Sony Ericsson K810 Review: A Cyber-shot Is Reborn: Camera, Web Browser, Connectivity

By 04:55 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 Comments


Not a real capturing camera upgrade

The Sony Ericsson K810 has the same capturing camera as the one in K800 so we wouldn't expect more from it. The user interface has received a slight facelift but we already saw that in Sony Ericsson K550 and in Sony Ericsson W880 which we reviewed not long ago.





Camera viewfinder • using the recent capturing camera keys • viewfinder interface

The capturing camera offers night mode, self-timer, panorama, frames, and burst shooting modes. It also features white balance correction. Several color effects are available, too. The BestPic shoot mode is present here - it lacked in the Cyber-shot cameraphone Sony Ericsson K550 but then again it had a Burst shot mode which slightly compensated for the fact. There is a macro mode plus some controls for the Xenon flash which yet remains the only flash of this type used in a mobile phone. The flash has a Red eye reduction option which makes the light output a bit weaker.







Some capturing camera menu options

Sony Ericsson claims that the capturing camera module and the software in the recent K810 model is exactly the same as in the older K800 model, which we got to know well from our shootouts. Anyway, we decided to snap a few photos just to be sure. For some reason, K810 handles the macro shots in the studio better than the K800 unit. The colors are spot on and the auto-focus is absolutely reliable. You can see here how K800 performed under the same conditions.

















The quality of the outdoor shots is high as expected. We were pleased to see that the reddish cast in some of the K800 outdoor photos is now gone for good. The photos indoors are not poor at all, but somewhat lack contrast. This problem exists with Sony Ericsson K800 too, but it's more pronounced here, at least with our beta test unit. If you open some of the samples in a photo editor and adjust the levels you will see that the histogram is pushed to the right. A simple auto-level command will greatly improve the indoor images. Even the Auto-level command in PhotoDJ takes care of this problem very successfully - hold a see at the example.




Indoor shot fixed in PhotoDJ

The Sony Ericsson K810 should have come with a Photo Fix application that allows for a quick remedy for blackpictures. It should have been integrated into the capturing camera interface, but as it seems our test pre-release version doesn't feature it at all. So expect an update on that functionality as soon as the mobile is made publicly available.

The videos taken with K810 are captured at the low QCIF resolution. The options for the video capturing camera are pretty much the same as those for the still capturing camera with very minor differences. It's about time that Sony Ericsson upgrades the video recording capabilities of their mobile phones. Until that happens we will no longer publish sample video clips taken by Sony Ericsson phones - there isn't that much to see really.

The Sony Ericsson K810 has the same capturing camera as the one in K800 so we wouldn't expect more from it. The user interface has received a slight facelift but we already saw that in Sony Ericsson K550 and in Sony Ericsson W880 which we reviewed not long ago.

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