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Review: Casio G'zOne Brigade

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I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the photos and videos I shot with the Casio Brigade. The last few G'zOne phones have left me wanting a better camera, but the 3-megapixel shooter on the Brigade did a fine job. It wasn't perfect, especially at full crop, where you'll see plenty of noise and pixelation in the details. But these pics would make a fine addition to a social networking site or even a wallpaper on a small computer screen. Colors were accurate, except for reds which tend to bleed a bit in small sensors. I even found the flash to be adequate. It provided a nice, even light without washing my images in a blue haze. Indoors, things started to fall apart, with more noise and washed out colors, but this is really an outdoor phone, so that didn't bother me much. Some of my macro shots looked quite good, and even the underwater pics I took were clean and clear.


The Casio Brigade also shoots video at 320 by 240, QVGA resolution. Videos were also better than I expected (though my expectations were low), especially on the bright, sunny day I tested the camcorder feature. The video camera easily survived a dip in the pool, and my underwater movies were bright and blue, as they should be. This would be a fun phone to take to the pool or on a beach vacation for some impromptu shots.

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