Orange monte carlo

The camera is one area where the Orange Monte Carlo disappoints.

Photos are shot at 5MP. The lens, which does have a small LED flash built in to help out a little with indoor low-light shooting, sits right against one edge of the chassis, and we accidentally covered it sometimes, making shooting tricky.

We found when shooting videos and taking photos outside that the screen was almost impossible to see in bright lighting conditions. Point and click often turned into "point, guess and click", because framing videos and still images was really difficult.

Orange monte carlo

On the plus side, the controls are easily accessible via onscreen icons, although you have to scroll down through quite a long list to adjust some settings.

There are very few effects, with just mono, sepia and negative on board. You've got some white balance settings too – the usual range of auto, incandescent, daylight, fluorescent and cloudy.

Orange monte carlo

SUNNY: This photo was taken on a reasonably sunny day, and you can see that the camera has trouble rendering the bright sky and darkish background

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Orange monte carlo

CONFUSED: The sun was behind us when we took this close up photo and the camera really struggles to differentiate light and shade

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REASONABLE: A fairly nice shot, though the yellow of the flowers was brighter than the photo suggests

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BLACK-AND-WHITE: Trying out the filters, the black and white option works well

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SEPIA: The sepia filter turns our yellow flowers into a more faded version of their former selves

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NEGATIVE: Negative mode does what you'd expect, and produces this spooky floral display

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