Nokia Lumia 610 review

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The cheapest Windows Phone available, but does it sacrifice too much?

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The Nokia Lumia 610 has a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. There's no front-facing camera, so this is all you get. You can tap an area of the screen to autofocus on specific things or you can just use the dedicated camera button to take shots.

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This button is a great addition for budding photographers, enabling photos to be taken more quickly and easily than on phones where you have to tap a specific part of the screen. The camera button can also be held down for a few seconds to launch the camera even when the phone is locked, making it quick and easy to take photos at any time, although this option can be disabled if you'd prefer.

The only downside we saw to this camera button was that it's a little stiff, which can lead to some camerashake when trying to press it, but a firm grip on the phone will generally prevent this.

There's a handful of scene modes on offer - the Nokia Lumia 610 defaults to Auto, but it can be changed to others, such as Macro, Landscape and Night. If you fancy tinkering for yourself you can also manually set up the camera by adjusting ISO, white balance, exposure value and other settings to create the perfect shot.

Plus there are a few silly effects such as Sepia and Negative. All of these options, along with the controls for turning flash on or off, are found in the camera settings menu, which can be reached at the press of a button from the camera app.

It's reasonably quick and easy to get into and change things, though we do wish there was a way to make it faster still so that you don't miss key photo opportunities while you're trying to alter the settings.

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Close ups taken in macro mode managed an impressive amount of detail and a fairly crisp image.

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However, when taking extreme close ups the camera struggled to focus.

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Busy landscapes lacked detail even when using landscape mode.

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With the camera set to Auto mode, general scenery shots came out quite well.

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In Sport mode, fast moving traffic came out slightly blurred, but it could be a lot worse.

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Portraits consistently failed to accurately handle skin tones, turning faces a reddish colour.

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Brightly lit rooms appear slightly washed out.

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Dark indoor scenes really struggled without flash.

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But even with flash, the resulting images lacked detail and displayed noise.

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Candlelight mode suffered from a lot of noise.

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The Nokia Lumia 610 struggled even more at night, producing noisy images with unnaturally blue skies.

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The ever popular Sepia mode makes an expected appearance.

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There's also a software zoom on the camera, but of course using it causes the pictures to lose detail. The shots we took with this were really disappointing, usually coming out as a blurred mess.

There aren't really any built-in editing options, but there is an auto-fix, which brightens dark photos up considerably.

Video

Though the Nokia Lumia 610 does have a video camera, it fails to particularly impress. For a start, it only shoots in VGA, so while the resolution just about suffices for YouTube and Facebook, it's not going to amaze anyone. It does manage 30fps though, which is at least competitive.

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Getting into video mode takes one more button press than getting into the camera, as you have to launch the camera and then switch to video. It always defaults back to the stills camera when you exit the app and go back in, which makes sense, because the camera will probably get more use from most people.

You start and stop recording with the hardware camera button - tapping on the screen doesn't seem to do anything in video mode.

The settings that you can play with are much the same as those for the stills camera, with the same selection of scene modes and effects. And while it taunts you with a 'resolution' option, this is unchangeable, staying fixed at VGA.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyLumia
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourWhite
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameNokia
Battery Talk Time10.50 Hour
Product Model610
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)131.5 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityChina RoHS, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Phone 7.5
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density252 ppi
Height119 mm
Width62 mm
Depth12 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time670 Hour
ManufacturerNokia
Product NameLumia 610 Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Product LineLumia
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number0020K39
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nokia.co.uk
Marketing InformationExplore the world with Nokia Lumia

Every day in every city around the world, people are pursuing their own adventures, big or small. Explore the world around you with amazing camera technology, exclusive Live Tile apps and unique design features. This is Lumia.

Limited Warranty2 Year