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Oct 7, 2008

Coolest 5-8 Megapixel Phones

What is it that makes iPhone and Nokia 5800 look 'ancient'? The megapixels packed in their cameras. iPhone's 2 megapixel and Nokia's 3.2 megapixel camera seem pale in front of today's cell phones -- many of which have as high as 10 megapixel camera. This constant climb of megapixels in camphones is in fact threatening the digicam market, which boasts 10 megapixel at high-end. With support for 5 to 8 megapixel resolution, cell phones have cameras of equal or even higher-resolution as compared to the current-day digicams. Samsung was first to introduce a 10 megapixel camphone with 3x digital zoom in 2006, its touchscreen phone Pixon too packs a 8 megapixel camera. Recently, LG refreshed its portfolio with an 8 megapixel camera phone.
Here's a peek into hot-n-happening camphones.

Samsung Innov8

After 5 megapixel Omnia, Korean giant Samsung has launched an 8 megapixel camera phone, Samsung Innov8, designed for mobile photography in the Indian market. The phone has an optical mouse and four-way navigation key.Samsung claims that Innov8 has the latest in imaging applications such as smile shot, blink shot and face recognition.The phone packs GPS navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity and 32GB memory (16GB Internal and 16GB MicroSD Card). The phone offers surround-sound cinematic video experience, mobile Internet browsing experience and mobile gaming capabilities. Other features include photo editing and Movie Maker and Story Board applications. Innov8 supports an array video player formats including DivX, WMV, Real Player and MPEG4. The handset offers HSDPA high speed Internet, Wi-Fi and EDGE/GPRS connectivity. It also packs Bluetooth with an A2DP profile. The phone is equipped with A GPS technology, offering navigation and geo-tagging services and it runs on a Symbian OS V9.3, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2.

Priced at Rs 45,999, Innov8 comes with two famous games, Asphalt and FIFA 08.

LG KC910

The successor to LG viewty, LG's 5 megapixel touchscreen phone, LG KC910 surpasses its predecessor in megapixels. The phone comes with an 8 megapixel camera that uses Schneider-Kreuznach optics with a Xenon flash, Dolby sound for music, and DivX and XviD support for video playback. The camera also has the ability to shoot manually in addition to the face, smile and blink detection and image stabiliser features. With 14mm thickness, LG claims that the phone is slimmest 8 megapixel phone in the market. The phone boasts of a 3 inch WQVGA 240x400 touch display. Other features include support for HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, microSD slot of up to 8GB memory, built-in GPS and TV-out. KC910 is a quadband GSM with support for HSDPA 7.2 Mbps.

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson boasts of an 8.1 megapixel camera, C905, in its portfolio. The company's first Cyber-shot slider C905 comes with Xenon flash, face detection, auto-focus, smart contrast and image stabiliser. With 2.4 inch scratch-resistant display, the phone offers 2GB memory stick micro, USB adaptor, GPS-enabled and navigation support. The phone also packs Wi-Fi support and GPS, allowing photos to be geo-tagged with location information. The phone is available in three colours: Night Black, Ice Silver and Copper Gold.

Samsung Pixon

Samsung has another 8 megapixel phone, Pixon, with face detection and geo-tagging features. The phone's 8 megapixel camera has wide dynamic range, advanced shake reduction and smile shot features. The handset supports quadband (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM/EDGE radio and a single-band (2100 MHz) UMTS/HSPA (3G) radio. Pixon packs a 3.2 inch 240 x 400 WQVGA touchscreen, 16X digital zoom, autofocus, fast-shutter, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, TouchWiz OS, a photo browser with accelerometer screen rotation, a media player, video capture, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and an internal storage of 200MB which is expandable. The handset also has a dedicated website called The Photographic Adventures of Nick Turpin. Samsung Pixon will soon be launched in most European and Asian countries.

Nokia N96

Nokia's recently launched its touchphone which packs a 3.2 megapixel camera, however, its toughtest iPhone killer N96 boasts of a 5 megapixel camera. With 2.8-inch screen display, the phone packs 16GB of internal memory, expandable up to 24GB. According to Nokia, the phone can store up to 60 hours of video. The camera has Carl Zeiss optics, flash and video light. The video camera captures at 30 frames per second. The images can be stored in both JPEG and EXIF format. With the integrated A-GPS, users can geotag their pictures with location data. The phone supports talktime of up to 3 hours and 40 minutes. Nokia N96 offers support for Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 Operating System. The dual-slider Nokia N96 supports standard video formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video. The phone offers support for high-speed USB 2.0 connection, WLAN and HSDPA. N96 has a 'kickstand' on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing. For music lovers, the phone has media keys, 3.5 mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. The phone offers music playback time of 14 hours and video playback time of 5 hours. The phone supports Nokia Maps application which offers maps with urban details and satellite views and has upgrade options such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation.
The phone is available for Rs 34,999

Samsung Omnia i900

Samsung's recently-launched iPhone rival Samsung Omnia too comes with a 5 megapixel camera. The touchscreen cell phone offers 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. The phone's camera supports auto-focus and auto-panorama. Measuring 112mm x 57mm x 12.5mm, the phone has a 3.2-inch display that has 240 pixel x 400 pixel resolution (Wide QVGA). The phone packs Microsoft applications including MS Office, Powerpoint, Excel, Word and Outlook. Like iPhone, Samsung's Omnia too claims to make Internet browsing smoother. The mobile phone runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile software and comes in 8GB and 16GB models.

Motorola ZN5

Motorola too recently joined the high-megapixel race with the launch of its 5 megapixel autofocus cell phone -- Motorola ZN5. The candybar phone features Xenon Flash, 3.5 mm jack, Wi-Fi and video recording. Motorola ZN5 supports Quadband GSM and EDGE. However, 3G and GPS support is missing. The phone's camera has a Kodak lens, Xenon flash, multishot mode, low-light setting and a shutter speed of 1/60 to 1/1000 seconds in auto mode. The RAW support feature lets users save files in Tiff format. ZN5 comes with built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/i and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. The 2.4 inch display and 262K colors phone also features a TV-out port, FM radio and MP3.

LG KC550

Korean giant LG too has a 5 megapixel camera phone LG KC550 in its portfolio. With 2.4 inch TFT display and 256K colors, the phone supports tri-band GSM connectivity. In terms of features, it has accelerometer and motion sensor (M-toy), Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, music and video players, FM radio, TV out, email and Web capabilities, 6 pre-installed games and USB. At 100 grams, the phone measures 96 x 51.4 x 14.3 millimeters. The battery supports up to 6 hours of talktime and claims 450 hours stand-by time.
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