Sony Ericsson K850 Review: 5 Megapixel Phone-and-Shoot: Camera, Web Browser, Connectivity

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Camera: 5 megapixel Cyber-shot monster

The Sony Ericsson K850 has a thrilling 5 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with a powerful xenon flash and automatic lens cover. Upgrades are serious in both interface and ergonomics. There's only one thing the Cyber-shot logo, the 5 megapixel sign and the digicam-like design and keys can't create up for. And that's a common drawback of all cameraphones: the lack of real quality optics. As the megapixel count in cameraphones will continue to go up, developing quality optics should be the first thing to address to give cameraphones some competitive edge against low and mid-discontinue digicams. As to the interface, Sony Ericsson K850 is the first Sony Ericsson cameraphone to offer Cyber-shot SE v2.0, inspired by Sony's T series digital cameras. The major amendments are the pop-up sub-menus enhanced with icons, or even embedded color photos, for even more intuitive performance, and the Multi Menu packing all the available settings. Autofocus mode automatically changes to macro, when a close object is chosen to shoot at and that's another handy option.





Holding the K850 • dedicated capturing camera keys • capturing camera open

The capturing camera has a toolbar with options, including shooting mode, scenes, picture size, focus, flash, self-timer, ISO, metering mode, white balance, effects, and settings Multi Menu.







Some capturing camera menu options

As most of the options are well known since K810, let's highlight the novelties only - the ISO sensitivity setting and the settings multi menu. The ISO setting is offered for the first time in a Cyber-shot handset. It allows the user to choose among four light sensitivity settings: auto, ISO 100, 200 and 400.

The Settings multi menu is the second recent feature. It looks pretty much the same as in standard digicam menus. All the capturing camera settings are displayed in two menu columns: the left displays the features and the correct shows which setting is in use. Pressing the Down key of the D-pad lists all options of a certain feature. The settings on the menu are: Picture Quality, AF light, BestPic, Review, Stabilizer, Save to, Auto rotate, Shutter sound and Reset counter. Thankfully, taking photos with our K850 with the shutter sound switched off is possible. However, autofocusing is still marked by a confirmation beep, but as you already know, it can be muted by turning on silent mode.







Multi menu and some of its options

The Sony Ericsson K850 comes with a Photo Fix application, that provides quick remedy for some defects in the pictures. It is integrated into the capturing camera interface, so a picture can be fixed correct after it was taken.

Judging the capturing camera quality of a beta unit is a risky business. Even so, it's clear the K850 capturing camera is a match for the release version of the capturing camera in Nokia N95. This conclusion is based on our recently published in-depth shootout.











Sony Ericsson K850 sample photos

This 5 megapixel head-to-head covered different shooting conditions for a thorough comparison. We welcome you to read it. We suppose the final version of the capturing camera may perform better and we're ready to update the shootout if we see considerable improvements in its quality.

The Sony Ericsson K850 has a thrilling 5 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with a powerful xenon flash and automatic lens cover. Upgrades are serious in both interface and ergonomics. There's only one thing the Cyber-shot logo, the 5 megapixel sign and the digicam-like design and keys can't create up for.

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