Sony Ericsson Satio Review
The 12-megapixel camera of the Sony Ericsson Satio will certainly fail to fascinate you with a striking interface. Just like with the Samsung OMNIA HD, it looks monotonous and boring. The available options include 8 preset scenes, several shooting modes (panorama among them), BestPic, smile detection and touch focus to help you pick the object the camera should bring in focus (similarly to the HTC Touch Pro2). The flash sports red eye removal, plus you can activate picture geo-tagging that utilizes the built-in GPS. Anyone who hates fiddling with the setting will be happy to find out there is an Auto option that works similarly to the Intelligent Shot function available on the LG Viewty Smart and Crystal - it allows the phone software to automatically make the best selection for you. If you turn it off, you will be able to manually set the color effects, white balance and exposure, but not the ISO sensitivity. As a whole, the interface offers most of the contemporary options you would expect, but the snapshot quality that Sony Ericsson´s first 12-megapixel handset delivers is, by far, more important. All test pictures are taken with the camera in Auto and are directly compared to the images captured with the 8-megapixel Canon PowerShot SD870 IS.
All objects appear properly exposed in snapshots taken in the good lighting conditions. Colors look realistic, yet somehow monotonous, similarly to what you get when using the K810, K850 and C905, so we are not entirely satisfied. Comparing the results to what the Pixon12 delivers, we have to say we are even disappointed. The Satio performs way worse than the other 12-megapixel handset, not to mention it’s a far cry from the digital camera we benchmarked it against. Ultimately, come to snapshots taken in bright lighting conditions, the Satio lags behind its arch-rival in all respects.
The xenon flash of the Satio manages to light up nearby objects properly and not just in artificial lighting conditions, but in pitch dark places as well. Pictures are rather noisy, but at least there is no drastic loss of quality due to the lack of enough details and colors appear realistically represented. Certainly, we tested the Satio by taking pictures at night. Surprisingly, the handset actually performs better than the digital camera in terms of color representation and managed to impress us. Come to quality of details, both devices seem to perform at par, so the Satio scores another point here. Compared to the other camera phones on the market, the Satio is definitely one of the best for taking pictures in poor lighting conditions and at night.
The Sony Ericsson Satio captures videos with maximum resolution of 640x480 pixels, bitrate of about 3,900 kbps and at 30 frames per second. Their quality is really good, but still, the handset we would rather use for videos remains the Samsung OMNIA HD.
Sony Ericsson Satio sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution
All told, the Sony Ericsson Satio is by no means a bad camera phone – it performs decently in general and great at night shots. It, however, does not deliver the high-end camera performance it’s supposed to, not to mention the relatively low video capture resolution (despite the good overall result).
All multimedia functions of the Sony Ericsson Satio are available through the beautiful Flash menu we know from previous models of the manufacturer. It comes with eye-catchy transition effects and you need to take your pick from the three options you are presented with on opening it – browse snapshots, listen to music or watch videos.
The audio player filters content by several criteria – artist, album, shows content sorted in alphabetical order, audio books, podcasts and voice notes. It has an interface that reminds us of the version found on the two-year old Sony Ericsson W960, especially during audio playback, but the application comes with quite a few eye-catchy improvements as well. On the overall, it’s comfy to use, although it lacks equalizer settings and sound effects, something we don’t like. The Satio is equipped with FM radio that features a rather simplified, yet capable interface and TrackID audio recognition engine.
The sound through the loudspeaker managed to surprise us with its loudness. We certainly didn’t expect it to pack such a powerful punch, considering there is just one loudspeaker. Unfortunately, the boxed headset is a weakling, plus the trebles and basses it produces aren’t clearly discernible, something that music lovers will definitely be disappointed at. Sadly, plugging in a better pair means you will have to shell out for a proper converter to 3.5mm jack, because the Satio is equipped with the manufacturer’s proprietary port and there is no adapter in the box either.
video player interface looks quite appealing and sports large control buttons. Aside from the standard playback options, you can stretch videos so as to make them fit the screen. Unlike the Samsung OMNIA HD, the Satio doesn’t support subtitles, DivX and Xvid files and cannot play HD videos either. Still, we didn’t have any troubles watching H.264 and MPEG4 coded MP4 files with resolution of 720x480 pixels, high bitrate of about 1,500 kbps at 30 frames per second.
The 3.5-inch display makes the experience really pleasing, although its colors are not as saturated as those delivered by the AMOLED screen of the Samsung’s multimedia monster. Ultimately, the Satio is a decent performer in terms of multimedia, but the Samsung OMNIA HD is quite better.
1. shgam2 (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
wow really? no 3.5mm jack?? SE's being so cool without it on their phones. SO COOL.
3. Krilynck (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2009)
The resolution does NOT mean it is a better camera. There are two main disadvantages about more pixels on the same size sensor: - More noise - Larger files That means you can store less pics on an MS Micro and with higher ISO settings the images will show noticable noise. Unfortunately, you cannot set the ISO yourself, which means the photo's will be a lot crappier than taken with a 5 or 8 MP resolution. Moreover, even on an advanced dSLR like the Canon 5D MKII (21.1 MP) the low-light shots will be of less quality than those taken on a Nikon D700 (12.1 MP).
4. Hlorri (Posts: 35; Member since: 07 May 2008)
Also, the limited dynamic range in such tiny detectors (basically, all black or all white with very narrow range inbetween) means that pictures taken against bright backgrounds are very prone to blooming, that pictures with light and dark areas are both underexposed and overexposed at the same time, and that there is lacking color depth. If there were a single aspect of a camera that would have the largest impact on image quality/detail, it would not be the number of megapixels, but rather something like focal length. (Larger focal lengths allow for larger detectors at a given zoom level).
5. ongoo (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2010)
never use such terrible cell, advice everyone don't buy!!!
7. htainlintha (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
I think you are a mere liar,are you an iphone user? lol... >:-P
6. htainlintha (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
It is totally a kool phone, some people,pls don't bash the phone when it comes to technology with your insignificant low-IQ brain,because you'll never be able to achieve impossible when someone can do it. The 3.5inch display has 16:9 with 360x640 pixels which can handle well to the 3000x4000 dimension pics and it works well too. There's no noise as you can see it on flickrs or on facebook,they are sharper than ever. I just want you all to see the truth, don't juz imagine and post it. Just go out and test or play it at any retaliers shop before you comment something with jealousy.Cheers..
8. mark (unregistered)
i have this fone 6 months. its crashes several times a day. the battery last 14 hours with very low use, 5 hours if you want to use internet or apps. its very slow. the touch screen is terrible, you find yourself stampin the on screen keyboard. there is no downloadable apps, the sonyericsson store has 17.... most of which dont work. if you install apps the phone slows down horribley....the list go's on and on