Orange san francisco 2 review

The Orange San Francisco 2 actually has two cameras, which is quite a coup for a budget smartphone. The one on the front is up to shooting VGA pictures, which might be useful if you like taking shots of your own face.

Orange san francisco 2 review

The main camera has a dinky little flash that's not up to much of anything, and it shoots 5MP stills. Camera controls are on small touchscreen icons to the left of the main panel, so they're easy to get to and use.

Orange san francisco 2 review

The Orange San Francisco 2's range of shooting modes isn't vast, but considering the low cost of this handset, the phone's camera is a reasonably good performer.

The scene modes run to the usual black and white, sepia and negative, and there are auto white balance settings for incandescent, daylight, fluorescent and cloudy conditions, but not really many settings to twiddle with.

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AUTO FOCUS: The camera did fairly well indoors in well-lit conditions without the flash, and the auto focusing in this sample shot shows that it has a fairly good grasp of what it is doing.

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INDOOR: In less well-lit indoor conditions the camera still did its best, and this photo was taken at a level of ambient lighting that can cause problems for mobile phone cameras.

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DULL OUTSIDE: Whenever we took the camera outside, we weren't blessed with great weather conditions. And this photo, taken on a dull stormy day, really does struggle with light levels.

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LOW LIGHT: Light levels are a problem again in this outdoor shot, with the ground lacking definition and colour depth.

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BLACK AND WHITE: Moving in to black and white mode the camera again has difficulty, because the vast expanse of sky means it can't let enough light in to deal with the low level detail.

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SEPIA: When pushed into sepia mode the camera performs a little better.

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NEGATIVE MODE: When we move to negative mode, the Orange San Francisco 2's camera makes a nice job of the cloud scene, producing a rather eerie result.