Samsung SGH-G800 Review - Samsung SGH-G800 Review


The G800 is a 3G handset and it includes a front-facing camera for making video calls. But more exciting than that, perhaps, is that it supports 7.2Mbps connections.

Now, don’t get too enthusiastic about 7.2Mbps just yet. In the UK that speed is only currently offered by Vodafone, and only then in a few central London postcodes and some airports. But if you want to future-proof yourself, then hey, you can go for it with this mobile, as 7.2Mbps will become more widespread as time goes on.

So, the camera. That already noted sliding lens cover offers protection when you are not shooting, and revealing the lens starts the camera software rolling. A side mounted button takes shots, and the volume rocker doubles for zooming. The optical zooming itself all happens internally, so there is no protruding lens to worry about.

All the other camera controls area easily accessed from the softmenu buttons, and it’s a fairly undemanding process to learn how to get around them. There is even quick access to the macro mode and flash from the navigation button so you don’t have to step through several options to get to these often-used features.

Image files are fairly large for a mobile phone averaging about 2MB each when shot at 5-megapixels, but they are still quite compressed in comparison to what you’d expect from a dedicated digital camera, and that means there’s some image degradation.

Indoors the coloured dish, shot under normal household lighting and with the settings on auto isn’t as good as I’d have liked. Indeed the camera consistently performed better outdoors than in. You need to fiddle with the settings and use the flash more often to get better images indoors.

The white chair, also taken at 3x optical zoom, shows the camera’s ability to pick up detail quite nicely. The macro shot, a close-up of gorse flowers, picks up the detail well, and the scenic view is also not too bad a photo in terms of image quality.

Personally, I’d still prefer to use a dedicated digital camera, but the G800 undoubtedly delivers to a better standard than many mobile phones I’ve reviewed. And with features like an anti-shake mode, face detection, a proper xenon flash and autofocus to help you out, taking photos you are happy to keep and to even to print is certainly within the G800’s capabilities.

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