5MP isn't much these days for a high-end priced phone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 carries an 8MP primary cam, as does the Apple iPhone 4S.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

More megapixels doesn't necessarily guarantee better images, but while the camera is perfectly adequate, there is a noticeable difference in image quality between the Galaxy Beam and the iPhone 4S.

Scenic modes for shooting still images include: portrait, landscape, night, sports, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dawn, fall colour, firework, candlelight, backlight and 'text'.

Additionally there are plenty of settings for the enthusiastic amateur to get their teeth into: when shooting without a chosen scenic mode the exposure, white balance, ISO and focus are all available to alter manually, and easily reached inside shooting mode via the little cog menu icon.

You can tap to autofocus, though sometimes it loses the focus of the image before you have a chance to take the picture, and the macro mode does a good job of creating a nice bit of depth in the image anyway.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review
Taken in sports mode to capture the movement of the dog, the image retains shadow and light and colours are vivid in bright sunlight.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review
Taken without flash and in normal shooting mode, the camera autofocused on the balcony, rendering most of the shot blurry in the distance. Lit only where headlights and streetlights are.

Samsung Galaxy Beam
Taken in night mode which negates the use of flash, the scene is much better lit, though light-coloured parts of the image become blown out. The scene is much clearer, though the over-compensation for light means some colours are saturated and the actual light sources produce striations across the image.

Samsung Galaxy Beam
Taken in normal mode and macro shooting, the image creates good depth perception between the coaster and the camera. Colours are a little muted in the darker indoors light.