Sony Ericsson Vivaz review

HD video recording - but is it better than the Satio?

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The camera is where Sony Ericsson intends the Vivaz to shine, with 8.1-megapixels to play with on still shots and the ability to shoot 720p HD video.

There are separate buttons to launch the video and still-shot camera functions, as well as the on-screen option to swap between the two.

Despite the one-button process, the camera is a little slow to get up to speed.

Using the camera functions was a breeze, with on-screen icons showing the current setup at a glance and housing menus for swapping between different features.

There is a whole range of shooting options available on the Vivaz, on a par with a number of mid-range compact digital cameras.

Although there's no manual focus you can choose between full autofocus, or specialist options for specific types of shots; macro for close-ups, infinite mode for landscape shots and portrait mode.

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TEST SHOT: Infinite focus for landscape shots – the colours here have come out slightly washed out

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TEST SHOT: The panorama function is really nice to use, with instructive on-screen motion detection helping you get a seamless shot

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TEST SHOT: The camera didn't fare so well on moving objects, even in sports mode, with images coming out fuzzy and, in some cases, pixelated

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TEST SHOT: Direct light was not handled brilliantly, with the whole image coming out much darker than it should have

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TEST SHOT: Macro focus is useful for close-up shots, although we found on other shots that it tended to focus on the wrong things – like objects further from the lens

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TEST SHOT: Using the camera's light in low light was very effective, although the 'low-light' mode came out slightly grainy

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The Sony Ericsson Vivaz 8.1MP camera also has built-in effects. These are the solarise and sepia effects - although the latter is not as rusty as we'd like it to be.

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The camera also handled colours well, even in incandescent light.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported16 GB
Built-in Memory95 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution8.1 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemSymbian
Brand NameSony Mobile
Battery Talk Time20 Minute
Product ModelVivaz
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution640 x 360
Weight (Approximate)97 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionSymbian S60
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107 mm
Width52 mm
Depth12.5 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time430 Hour
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NameVivaz Smartphone
Processor Speed720 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer
Manufacturer Part NumberVivaz
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Life as you see it. In brilliant HD with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz phone. Since you're there to enjoy it: why not shoot and share? Place yourself in the director's chair. Or just let the camera roll. One press on the dedicated video key and you're ready to record. Volleyball on the beach. Frisbee in the park. Continuous auto focus lets you catch all the action and movement in perfect clarity. Show the world what a big shot you are. Upload your masterpieces to YouTube or Picasa via Wi-Fi.