Samsung i8510 (Innov8) - Samsung i8510

By Sandra Vogel

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

9

So, what about the camera, then?

Well, its 8-megapixel sensor is only part of the story. There is no optical zoom, which is a pity, and the flash is dual LED rather than Xenon.

When you start the camera software running by pressing a side button, the lens cover snaps aside. It pops back when you stop using the camera. This is a small touch but it gives the i8510 an air of quality.

There’s a macro mode, and the Sempervivum plant was taken using this at a range of about 5cm, with the result being rather good. As for my other standard test shots, the coloured dish is sharp and accurate and the chair is uniformly white with well-captured detail.

I took the opportunity to grab some shots of the latest feline addition to the household, Angus. These photos display nicely the camera’s sharpness, and his colouring is spot on. However, I had to discard more photos than I kept thanks to considerable shutter lag.

Smile detection, face detection and blink detection should help with portraits, and you can geotag images. Panorama mode lets you move the phone round while it shoots a sequence of photos automatically. It is very clever and I’d like to see it on more phones, but it only works at 640 x 480 and 320 x 240. A side button flicks you between camera, movie and gallery modes, and you can edit both movies and stills.

There’s also an application called SmartReader which converts photographed business cards into contact book entries. It worked well with the sample business cards I tried.

Other applications include mobile email, sound recorder, DivX playback, RealPlayer, calculator, unit converter, notes taker, calendar, some games, and readers for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF format documents.

Verdict

The i8510 is certainly packed with features and it handles well. It is large for the pocket, but the image quality of its camera is splendid. That said, shots aren’t exponentially better than you’d get with a top-grade 5-megapxiel cameraphone, so don't be lured in purely by the headline-grabbing 8-megapixels.

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Big Rich

September 26, 2008, 7:47 pm

A lovely looking phone and to be honest I am very tempted, well I was until I saw the details on the m8800!

inzimam

September 26, 2008, 8:33 pm

I've had a look at this phone and I don't like it. I've got an N95-8GB at the moment and I feel the Innov8 is far to big. It may not be as thick as the n95, but its longer and I believe a little wider. It just doesn't fit well in the hand for me personally.





I'm looking forward to seeing the N96 and of course the new touch screen phones, but as my upgrade is not due till Feb, I reckon I'll just have to hold out till then!

adoniteINK

September 26, 2008, 11:26 pm

All hail the new :swiss knife" of mobile phones

Harry Fowler

October 12, 2008, 2:16 am

As probably mentioned in a previous article, the 8 megapixel tag doesn't make it a good camera, expecially not compared to dedicated compact and DSLR camera. Obviously picture quality is determined by the size of the sensor and they have to fit a much smaller one into a mobile phone resulting in a decrease of picture quality compared to a dedicated camera.

Dazza

November 28, 2008, 7:13 pm

I bought one off contract and it died after 2 weeks. 9 weeks later Samsung are unable to get the parts for their own phone. It's a good phone when it works.

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