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LG Arena review | Digital Camera

Published on: Monday, May 25th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

LG Arena digital camera

LG Arena digital camera

5 Megapixel digital camera

The LG Arena features an integrated digital camera with a resolution of 5.0 Megapixels. This enables you to capture nice moments at any time and in any place. To be able to take pictures, you have to start the camera application via the menu, or through one of the few shortcuts on the side of the mobile phone. Starting up takes its time; from the moment of pressing it until the moment you can actually capture a picture, it will take approximately 3 to 4 seconds. The shortcut is not all that pleasant to use, while it sometimes just doesn't respond well enough.

Shooting with the LG Arena

Shooting with the LG Arena

LG Arena electronic viewfinder

Once the application is started, almost the entire monitor serves as a viewfinder; only on the right side, a few fixed icons are positioned. The other shortcuts disappear, but will reappear when you touch the screen. The appearing icons will provide quick access to settings for the photo mode and the flash, or the full settings menu. This makes it easy and fast to change the capture mode and the flash settings. When macro mode is activated, a pictogram will remain visible. You have to deactivate this manually, since the last activated application remains active when you start the application again.

 

LG Arena camera phone

LG Arena camera phone

LG Arena KM900 camera settings

There is a separate menu available for more settings. This menu looks neat, although it works as a dial, which means you can only rotate it one step at a time. So if you want to add the sepia effect, you have to go to settings, almost completely rotating the dial through approximately 8 options, and after the picture is taken, you have to do it all over again to set the standard capture. In addition to selecting effects in the menu, you can also adjust ISO values (up to 800 ISO), set the timer and GEO tagging, thus providing pictures with GPS locations.

LG Arena mobile photography

LG Arena mobile photography

LG Arena Face recognition

Face recognition is available on the LG Arena. The camera actually detects and tracks faces, upon which it adjusts focus accordingly. This works very well indeed. The quality of focusing is acceptable, as long as you keep the camera really still. Close-ups do not stand out when it comes to quality. The overall quality of the pictures is fine. The colors could use a little extra saturation to make them stand out a bit more. Noise is visible quite soon which decreases the quality.

 
 
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