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With the HTC ChaCha and INQ Cloud Touch both packing 5MP, the Vodafone 555 Blue is an instant letdown at 2MP. It does have a single LED flash – a small saving grace – but that doesn't stop photos looking grainy on the 320 x 240 pixel display.
Any pictures you do upload to Facebook, then, are going to be rather blurry disappointments. Colours are decently true to life, if a little dull, and there are no editing tools to speak of.
The camera itself has few modes: there's the Night mode and Video mode, and that's about it. You can change the brightness a little, but we couldn't see that it made any discernable difference to the photo quality. You can zoom, if you knock down the image quality, but what you gain in closeness to your subject you'll lose in clarity.
The camera will automatically switch off if left unused for a few seconds, and can be reached via the keyboard shortcut key.
NO FLASH: Taken without a flash, this grainy image is lacking much detail, although the colours are accurate and some of the blue of the sky was captured.
NIGHT: Again taken without flash, the lights and colours that were so bright in person are barely picked up by the camera, with most of the subject staying in darkness.
NOISY: This picture, taken in direct sunlight, results in surprisingly realistic colours, but the shadows are quite intense, putting the rest of the image almost entirely in darkness. Again, the image is noisy and lacks overall detail.
DARK: Taken outside on a sunny day, without flash, the overall tone of the picture is quite dark
GREY: Also taken on a sunny day, with no flash, the colours are washed out, resulting in the blue sky looking particularly grey
DIM: Taken indoors while light outside, without flash. It doesn't pick up the light source from the candle very well, and the overall picture quality is dim.
REFLECTIONS: Taken indoors while light outside, with flash. Objects can be seen more fully, but the flash reflects badly off the table surface, washing out the centre of the image.
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