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Panasonic ELUGA Review

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Camera:

Given that Panasonic has an extensive background in making digital cameras, it is a bit underwhelming to find an 8-megapixel camera of average quality on the back of the Panasonic ELUGA. In broad daylight, photos look okay for the most part, although fine details are being smudged by noise suppression algorithms. The frame is captured about a second after the shutter is pressed, and capturing the next image requires about two more. Clearly, these figures would have been okay a year ago, but our expectations are a bit higher nowadays. We are also left wondering why there is no flash on the back of the device. Needless to say, shooting under low-light conditions does not produce eye-pleasing results. Videos can be taken in 720p resolution and look quite presentable.

The camera interface of the Panasonic ELUGA - Panasonic ELUGA Review
The camera interface of the Panasonic ELUGA - Panasonic ELUGA Review
The camera interface of the Panasonic ELUGA - Panasonic ELUGA Review
The camera interface of the Panasonic ELUGA - Panasonic ELUGA Review

The camera interface of the Panasonic ELUGA


Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Outdoor photos look okay during the day - Panasonic ELUGA Review

Outdoor photos look okay during the day


Strong - Indoor samples - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Panasonic ELUGA Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Panasonic ELUGA Review

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Medium

Low light

Indoor samples







Multimedia:

When it comes to multimedia, the audio and video player that come standard on the Panasonic ELUGA do not differ much from what stock Android 2.3 offers. The music player is pretty straightforward to use and comes with its own home screen widget, so we cannot really ask for more. Besides, it will get support for FLAC audio files once the Android 4.0 update is released. The video player is pretty simple as well with videos of up to 720p playing back smoothly. Our QuickTime and MPEG4 video samples were playable, but support for the DivX format is absent. Whether it will be added through the aforementioned software update remains to be seen. As a whole, watching videos on the Panasonic ELUGA is a pleasant experience due to the screen's 4.3-inch diagonal.

The music and video players are the stock Android ones - Panasonic ELUGA Review
The music and video players are the stock Android ones - Panasonic ELUGA Review
The music and video players are the stock Android ones - Panasonic ELUGA Review
The music and video players are the stock Android ones - Panasonic ELUGA Review

The music and video players are the stock Android ones



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posted on 17 May 2012, 10:13

1. ryq24 (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


always want a japanese -only phone but this review just change my views on that. japanese companies have lost its mojo!

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:11 3

2. -box- (Posts: 3863; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


The lack of a camera flash is just so oddball. The phone looks good, and deserves better. On the other hand, if this is just the first model, hopefully ones to follow will be better
One thing I also like is that it's a somewhat rugged phone without the rugged phone looks. As a Panasonic Toughbook owner, I am surprised at how svelte the phone is

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:42 7

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


4.3 gb memory only and no sd slot?!!
Go to hell panasonic

posted on 17 May 2012, 14:34

4. joaolx (Posts: 362; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I wouldn't have a problem if i bought this phone but a battery with 1150 mAh is very weak. My phone with a 600mhz cpu that costed 90 euros and has almost the same battery capacity 1200 mAh

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:29 4

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


It kills me whenever i see such a cool looking phone that sucks when the best phone available is so ugly. (yes, you SGS3).

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:43

6. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


I hate the name to be honest

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Panasonic ELUGA

Panasonic ELUGA

OS: Android 2.3.5
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.84 x 2.44 x 0.31 inches
(123 x 62.0 x 7.8 mm)
3.63 oz  (103 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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