The five-megapixel camera on the Acer Liquid Metal has a few tricks up its sleeve, such as an anti-shake mode, smile shot and face tracking in stills mode.

The range of stills effects is limited to mono, negative, sepia and aqua, so there's nothing really fancy on offer, though there is a macro mode for taking the odd close-up and an LED light to help a little with indoor shots.

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INDOORS: The reasonably bright lighting of a shopping centre delivered fairly well-lit images, but you can see a huge white mass in the ceiling and the focus isn't all that wonderful

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POOR FOCUS: Problems with focusing were consistent in all our shots. This outdoor scene is pretty poor for a five-megapixel camera, with lots of the tree badly out of focus. Again the sky is a large white mass, giving more credence to our theory that the camera doesn't deal with variations in lighting very well

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GREY: More focus issues here, and while the colours of the playground equipment are fine, the sky is quite a poor mishmash

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DETAIL: We were fairly close to this subject, and the focus is, for once, fine. But the mirrored tiles of the mosaic reflected a bit of light even on our very dull winter's photography day, and again the lens fails to deal with the fluctuation