Sony Ericsson K750 review
One of the main selling points of this handset is the 2.0 mega pixels auto focus camera. This is one of the first of its kind in the UK market and really can produce some outstanding results. The camera has various settings to add effects to images, as well as producing better quality pictures.
By pushing back the cover protecting the lens the device will automatically switch to a landscape camera mode. The bottom left hand corner of the screen will tell you how many images you can take, what size the images are set to and where they will be saved, which by default is to the memory stick duo memory card.
The opposite side of the screen is the camera settings menu which offers a range of functions. This includes different picture effects, camera shot modes, image size and quality, night mode, light (flash) settings, self timer, time and date stamp and options to save to device's memory or to your duo/duo pro memory stick.
You can also switch to the video mode in this menu, although this can also be done easier by shifting the joystick down in the camera mode or vice-versa. Again in the video mode, the above settings apply. You can also specify under shoot mode if you want to have the video length limited to a video message length (approx 12-15 seconds) or if you want a full video message, whose length will depend on the available memory left on the device/memory stick.
As with most SE phones, there is a mirror on the right hand size of the lens which is used for self portraits.
Both the video and camera functions can be supported by the light (two tiny LED sized bulbs) next to the lens. This is a traditional light rather than a flash which I think has more benefits than the latter. Firstly, it is very powerful and bright. Secondly it is constantly on in opposed to just flashing during the snap shot. If you are taking a picture or video in poor/no lighting conditions, a flash will not be much use as you won't be able to see anything on the screen to take a shot of. The light eliminates this problem as it gives you a constant brightened focus of your image. I took both a picture and short video clip in pitch black darkness and was astonished with the results.
Thirdly and totally unrelated to the camera/video function, the light can be used as a torch light and a pretty good one at that too. No more using your LCD's backlight display to search for something you've dropped at night in your car or at a cinema for example. The light is so bright that in a pitch black room if the K750i is placed LCD face down on a bedside table, you could actually read a book whilst laying in bed. For the purpose of this review, I tried this (and various other things I won't go into) and found the light was adequate enough to act as a small lamp or torch. Of course this severely drains the battery power, but considering the phone's battery life is quite strong anyway (which we shall come to later), I think the torch light feature is a great selling point.