Dell Streak review: Camera

Dell streak review: camera app

You can adjust white balance to counter the orange effect of flourescent light, for example. You can set the flash to auto, off or always on.

In the app's settings you can also change the brightness, contrast, scene mode (such as portrait, sports, scenery and so on) as well as reducing the MP count to something smaller, making files easier to upload.

The Dell Streak has a slight edge on most other devices in the camera department because it has a dedicated camera button, which seems to be a rarity these days.

The only problem is that it's rather flush to the camera casing, and we found it hard to press it through its two-stage focus and shutter release without wobbling the phone a little. You can use the on-screen shutter button to avoid this, if you suffer a similar problem.

Dell streak review

The camera itself is a 5MP sensor capable of 720p HD video. While this is quite impressive, we wouldn't suggest the quality of the video was comparable to even a cheap camcorder of a similar resolution.

Close-up shots seemed to confuse the Streak a little. With something like the Desire HD, the camera app did a great job of adjusting the flash level to give a properly exposed photo. The Streak didn't seem to be able to do this, overexposing the close-up. We turned off the flash and it then did a reasonable job of the picture.

Dell streak review

As well as the 5MP camera on the back, the Streak has a handy front-facing VGA camera. While we've not really had any need for a front-facing camera yet, there's no doubt that when the apps start appearing that make use of them, they'll become a must-have on new phones.

Sample shots:

Dell streak review: sample shot 1

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: sample shot 2

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 3

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 4

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 5

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 6

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 7

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 8

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 9

See the full size image here.

Dell streak review: test shots 10

See the full size image here.