Review: Pantech Laser
Image quality ranged all over. Focus was soft as often as it was sharp. White balance was right most of the time, as were color tones. Details were lost here and there when the sensor was overloaded — especially on whites. The real problem was noise and grain. Nearly every image was saturated with digital artifacts. It was almost as if a filter were placed in front of the camera before I fired my shots. Even with the megapixel and quality settings ramped all the way up, it was impossible to avoid graininess, even outdoors on bright, sunny days.
Would I share these? Well, some will surely be MMS worthy, and some might even be Facebook worthy. I doubt you're going to want to share any of these images on Picasa, Flickr, or even via email.
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Video quality wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. That's not to say it's great, but it's better than the camera — on average. Video clips exhibited some waviness and odd motion as the Laser was panned around, but it wasn't nausea-inducing. There was less grain than I expected to see, and clarity was pretty good. The biggest problem I saw with the video camera was exposure. It couldn't handle whites at all, and would completely blow them out. It reacted slowly to drastic changes in lighting, and then would mistakenly overcompensate. I would say the Laser captures MMS-quality video, but nothing more than that.
MPEG-4 format (viewable with QuickTime)
File size: 3.6 MB
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