EE Rook – Camera
The EE Rook has two cameras. The first is rear-facing, and uses a 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor.
While autofocus and flash are absent on the Rook, there is a 4x digital zoom. Quality degrades significantly when zooming, but that’s to be expected. Also, if you’re in anything less than bright outdoor lighting, detail is severely lacking.
However, with some decent lighting, a steady grip, and some Instagram filter trickery, you can certainly wing photos that are good enough for social media.
There are a number of capture modes that look to improve snaps too, including EV, scene, colour effect, continuous shot, face detection, anti-flicker, plus settings for picture size and white balance.
The front-facing camera is an equally unimpressive 0.3-megapixel unit that would make us scoff if it was on any other phone.
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But this is the Rook, and it’s cheap, so the fact that it even has a front-facing camera is a remarkable feat.
It’s a great inclusion because it means you can make video calls and send selfies to your friends/relatives/co-workers on Snapchat.
You can record video with the rear camera at 30 frames per second, or 15 frames per second in night mode. Quality isn’t great, though.
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