Speaking of painful, don't expect much from the Samsung Brightside's 3.2 megapixel camera, either. Although it does offer four different resolutions for still images – from 640x480 up to 2048x1536 – users are likely to find only disappointment here.
Even outdoors in bright sunlight, images were missing detail and definition, with muted color but reasonable contrast. Indoor shots fare worse, since the Brightside camera lacks autofocus as well as any kind of flash.
On the (wait for it) bright side, the camera software is actually quite full-featured for the most part, and easily accessible with a push of the dedicated camera button (but only when the screen is unlocked). A built-in image editor allows for quick tweaks to contrast, saturation, blur and brightness as well as rotate, crop and effects.
We're not quite sure what Samsung was thinking by including video recording functionality on the Brightside, since it's locked to one meager size: 176x144. Sure, it might be fine for sharing goofy videos with your pals via MMS, but it's safe to say, the Brightside is clearly not a good choice for recording or playing back videos.