Samsung omnia 7

We'd have bet good money that Samsung would have wanted to bring out the Windows Phone 7 handset that had the best camera, but that's not the case here.

Instead of the 8MP camera with Xenon flash on the HTC Mozart, the Samsung Omnia 7 comes with a pretty basic 5MP option with only a single LED flash.

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The camera interface is pretty basic too, but it's easily accessed from the phone's screen, and enables you to change the focus mode, ISO levels and a constant option to change the flash, which we're glad Microsoft has realised is among the most often used features.

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The same can be said for video where, like the camera mode, the light can be toggled on and off for easy use and there is a basic range of options to mess with resolution and the like.

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The flash can be used to good effect in brighter situations

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However in darker scenes it completely washes out the subject; this was the third attempt from progressively further away

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Despite the hilarity of a dental fitness centre, the background light still bleeds into this quick snap

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A mixed scene will show up better however, with some nice detail captured

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Despite the super-fast camera loading, the Samsung Omnia 7 still has problems capturing a quick snap

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The Omnia 7 does its best in bright light - a good portion of detail is captured here although the contrast isn't the greatest

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Again a brightly lit scene works well on the Omnia 7

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Macro mode took a couple of tries to get correctly in focus, but the results are quite detailed

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Captured with the standard auto mode

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With high contrast

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With low contrast

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Zooming in loses most of the detail in the picture

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It's possible to take some stunning shots with the camera - it's perfectly passable for the odd point and shoot but it's not enough to label the snapper on the Omnia 7 as a killer feature

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