Review: Pantech Crossover
The Crossover has a 3 megapxiel camera. The software that controls it is decent, but stripped of some features typically found on more high-end devices. The camera will open if you press the dedicated camera button or the software button on the home screen. It opens a little bit on the slow side, perhaps 2.5 - 3.0 seconds. You'll miss some fleeting shots thanks to that.
Once open, the viewfinder is mostly reserved for viewing your subject. Only a small sliver on the right side is reserved for some basic controls (software shutter button, switch to video camera, settings). If you tap the screen once, another control panel will appear on the left side of the screen. This allows users to adjust the shooting mode, white balance, exposure, and a few other settings before firing off some shots.
The Crossover can be set to auto-focus or fixed-focus modes. When in auto-focus mode (which I highly recommend you use), the Crossover will focus on whatever is in the center of the screen. There is no touch-to-focus. Press the shutter button and the Crossover takes about a second to focus, and then another second to process the shot and get you to a review screen. From there, you have the typical options for sharing or jumping back to the camera application.
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The Crossover uses the stock Android 2.2 gallery application. You can open it either from the camera app or the main menu. It syncs with your Google Picasa account (if you have one) and sorts photo albums based on date and location. They float in a 3D-esque space and you can swipe through albums or choose one and open it.
With an album open, photos and videos are intermingled based on when they were captured. You can navigate through the album quickly to drill down to the photos you want to see/interact with.
Sharing options for photos are ridiculous. Think of a service or social network, and you can push the photo to it. Editing features, however, are limited to crop and rotate left/right.
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