Motorola MILESTONE Review: Hello Droid: Camera, Video Recording, Connectivity

By 09:57 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

A pretty fine 5 megapixel shooter

On the hardware side of things Motorola MILESTONE has a 5 megapixel capturing camera module for a maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1936 pixels and dual-LED flash. The Open Handset Alliance finally decided to do something about the capturing camera features in Android 2.0 – i.e. they actually included a few.

The recent stuff includes built-in flash support (apparently the Samsung Galaxy made utilize of some home-brewed drivers to acquire around that limitation), digital zoom, scene mode, white balance, color effects and macro focus mode.

No, it doesn't seem much: other companies have had those in their cameraphones for ages but for the Android community this is a huge step forward. Rome wasn't built in a day after all.

The user interface is pretty decent, although not exactly perfect. You have all the options on a retractable tray at the left side of the viewfinder which can either be dragged out by a finger sweep or by pressing the menu key. With so few options at hand we don't see why most of them aren't available as onclassy screen shortcuts to start with.

The MILESTONE capturing camera user interface

Instead the only things that are accessible all the time on classy screen is a switch for alternating the camcorder and the still camera, a virtual shutter key and a shortslit to the gallery docked in the bottom right.

Anyways, when it comes to the actual product of the Motorola MILESTONE capturing camera - the photos - we're quite pleased with the image quality. There's plenty of resolved detail, the colors are also nicely saturated and the images are quite punchy.

At the same time though, there is quite a lot of noise and some oversharpening artifacts. Even though there's some aggressive noise reduction smearing fine detail away there are still patches where the chromatic noise is excessive. The jagged edges in some cases also indicate that Motorola still have some work to do before they catch up with the best in the business.

And here go the samples for you to check out.

Motorola MILESTONE capturing camera samples

D1 video recording comes to Android

Video recording on the MILESTONE is as fine as we have ever seen on an Android handset. D1 resolution (720 x 480 pixels) at 30 fps is where its capabilities discontinue and we doubt its users will need much more.

The interface of the camcorder is similar to the one on the still camera, except that there are even fewer settings. You can set the video quality, the maximum duration of the clip, adjust white balance, apply color effects and that's that.

Camcorder interface

Videos are recorded in 3gp format which recommends lower bitrate, which in turn leads to some compression artifacts. On the other hand, colors are really pleasing and the videos see very nice.

Here is a sample video for you to see.

Flawless connectivity

Connectivity is certainly another area where the Motorola MILESTONE excels. For starters you acquire quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE for worldwide roaming and dual-band (900/2100 MHz) 3G with HSPA. The HSDPA is quoted at 10.2 Mbps and the HSUPA can reach up to 5.76 Mbps.

We then go on to local connectivity – the MILESTONE offers Universal Serial Bus (USB) v2.0, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP support and Wi-Fi. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface is standard microUSB, which makes finding a suitable cable a lot easier. And now that they have enabled Bluetooth transfers, there is very small more to be asked for.

The one thing that would ask for is tethering, as we simply could not acquire our MILESTONE to do it.

Back on the positive track we have to mention that the built-in microSD card slot can also be used as a data transfer tool. Card-readers are going for peanuts these days so having one around is quite likely and they give some pretty impressive speeds.



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