Samsung SGH-D900 Review
3-megapixel camera with mirror and LED flash
After holding down the camera key with the slider opened, the interface loads for 3 to 4 seconds showing several indicators of the chosen setting, for a few seconds. If you have selected the Viewfinder at Fullscreen view and indicators you'll see them for the whole time. Another useful option is the one that automatically saves an image after the photo is taken, as you won't have to manually select options save' after every single shot this way you can save your time for shooting.
The strangest thing about the camera interface is that it is in portrait mode and not in landscape, as other camera phones we have tested, but it also takes landscape-oriented photos, which means that you are actually not seeing the whole final image in the viewfinder but just the center part of it. In the final image there may be some objects that you haven't had an idea about and didn't wanted to occur in your composition, but when seeing this it will already be late. Another relatively strange thing is that the shutter key cannot be pressed at half position but holding it down focuses and than automatically takes a picture this is not a big problem, but something just extraordinary as all other phones that feature auto-focus use two-step keys for focusing and than capturing the image.
The highest resolution available is 2048x1536 (3.2 megapixels) but there is total of nine picture resolution options, as well as three options for the compression (Normal, Fine, Superfine). A very useful "feature" is that all the numeric keys are shortcuts, and you can see what they do in a mini-map.
The images taken outdoor during the day were the best compared to four other 3-megapixel cameraphones currently on the market, providing the greatest detail and most realistic color representation among all. Shooting macro (close-up photos of small objects) doesn't need an additional scene mode, but brings great results as well with detailed images and realistic colors. Most other phones (and digital cameras) need special macro mode to be switched on to focus on objects nearby.
|Samsung D900||Canon SD200|
The LED flash is not as powerful as that of the N73 and definitely cannot be compared to the Xenon flash of the K800, and so the images in low-lightning conditions suffered from much noise and not real colors. Shooting night-photos, using the night mode, gives excellent (for phone) results though, and if you hold the D900 steady to avoid camera shake and blurry photos, the images produced will be detailed and realistic, and among the best ones captured with camera-phone.
As a camcorder the phone can record videos at maximum resolution of CIF 352x288 with additional three sizes and the same three options for compression as with the pictures. Using the Normal Recording mode you can record video, limited in time by only the available memory.
The CIF resolution is big enough for watching the videos on computer but although their relatively big size (~600kbps) there are plenty of artifacts due to the compression and the low frame rate kills the motion in fast-moving objects.
The MP3 player is again similar to the one used in the X820, featuring four Equalizer options (Normal, Jazz, Classic, Rock) and two types of visualizations, which actually are not based on the music played. The music can be comfortably organized in playlists, but unfortunately their number is limited to four and so is their capacity, limited at thirty, which collectively means that the phone can put only 120 songs in the playlists.
The speakerphone produces distorted and not very loud sound and is not suitable for music playback, but the headphones from the box are fine and sound better than those of Sony Ericsson K800. We would still like to have a 3.5mm adapter for using standard headphones, which can sound much better at a low cost.
The video player opens 3GP videos in full size but the browser cannot play them in landscape view. With these wonderful QVGA displays we would like to be able to watch videos in MPEG4 format with H.264 codec for the best quality available, but unfortunately the D900 doesn't support them, as it was with the K800, and you are limited to low quality videos only.
The D900 comes with seven preloaded JAVA games including some popular names like Sonic the Hedgehog and Asphalt2 T&B ,but unfortunately both of them are trial locked versions and you have to purchase the full ones to fully enjoy the gaming experience. The other games include Tetris, Cannonball, Soccer game, but what we didn't like about the JAVA is the time it takes to load up. In all the games, we experienced a lot of waiting, and for example, the Sonic game took fifteen second to load, which is pretty much in our opinion. The phone support JAVA MIDP2.0 and other applications can be easily downloaded.