BlackBerry pearl 3g review

In 2010, a 3.2-megapixel camera isn't much to shout about. However, in practice, the camera, which also offers up autofocus, flash, 2.5x digital zoom and video recording, is more than adequate for the job and incredibly easy to use.

BlackBerry pearl 3g

It also works well with the other tools on the handset and offers plenty of options for photo quality and size, effects and geotagging of your snaps. Shortcut keys on the side of the handset also make it easy to capture that moment quickly and easily too.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

OUTDOORS: Images are more than acceptable, capturing a typical street shot here with all the detail you would hope.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

OUTDOOR CLOSE-UP: Alternatively, check out this outdoor close-up of some flowers. Again, it's not anywhere near SLR quality, but it is more than acceptable for a mobile camera.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

INDOORS: This isn't quite so sharp, even on a very bright day. But the image is clear, there's no blurring and the colours are reasonably true.

BlackBerry pearl 3g review

EFFECTS: As ever, an effect can hide a multitude of sins and the Sepia filter, used to capture the same area, does produce a good quality indoor snap.

Video is surprising good, with this film of a local traffic junction impressing both visually and audibly in light of our low expectations. Again, no substitute for a dedicated video camera, but for producing clips for the web, it's hard to criticise.

Sharing images is very easy too, with apps for the main photo sites, the option to email or MMS your snaps, as well as transfer to social networks, all at various sizes and image qualities, dependent on your needs. Just a click of a button brings up a thumbnail gallery too.

Shame the camera isn't a little better in terms of pixels, but in terms of use, it's hard to fault.


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