The screen delivers 240 x 320 pixels and 256,000 colours. It is reasonably good, though I have seen better.
The numberpad area and the screen are a long way apart from each other but there is a good reason for this. You can swivel the top and bottom sections of the KG920 around so that the camera lens is either sitting on the back of the phone or lodged under the screen. Either way the screen acts as a viewfinder, and this arrangement makes it as easy to take photos that of yourself as it is to take those of what you can see. It is a simple, clever system, and I actually prefer it to the more cumbersome contortions employed by the last twisty handset I looked at, Nokia’s fancy N93.
The maximum still image resolution of the camera is 2,592 x 1,944 pixels. You can also shoot stills at five other resolutions down to MMS quality. There is an autofocus, which can be set to either concentrate on the centre of your image or use multiple points – quite a sophisticated feature for a handset phone.
There is a sequence shot mode that can take up to six shots in quick succession, but you need to be using one of the lower resolutions for this to function – at the top res you can only shoot one image at a time.
Black and white, sepia and negative filters, redeye reduction and settings for close-ups, portrait, landscape, sports and dusk shots are all included. The range available isn’t up to what you’d expect from a dedicated digital camera, but accessing the set is easy – you just use a softmenu button and the navigation pad.
In general I found the autofocus pretty slow, literally waiting for a couple of seconds for it to settle enough for some shots, and that means truly spontaneous snaps are out of the question. There was also quite a wait while highest resolution shots saved to the memory card – they average around 2MB each.
One of the biggest disappointments is that there is no optical zoom. I’d advise that the 4x digital zoom is to be avoided. And if you want high quality video then look elsewhere as the only resolutions on offer here are 176 x 144 and 320 x 240.
The Xenon flash works fairly well indoors though, and in general images were a lot clearer and sharper, and delivered better colour than I am used to seeing with a phone camera. My reference shot of the coloured plate was bright and clear. Outdoor scenes were also pretty good and the samples show a panorama with some foreground detail and a colourful closer range shot of book covers, illustrating that the camera works well in a range of situations.