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Samsung SGH-G800 Review

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Camera options and settings - Samsung SGH-G800 Review

Camera options and settings

Camera:

Samsung advertises the G800 as high-end cameraphone not only because of its hardware, but also because of its enhanced camera interface with lots of options. The easiest way to start it is by opening the lens cover and then the landscape viewfinder will occupy the whole 2.4 inch display in three seconds. By default the interface is almost empty and on the right are the icons for the two soft keys and the four directions of the D-pad. The latter acts as shortcuts to often used options: Viewfinder, Flash, Selftimer and Macro modes options.

The left (bottom) soft key is a shortcut to the gallery and the right (top) one opens the options. In a long horizontal list there are lots of fields including Scenes, Resolution, White Balance, Effects and other. We aren’t impressed by the interface’s look: its icons are small and as they are monochrome, it will be hard to get the idea of each. We think that the interface of Sony Ericsson K850 looks way more advanced, with better icons and even color images.

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Face detection in action

The unique option here is “Face Detection” which when turned on should detect the human faces in the viewfinder. Once locked on the target, the camera mechanism will stay focused on it, even if the person moves. If they get out of the viewing area, the system will try to focus on somebody else. The drawback here is, that this feature actually detects faces only if viewed frontally, otherwise the system won’t recognize them as such.

The last field here is a link to the Settings menu where in addition to the standard options, like quality (compression) for the images, the ISO level (Auto/50/100/200/400), digital anti-shake system (on/off) and digital zoom (on/off), there are a few other settings. The phone supports Wide dynamic range which can be turned on or off. It isn’t anything special and actually increases the brightness in the dark areas of the images, although once the photos are on a computer, better results can be achieved with many programs. In addition there are a few level settings for the Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness of the photos.

The key feature of the G800’s camera is based on its hardware, instead of software, and is something only a few phones can show off with – optical zoom. The Sasmsung's top-end phone can zoom in the image up to three times (3x) before capturing it, which means it will make distant objects appear bigger in the image without losing quality (which happens when digital zoom is used). As most pocket cameras have this optical zoom, it is proved that it is a good thing and each cameraphone should have it. The time to zoom for Wide end (no zoom) to Tele end (3x) and vice verse is only 3.5-4 seconds, which is a good result for a phone and won’t make you wonder if you should wait to zoom or just try to go closer.

After all, it's the camera quality which is the most important. If a phone offers lots of options but produces low-quality images, it won't be worth getting it as a cameraphone. On the other hand, if it produces great images, we may forgive the lack of some more-advanced options. In the case with the G800, we are left with mixed feelings, due to the results from the different tests we’ve put it through.


In a well lit environment, the pictures are with very good quality for a cameraphone (when we compare it with rival models) although they are mediocre for the standard of stand-alone cameras. Next to the competition, the G800 offers well exposed images (most of the time) with realistic colors, with very slight affinity to the yellow. The detail is on par with the best cameraphones and so is the noise level.


It isn’t so when the light decreases. The noise level increases significantly, the colors get artificial and unsaturated, and the detail is exchanged for blurry image, due to the noise reduction system. If you are shooting night scenes (where illuminated objects are captured at long exposure) the results are far from good, with artificial colors and very low detail. But the big disappointment is when you rely on the flash: Samsung touts that it is of Xenon type but its performance is very weak and can be compared to a strong LED. Our comparison clearly shows that it is very weak next to the K850 and N82, which also use flashes of this type.


If you are shooting mainly during the day, the G800 will give you very good results. But because of the inadequate performance in low light, the overall rating is “average”.


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Expect our 5-megapixel cameraphone comparison soon!


Samsung has decided to keep the G800 camera-oriented and haven’t done their best with the video-recording capabilities. A direct link to the camcorder is missing in the main menu or the camera standby screen and it is activated by the camera options list. The maximum resolution is QVGA 320x240 which is four times smaller than the VGA offered in phones such as the N95, Viewty and even Samsung’s own G600. Still, it should be enough for Internet usage, if the quality is good and it is OK even indoors with average light. Unfortunately, as with almost any phone, the sound is very poor with strong background noise. An extra is that the optical zoom can be used also during recording.


