning or taking pictures with a frame, BestPic mode is offered. A nice option to beautifully capture playing children or moving objects. When this function is activated, the handset's camera makes four pictures before and four pictures after the moment a picture would usually be taken, allowing you to select the clearest and sharpest picture. This option enhances the chance of capturing a sharp picture considerably.

Sony Ericsson software

Sony Ericsson software

Edit photos with FotoDJ

This mobile phone not only takes pictures, but lets you share them with family and friends immediately. Of course MMS, Bluetooth and Email are available to do so. But the K850i also lets you upload your pictures straight to your very own image blog on the Internet instantly available for everyone. This is utterly convenient when you are on holiday. You just have to give out the Internet address in advance preventing you from having to send each picture individually and of course you don't need a computer on location. If the picture is not completely what you expected it to be, just use the photo editing program FotoDJ before uploading the picture.

 
 
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