The BlackBerry Torch 9800 camera features a 5 megapixel camera with a flash embedded. I would have to say that it does shoot good pictures and videos but not great; it does not perform how it is supposed to be as a 5 megapixel camera. However, it is by far the best camera among all the BlackBerry in the market.
It has scene modes function to adjust the camera output accordingly (low light, portrait, landscape, close-up, etc.)
There are options allowing you to play your photos as slideshow, sharing your photos through email or uploading it to Facebook, embedding GPS coordinates into your photos each time they are taken, etc… Pretty much basic requirements for a smartphone camera these days i would say, although the camera does lags once in a while (i’m guessing it’s due to memory load processing).
Here are some sample photos taken using the BlackBerry Torch 9800 (without flash):
Well, it does take decent pictures under the condition of decent lighting or outdoor daylight. It gets very grainy and what they usually call it as ‘ISO noise’ when the lighting is not sufficient. Apart from that, take a look at these photos below:
It’s a comparison of two photos taken with the BlackBerry Torch 9800 as well as the iPhone 4. Both phones with 5 megapixel camera, autofocus and flash as well. If only you could see the differences…
The video camera mode does record video (well, obviously) but i wouldn’t say it is a good recording device. The video quality is mediocre-average, lacks advance features such as white balance setting, etc… The video resolution is a turn off, like what… 640×480? Seriously?? If only the BlackBerry Torch had at least a 720p HD video recording capabilities and a better camera processing technology or something, it would be a perfect device already!
My dissatisfaction on the BlackBerry Torch 9800 camera?
1) Very grainy / high ISO noise
2) Mediocre autofocus (especially for photo taking, video still not bad)
3) Inaccurate colour rendition and less vibrant
4) Inaccurate exposure adjustment (sometimes only, if it’s either too bright or too dark)
Other than that, it would be an awesome camera to have with your BlackBerry Torch 9800 and it is a definite improvement from the other existing BlackBerry smartphones. Good for casual users who doesn’t really mind about the quality, the format, and here and there…
P/S: Final BlackBerry Torch 9800 review post coming up soon! Please stay tuned… Will be showing the latest BlackBerry OS6 (with video)