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Review: LG Revolution

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Media Camera Photos/Video Browse/Customize Extras  

Camera

The Revolution has a 5 megapixel camera with some really nice features. There's no physical camera button, so you have to access it from a shortcut or the app menu. It launches in a snap. The basic shooting screen uses about 80% of the display's real estate as the viewfinder. In the right-most 20%, there is a simple control strip that includes a camcorder toggle, shutter button, and access to the gallery.

Press the screen to pull up a secondary control strip on the left side of the screen, which offers access to camera controls. For anyone who likes to control the behavior of their camera, there's a lot to like. Items such as metering, scene mode, ISO, white balance, color effects, shooting mode and on and on are available to adjust at whim.

When you're ready to take a picture, press the on-screen shutter button. The Revolution takes about a second to focus, and then snaps the image. A review screen pops up instantly. You need to tap the screen to get back to the camera.

As with the relatively high-end LG G2x, the Revolution doesn't offer touch-to-focus. It focuses on whatever is in the center of the viewfinder.

 

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Gallery

The gallery is the stock Android option. Photo albums float in stacks in the main gallery view, and you can sift through them in the chronological timeline in which they are arranged. It has a neat 3D look and feel to it.

Amazingly, the Revolution offers one of the most intense set of editing tools I've ever seen on a phone. You can adjust nearly every aspect of photos from the gallery application, including brightness, effects (fog, motion blur, rain drop effect, angle adjuster, warping), color, filters (18 of them!), text and icons, and on and on. If you can think it up, you can probably do it with the editing tools. Well done!

 

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