Four of the hottest camera phones face off in an 8MP shootout

By on November 6, 2008 at 7:32 AM.

Four of the hottest camera phones face off in an 8MP shootout

We told you a few weeks about an 8MP shootout between the LG KC910 “Renoir” and the Samsung M8800 Pixon, but GSMArena outdid the folks over at Mobile@Mail.Ru by doing their own 8MP shootout testing four of the hottest 8MP camera phones out there. In their in-depth review, GSM Arena compares the LG KC910, the Samsung M8800 Pixon, the Sony Ericsson C905, and the Samsung INNOV8.  We wont even try to cover all the details of their 7 page review in a single post. Suffice to say that each camera phone has its own strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung INNOV8 is the best universal performer with excellent image quality, capable video recording, and a large display. The Sony Ericsson C905 has the best camera interface, camera handling, and controls. The LG KC910 has a beautiful high resolution touch screen with well balanced camera features and very good image quality. Last but not least, the Samsung M8800 Pixon brings up the rear in terms of image quality and camera features, but has a well organized user interface and above-average video recording. If that piques your interest and leaves you wanting more, then hit the read link and get more one on one mobile camera action than you can stand.

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8MP shootout: LG KC910 Renoir vs. the Samsung Pixon M8800

By on October 20, 2008 at 9:01 AM.

8MP shootout: LG KC910 Renoir vs. the Samsung Pixon M8800

Want an 8MP shooter but cant decide which one?  With four sweet phones currently filling this category we feel your pain. The folks over at “Mobile@Mail.Ru” also understand your dilemma and have done a very detailed comparison of two of the latest 8MP phones, the LG Renoir and the Samsung Pixon . Besides the awesome 8MP capability which they have in common, what features differentiate these two camera phones and which one is the best for the shutterbugs among us? We will start off with the LG Renoir. The Renoir offers a Schneider-Kreuznach Lens and a Xenon flash which on paper (and in practice) outperforms the cheap plastic lens and dual LED flash of the Pixon. The Renoir also has an active autofocus which the reviewer deems superior to the Pixon’s passive autofocus. Mark that as two in the column for the LG Renoir. You can score a few for the Samsung Pixon as the reviewer notes that the speed of the Pixon camera is higher than the Renoir and the Pixon’s UI is easier to use. One caveat, the reviewer does not clarify (or our Russian is a little rusty and we missed it) what is meant by the “speed” of the camera; whether it is the time to first picture, the number of frames per second or the ISO. We will have to take his word for it that the “speed” is better on the Pixon. Hit the jump for some side-by-side sample photos.

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LG launches the “artistic” KC910 Renoir

By on October 2, 2008 at 4:26 AM.

LG launches the “artistic” KC910 Renoir

Say good riddance bye, bye to the Viewty, and say hello to the LG Renoir. LG, on Thursday, officially announced the launch of its “artistic handset”, the LG Renoir. Chock full of innovative features, the Renoir is the first worldwide phone to include Dolby Mobile, an integrated suite of audio processing technologies that will bring Dolby quality sound to your handset. Fancy yourself to be a mobile photographer? Renoir’s new TouchShot feature allows you to focus on an object by touching it on the screen. When you lift your finger off the screen, the shutter fires automatically. No more image blur while you fumble for the camera/shutter release button, just smooth and easy 8 megpixel picture taking. The Renoir also incorporates both the 120 frame per second slow-motion video of the Viewty and Dare and the the 5 frame per second time lapse video of the LG Secret to create an awesome mobile video recording device. Not impressed? Well, check out the rest of the features this phone packs into it 13.95mm chassis:

  • Quad-band GSM, UMTS (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps)
  • WQVGA 240×400 touchscreen display
  • Homescreen Widgets (including online widgets that pull down real-time data)
  • Picture-Based Speed Dial
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Xenon flash, Schneider-Kreuznach lens, auto or manual focus, face, smile and blink detection and digital image stabilization
  • Dolby sound
  • VGA video capture up to 30fps, QVGA capture up to 120 fps
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Integrated GPS, with support for geotagging and location based services
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi
  • MicroSDHC support
  • TV-out

The Renoir will debut in Europe in this month, followed by Asia and Latin America in November, the Middle East and Africa in December and China in January of 2009. Look for it in titan black and other multitudes of color options depending on the carrier. Sorry everyone, no US carrier or launch date mentioned.

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Live Images of LG Renoir, the Viewty successor, emerge

By on September 21, 2008 at 10:38 AM.

Live Images of LG Renoir, the Viewty successor, emerge

Back in August, LG officially announced the new LG KC910, the successor to the LG Viewty. Officially given the name LG Renoir, the phone has made its appearance in a few pictures snagged from it168.com. A short review of the specs will remind you that it has Quad-band GSM, UMTS (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps), 3 inch WQVGA 240×400 touchscreen display, 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash & Schneider-Kreuznach lens, GPS with geotagging support, Bluetooth 2.0, and WiFi. The Renoir is expected to be available sometime in October. We have another touchscreen phone with a huge beautiful 8MP camera and some more cell phone eye candy for you all. Hit the jump for the rest of the pics.

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LG KC910 Gets Official, Viewty What?

By on August 22, 2008 at 9:30 AM.

LG KC910 Gets Official, Viewty What?

Looking at LG’s freshly-announced KC910, one word keeps popping into our minds. No, it’s not iPhone (ok, maybe a little). “Android!” That’s right we can’t stop thinking about Android. Why? Because we can’t wait to see LG dealing phones as sleek, sexy and functional as the KC910 – but with a smart OS to seal the deal. The specs on this Viewty successor are nothing short of fantastic. So long Viewty, and good riddance. Sure it’s been fun but if tossing you aside makes room for the KC910, we can’t put you out in the street fast enough. Specs:

  • Quad-band GSM, UMTS (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps)
  • WQVGA 240×400 touchscreen display
  • 8 megapixel camera (no that’s not a typo, 8 MPs in a 14 mm-thick phone!)
  • Xenon flash, Schneider-Kreuznach lens, auto or manual focus, face, smile and blink detection and digital image stabilization (!)
  • Dolby sound
  • VGA video capture up to 30fps, QVGA capture up to 120 fps
  • DivX and XviD video support
  • Integrated GPS, geotagging support
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • WiFi
  • MicroSDHC support
  • TV-out

Pricing info is not yet available but LG claims the KC910 will launch this October. No word on US carrier adoption either but this would be quite a pick up for a certain little number four US carrier we know…

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