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Nokia 7100 Supernova review | Menu & Digital Camera

Published on: Tuesday, April 7th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia 7100 Supernova Phone menu

Nokia 7100 Supernova Phone menu

Main menu of the Nokia Supernova

The menu of the Nokia 7100 is exactly like the one we're used to from Nokia - clear and straightforward. The main menu consists of some ten icons and can be displayed as either a list or a roster. Not only are standard options available in the menu, but the organizer and web browser can be found here as well. The menu is simple, clear and quite cheerful too, thanks to the color monitor. If you tilt the phone slightly, the change in contrast causes light text and pictures to become unclear. The navigation keys and the left and right selector can serve as shortcuts. This way you can customize the device and quickly access frequently used options such as text messages, the Bluetooth menu or the MP3 player function.

Nokia Supernova Digital camera

Nokia Supernova Digital camera

1.3 Megapixel basic digital camera

The integrated 1.3 Megapixel digital camera in the Nokia 7100 Supernova is activated by holding down the shortcut on the side. It takes awhile before it actually starts but eventually you can use the entire screen as a viewfinder when held horizontally. The image reproduces very slowly, which creates a jerky view as soon as you move. Also capturing a picture takes awhile which makes taking spontaneous snapshots practically impossible.

 

Nokia 7100 Supernova Video camera

Nokia 7100 Supernova Video camera

Recording videos on the Nokia Supernova

The video camera is automatically activated which may make you unintentionally record a video. Switching to the picture-taking mode has to be done by using the navigation keys. The settings are rather limited. You will only find a self-timer and a night mode in addition to the resolution and quality controls. Due to the lack of autofocus, taking a sharp picture is not always possible.

Nokia 7100 Supernova Camera

Nokia 7100 Supernova Camera

Nokia 7100 Supernova Camera quality

The pictures display quite nicely on the monitor. They are fairly recognizable and good enough to use as a background or to send via MMS. However; if you view the pictures on a computer, the quality is poor, to be blunt. You can hardly ever take a sharp picture. The pictures turn out blurred with meager coloring. The camera module was obviously not on the Nokia design department's priority list. That said; we are dealing with a basic phone here.

 
 
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