Review: Nokia 3220
The phone and camera application are designed to hold the phone vertically (like you normally would hold it). This makes it very easy to hold the phone still during a picture, however also positions your fingers in front of the lens if you aren't careful. Held vertically, the phone takes VGA pictures in landscape orientation.
The viewfinder is letter boxed with menu bars above and below to frame the shot. The camera has a portrait mode, but it takes 80 x 96 pixel snapshots for photo caller ID. Nokia has separated night mode from the regular camera mode again. This is a good thing as the auto night mode seemed to significantly desaturate daytime pictures on the last models. Now daytime pictures are slightly over-saturated, if anything, and night mode pictures are much brighter but still very grainy.
Video is a messaging-friendly 128 x 96 resolution. It averages 10-15 frames per second, which is fast enough to show motion, but slow enough to still look a bit choppy. The sound is even choppier than the video. The video recorder defaults to 15 second clips - the maximum length that can be squeezed into the MMS size most carriers allow - however there is a setting to change the clip length to Maximum, which is 50 seconds.
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There is a minimum wait of 2 seconds between taking a picture and the camera ready to take another. Most of that time is dedicated to saving the picture, however once it is saved you must take a quick second and press the Back softkey to return to the viewfinder. If you do not press Back, you have most the options as if you were in the Gallery application.
The only way you can manipulate the photo is by adjusting the contrast. There are no special effects to add and it cannot be rotated. You are given the option to move, rename or delete the file (how DOS of Nokia!), or attach it to an MMS. The Gallery application additionally gives you the option to zoom in on the photo and pan around to inspect the photo at 50% scale. It is not possible to zoom in to a full 100%. The gallery application has a few different views for sorting pictures, including list style and a grid. The grid of thumbnails suffers a noticeable delay when navigating between photos, and especially between screens of thumbnails.
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