BlackBerry Curve 9380 Review: Not What You’d Expect: Camera, Image Quality, Video Recording, Connectivity

By 03:45 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments

A 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 comes with a 5 fixed-focus capturing camera which is still the highest resolution you can acquire in a RIM smartphone. There is a single Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash too.

The capturing camera comes with the same unattractive interface and relatively low number of customizable settings. A shortslit bar at the bottom of the viewfinder is standing in the way of proper framing.

The Curve 9380 capturing camera interface

The shutter (the convenience) key is unusually shaped but actually quite comfortable. If nothing else, it's the quicker and easier way, and you can shoot with a single press of the trackpad, shutter key or the virtual shutter key.

Geotagging, flash and scenes can be accessed straight in the viewfinder and those are just about the only options you acquire with the Curve 9380. The only other thing you can customize is image resolution, which is located in the advanced settings menu.

There are no settings for exposure compensation, white balance, ISO or anything like that. There is face detection, but that is a dedicated scene, rather than a separate setting.

The image quality of the BlackBerry Curve 9380 is about average - there is a fine amount of resolved detail, although it could have been much better, the colors are pleasing. Contrast is fine, too, but the noise levels are way above average.

Here go several samples so you can judge the image quality yourselves.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 capturing camera sample photos

Photo quality comparison

We’ve also added the BlackBerry Curve 9380 to the database of our Photo Compare Tool. Here you can see the Curve 9380 is a decent performer, but you can still notice the high noise levels and the pink spot at the center.

BlackBerry Curve 9380 in the Photo Compare Tool

Very fine Video Graphics Array (VGA) video recording

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is incapable of capturing HD videos, most probably becautilize of its lower processor clock. The best it can do is Video Graphics Array (VGA) clips at 30 fps. The Light Emitting Diode (LED) can be used as video light, no surprises here.

Camcorder UI

The video quality is up to scratch – the frame rate is good, the resolved detail is adequate, the noise levels tolerable, the colors accurate and the contrast is fine too. Overall, it's thumbs up for the BlackBerry Curve 9380 videos.

Here’s a Video Graphics Array (VGA) video sample from the Curve 9380 camera.

Connectivity welcomes NFC

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is giving you a broad range of connectivity options, as you would expect from a modern day smartphone.

The quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support secures global roaming and the quad-band 3G with 14.4Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA gives you the extra speed. The dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) is also a nice addition with an easily customizable Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) manager taking care of all the connections. Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot is also supported. Stereo Bluetooth rounds off the list of wireless connectivity options.

The BlackBerry Curve 9380 has a standard microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port that is enabled for both data connections and charging. Once connected, you can sync your data with the BlackBerry Desktop Software. It allows you to sync your iTunes collection, save for the files that have DRM.

The Curve 9380 is NFC capable too. You can pair it with other NFC-enabled devices and NFC accessories as well as read NFC tags.



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