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As we’ve mentioned above, similar to other Samsungs, the software of the G800 uses modules we’ve seen in other models of the manufacturer. The Media Player is not an exception, and is again like the one of the U700. The music can be filtered by various criteria (Recently played, Most played, Artist, Genres, Albums, Composers) and each has an icon next to the text label. We would have liked to see sorting by rating, but it is missing. The user can create playlists, add music from the memory to it and reorder the added tracks. When one is played, the interface displays the Album Cover, the file name, Artist, rating, options (shuffle/repeat), duration and the d-pad keys' function. From the menu you can rate the track, transfer the music to Bluetooth and turn the shuffle and repeat on/off. Unlike the U100 and the U300, this phone doesn't feature Equalizers and "3D Sound" options.

For sound playback, one can use the built-in speakers, the wired headphones from the box or one using Bluetooth technology. The speakers are situated on the top part of the phone and are not what we expected them to be – the sound is weak and the quality is the average expected from a phone. As the two are situated almost exactly next to each other, there isn’t any help of the “stereo” as such affect cannot be created.

FM Radio - Samsung SGH-G800 Review

FM Radio

The headphones from the box are much better option for listening to music and although they look cheap and are not the most comfortable ones, the sound quality when listening from the G800 through them is excellent when compared to any other phone.

When the wire headphones are plugged in, they would also act as an antenna for the FM radio. It is very similar to the one of the G600 but lacks the option to record the sound to MP3 file. It can automatically scan the whole frequency range and save all stations that are detected. Unfortunately, names cannot be added and you will have to choose by the frequency. The speakerphone can be used to play the music through. Like the music player, the Radio can play at background level while you do something else on the phone and the homescreen will show shortcuts to its functions.
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Video plaback


Similar to other Samsung phones, the Video Player doesn’t have its own icon in the main menu and is launched once a video file is chosen in the File manager. When playing a video, most users will turn the Fullscreen mode on, to enjoy it on the whole display, in landscape orientation. A video encoded in MPEG4 H.263 with QVGA resolution (which is logical for such screen) played smoothly without any problem.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. (unregistered)


Looks nice

posted on 08 Jan 2008, 13:05

2. (unregistered)


I hate this phone . I had one but i given it

posted on 17 Jan 2008, 09:02

3. Dissapointed Consumer (unregistered)


The camera on this phone is worse than some 1.3mp cameras on better phones. This G800 can not take pictures indoors, even if the flash is on the images are way too dark, its just a waste. If I turn off the flash the images are then too blurry, but changing to ISO 50 or 100 makes it take better pictures, but even now with problems, blurry and overexposed. Utterly dissapointed. Dont buy this shlt.

posted on 06 May 2008, 03:59

6. gadgetprince (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 May 2008)


Hi Disappointed, I beg to disagree with your comments. This phone does not deserve these comments. G800 is an excellent camera phone awarded by PCWorld as No. 2 to SE850i. I am personally owning one and its a cool phone. No problems so far. Have your phone checked. Maybe its a production problem. regards - G.Prince.

posted on 10 Feb 2008, 09:54

4. aem (unregistered)


why G800 is a shit?

posted on 20 Apr 2008, 22:19

5. (unregistered)


The camera has good performance in dark environments, you just have to set the ISO to 400.

posted on 27 May 2008, 17:12

7. (unregistered)


which turns up bthe image noise, therefore resulting in worse performance.

posted on 21 Oct 2008, 01:19

8. alan (unregistered)


is this phone worth its cash? compared to the new omnia which is at the $700 dollar range.

posted on 14 Sep 2011, 09:30

9. julius (unregistered)


is almost 4 yrs am still using this nice phone SAMSUNG G800 Camera 5.MP is true
am looking another please can tell me where i can get becaurse no more

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Display2.4 inches, 240 x 320 pixels (167 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size3.97 x 2.00 x 0.74 inches
(101 x 51 x 18.8 mm)
4.90 oz  (139 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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