Sony Ericsson Vivaz review

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

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz HD Video

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz SD Video

The sound quality is better in the HD recording here, as is the image which is much crisper and doesn't suffer from the visual noise in the SD clip (QVGA 320 x 240). While the SD clip looks like it was taken with a camera phone, the HD clip does not.

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This was shot indoors in low light using the camera light which washes the van out a little as it's close to the lamp. You can also see the camera trying to auto-focus throughout; this is a nice touch in the right circumstances, but can get a little annoying.

On a number of separate occasions, recording would begin but get stuck on a single frame – sound would continue to record but the images wouldn't.

This was frustrating when filming one-off occurrences like a couple of randy squirrels frolicking through the park, and happened more than three times rendering it really quite unreliable.

On other occasions however, the video function would work without a hitch.

Comparison to Samsung i8910HD

Sony ericsson vivaz

It's hard to work out which of these phones is better - on the one hand, the price of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz is around £70 cheaper than the older Samsung i8910HD - but the latter offers a lot of extra features.

On the media front, both can capture 720p video, and both can do so at 24fps. We're tempted to say that the Vivaz looks slightly better on the PC screen, but once you run them both through a TV there's very little to choose from.

Add in the fact that the 8MP camera on the i8190HD is, we think, a touch better than the Vivaz's, and the fact it has a massive OLED screen to watch media on, and we still believe Samsung's media behemoth is the better option.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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.