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Sony Ericsson Vivaz review | Digital camera

Published on: Monday, May 17th 2010                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Ericsson Vivaz digital camera

Sony Ericsson Vivaz digital camera

8.1 megapixel digital camera

Despite the fact that we don’t usually test Sony Ericsson cell phones, it is generally known that the cameras often show great results. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz has an integrated digital camera with a high resolution of 8.1 megapixels. On the side of the Vivaz we find two quick keys for the camera, one for video and one for photo. When we hold the Photo quick key down, the application is started up within seconds, so it does take a little while before you are set to shoot. If the application is already open, pretty much the whole screen is used as a viewfinder. Depending on the resolution (image ratio), sometimes you see beams on the side.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz camera phone

Sony Ericsson Vivaz camera phone

Photographic settings

When you touch the screen randomly, the options appear on the screen. At the top you see the resolution and the amount of photos that can be stored, and on the left there are several icons displayed where settings can be adjusted. The scene mode, recording mode and focus settings can be adjusted quickly here. For example, you can choose Smileshot, which works pretty well for that matter, or focus on a spot of your choice by clicking on it so that you can take a sharp photo in every situation. The settings are fairly succinct, as we have seen this done differently by Sony Ericsson before. The flash, if turned on, stays turned on all the time. This is not so pleasant for the people that are being photographed.

 

Sony Ericsson Vivaz camcorder

Sony Ericsson Vivaz camcorder

Sony Ericsson HD camcorder

Next to the photo quick key, there is also a special video quick key. The camcorder is activated with this quick key. On the one hand this is handy, but normally photo and video are accessed with the same quick key. Now, sometimes you want to make a video, but then you push the photo quick key by accident and the application is opened. The video function is important in the Vivaz, not only is it included in all communication, but on the back HD quality is written, in which the Sony Ericsson can record videos. The maximum resolution with which video can be recorded is 1280x720, or 720p. This allows for the material to be called High Definition video.

Sony Ericsson Vivaz camera application

Sony Ericsson Vivaz camera application

Sony Ericsson Vivaz photos

We have tested a Samsung with the possibility of recording in HD earlier. The result is similar; the resolution is good, only the quality is a bit disappointing. Especially when the lighting conditions are not optimal, digital noise becomes a problem. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz does not replace the camcorder. The photos made with the Sony Ericsson Viva, are however, as we are used to, simply good. The colors are nice and lively, the sharpness is fine and you can take a good photo under almost all circumstances. Despite the application and the placement of the camera on the back, this is an excellent part of this Symbian smartphone.

 
 
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