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A 5 MP camera with LED flash is found on the back of the Galaxy Ace 3, with the new Nature UX camera interface accompanying it. The app offers a more limited number of shooting modes, which can be quickly picked from the carousel on the right, than Samsung's higher-resolution phone cameras. There are no Rich Tone (HDR) capabilities, for example, but the Best Shot, Sound&Shot and Panorama options are present, as well as a Macro mode.

The pictures look pretty good for an unassuming camera, as was the case with the Ace 2. We wish there was some more detail in the pictures, but color representation is quite accurate, and the phone's auto setting capture the scenes correctly, though there are some shadow clippings in high dynamic range situations. There are no white balance issues and the contrast is pumped up a notch by default, which yields pretty pleasant to look at results.

The handset does video recording with 720p resolution at 30fps, which should be the bare minimum nowadays, and in that regard is the same as its 2012 predecessor. There are some artifacts present from time to time, but other than that the video runs smooth, with good amount of detail and accurate color presentation. That's outdoors, with enough daylight, however, while low-light and video is extremely noisy. Of note is that the microphone picks up audio with very good and clean volume while recording the footage.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 4.4
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Sony Xperia L 5
Nokia Lumia 520 4.7
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The gallery offers Samsung's split view mode that keeps your folders on the left, and their content on the right for easier access. You can also edit the photos with a bunch of enhancement options and color effects directly from the app itself, as usual with TouchWiz, but here the Photo Editor option has to be downloaded separately.

Music playback is done via the TouchWiz stock player, which offers an abundance of sound modes and equalizer presets. The loudspeaker is of average strength, but emits a comparatively clean sound with no audible distortions towards the highest volume.

The video player runs most major formats without a hitch, including MKV and Xvid files, and up to 1080p resolution at that, though for some reason it doesn't play DivX files out of the box.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 0.37
Sony Xperia L 0.24
Nokia Lumia 520 0.67
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 77
Sony Xperia L 79
Nokia Lumia 520 76

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