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Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

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Camera:

The 5MP camera with Xenon flash is really as quick as advertised. Startup, focusing and storing are no more than a second each  and once you start snapping pictures, it’s hard to stop.  As is typical for Motorola, the interface is not beautiful but is user-friendly.  There are several indicators on the view-finder, accompanied by the functions of the 5-way pad: type of focus, Low Light mode (on/off), tagging, flash and white balance.

Camera Interface - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Camera Interface - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Camera Interface - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Camera Interface


The quality of the pictures is of course the most important things for a camera. In our tests we got very nice outdoor images when the sun was up; they had really high detail level, real colors, but there still was grain. We would say that the MOTO is as good as the Samsung G600 in such condition, but when there’s no sun, the quality of the photos drops considerably.

Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Auto - Outdoor Samples - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Low Light on - Outdoor Samples - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Auto - Outdoor Samples - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Low Light on - Outdoor Samples - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Auto

Low Light on

Auto

Low Light on

Outdoor Samples


The ZN5’s performance indoors is not that impressive. When the pictures are small they look OK, but once viewed on large screen you can see that the noise “kills” the detail. The Xenon flash performs well up to 7 feet but if you try to shoot something at about 14, you’ll get results worse than some LED cameraphones.  The Nokia N82 and Sony Ericsson K850 are much better in this aspect.

For pictures in darker environments you can use the Low Light option, which employs the Kodak Imaging technology with optimized settings for dim  environments.  Unfortunately the results are very disappointing due to the heavy noise. Despite KODAK’s technology, Low Light is nothing more than Night Mode seen in other phones.

Strong light - 2m\6.5feet flash test - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Medium light - 2m\6.5feet flash test - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Low light - 2m\6.5feet flash test - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

2m\6.5feet flash test

Strong light - 4m\13feet flash test - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Medium light - 4m\13feet flash test - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Low light - 4m\13feet flash test - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Strong light

Medium light

Low light

4m\13feet flash test


The maximum camcorder resolution of the ZN5 is only 144 x 176 pixels, which is quite shameful for a 5 megapixel shooter. You could still use the videos for MMS, but they are not good enough for YouTube or to watch them on a big screen.

The ZN5 is one of the best phones for daylight pictures, but that’s about it. Indoors and at night the results are quite disappointing. Beyond that, in this day and age many phones that are not considered camera-oriented can record videos in QVGA.


Multimedia:

All multimedia files available can be found in the Media Finder.

Music Player - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Music Player - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Music Player - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Music Player

You will be able to filter your tracks by Artists, Albums, Genres, and Composers or by Playlists. The interface shows information on the track and has a tiny album art cover, which we would have preferred to be bigger. When the player is minimized to play in the background, the lower part of the home screen transforms into a shortcut to it.

The sound quality from the loudspeaker is good, but is not loud enough. The included ROKR headphones don’t change anything. You won’t be able to understand what people are saying to you while you are wearing it, but you’ll still hear the passing cars on the street. However, the 3.5 mm jack means you can use a better set..

Do not expect to watch high-quality clips on this phone. Files with a resolution larger than the display’s (QVGA) and high bitrate (such as 512 kbps) do not play, even at 15fps.

Video Playback - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review
Video Playback - Motorola ZINE ZN5 Review

Video Playback


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. Vaan (unregistered)


Yeah I know but what's the difference, you'll still get the one you want so it doesn't matter right?

posted on 23 Oct 2008, 10:27

2. (unregistered)


now the camera rating went down from an 8.5 to a 7....and the overall rating went down to a 7.5 :(

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 17:06

6. (unregistered)


ugh...t-moblie got the phone...love that they have their own 3g bandwidth different then the rest of the world...heck for that matter why doesnt at&t use the same one as the rest of the world does...does it just make too much sense to????

posted on 23 Oct 2008, 23:59

3. (unregistered)


Just for reference, its pronounced "zeen" like magazine. Not "z-eye-n"

posted on 24 Oct 2008, 01:04

4. (unregistered)


I've always wondered how these Motorola names are pronounced.... you know, RAZR, KRZR, ...

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 17:07

7. (unregistered)


i've always wondered why hotdogs are sold in packs of 10 and hotdog buns are sold in packs of 8 ;)

posted on 26 Oct 2008, 10:54

5. Armo (unregistered)


the packaging looks sick. i hope it stays the same when t-mobile gets it. this is a great phone. it deserved at least and average of 8.

posted on 08 Nov 2008, 17:09

8. (unregistered)


thats what the average originally was....but then again the review didnt cover the panaramic picture capabilities of the phone like mobile-review did....who really praised this non smart phone and said the camera was better then the n82 and the audio quality is very very good.....seems kinda like a rushed review on this site.

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
500 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size4.65 x 1.99 x 0.63 inches
(118 x 50.5 x 16 mm)
4.02 oz  (114 g)
Battery950 mAh, 5.5 hours talk time

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