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Review: Nokia 5300

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The 5300 takes decent pictures in sunny outdoor situations, and scored 20/50 on the vision test. We were not wowed, but we weren't disappointed either. Even when presented with high contrast settings, the camera balanced out the dark and bright areas. Colors were represented well.

The same cannot be said for pictures taken in darker or indoor situations. Indoor pictures have a large amount of grain, even when set to the highest quality. The camera does not have a flash, so the only way to alleviate this is to activate the "night mode". Pictures taken in night mode were less grainy, but still didn't compare to the cleaner outdoor shots.

The video we shot was all grainy. While the motion and action were fairly smooth, the sound was choppy and faded in and out. In high contrast lighting, the video player did a poorer job of balancing out the lights and darks than the camera.

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