Samsung galaxy apollo

The camera is the same advanced tool found in the Samsung Galaxy S. Options are everywhere, with users able to select the brightness balance and pick from numerous scene shooting modes and setups. Hours of fun.

Samsung galaxy apollo

You're even able to stitch together your own panorama shots through the handset, with the phone popping up a guide square over the image on screen that tells you where to take the next picture.

Panorama shots come out as disappointingly small super-super-widescreen images, but they are at least stitched together quite seamlessly.

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PANORAMA: Tiny end results, but you do get a good 180-degree composition of your surroundings

There's a Continuous Shooting option that fires off nine (massively reduced size and resolution) shots in quick succession, plus Smile Detection, a Night Mode, a Sports option for fast-moving things and much more. There's even a digital zoom on here, although picture quality suffers as a result.

It's a proper camera, basically, albeit one with only a 3.2-megapixel sensor.

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MAGIC: Macro mode isn't the greatest, but image results are remarkably sharp for a 3.2-megapixel mobile camera

General photo quality is good, with much less in the way of blotchiness than you find on the images produced by other entry level Android phones like the Vodafone 845.

Sadly there's no flash, and the macro mode auto-focusing is rather slow and doesn't let you get particularly close to your target, but it's still an impressively well-featured camera for a smartphone.

Video files emerge from the camera as 3GP files in a slightly disappointing 324 x 240 resolution, which is nothing like the awesome 720p recording offered by the all-powerful Samsung Galaxy S, but at least picture quality is acceptable.

The Galaxy Apollo is no HD movie production powerhouse, but the resulting video footage is bright and sharp, it copes well with movement, and faces aren't reduced to a pixellated mess. It'll do.