Samsung has released the first mobile phone with an eight-megapixel image sensor that can produce quality images on a par with most digital cameras. Called the Samsung i8510, the new model comes with a flash and can detect when people are smiling in the picture. This may be the first product to go on sale in Britain with an eight-megapixel camera, but other manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson are developing similar products for release. Previous camera phones have been criticized for its poor image quality. However, one expert said that the emergence of this Korean company’s new phone model could mean that the average consumer no longer need to buy a camera.
The Samsung phone, available for free with a contract to Carphone Warehouse, also has a built-in satnav and 8GB of storage space for music and high-speed wireless Internet access. Its design comes with a slick slider, and the handset feels solid and well built. The menu system is easy to use. Taking pictures is fast and the camera seems to face a series of conditions. The image quality was very impressive – the best yet in a mobile phone. The color is rich and well-defined and automatic adjustments worked well for most conditions. The flash will be a good complement for late-night bar shooting.
Overall, Samsung i8510 is a great combination of almost all the features that you could want in a cellphone.