Review: Motorola Citrus
The problems with the image gallery are even more egregious because the pictures taken with the 3-megapixel camera aren't half bad. They're pictures you might actually want to show off on the camera's screen. The fixed focus lens had a tendency to look far beyond my subject, even when I wasn't very close, and focus on the background. But for more distant shots or self portraits, the camera did a fine job. Color looked good, except for some blown-out reds. Indoors, things got blurry, but there was no obvious color noise or speckling in the dark spots. If the gallery was capable of sharing images properly, these pictures would be fine for posting on your favorite social site. At least the picture messaging feature worked, so you can send them as reduced-quality MMS messages.
Video quality from the camcorder was also pretty good. The camcorder can only record at CIF resolution, which is 352 by 288 pixels, so the resulting videos are fairly tiny. But for small videos, at least the Citrus produces a good quality movie. There were no motion issues, and colors were bright and vibrant, especially outdoors. The camera had a tendency to blow out bright spots of backlit areas, but overall the quality was pretty good.
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