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Review: Pantech Crossover

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With just 3 megapixels to work with, I wasn't expecting much from the Crossover, but it doesn't do too poorly. Focus is really soft if you leave it in fixed-focus mode. Things sharpen up a bit with auto-focus turned on. The trade-off is speed. When in fixed-focus mode, the Crossover shoots images much faster.

Color and white balance looked mostly good, and exposure was generally accurate. I was disappointed with the amount of grain I noticed in many of the images I captured. If you know what you're doing, and make the proper adjustments ahead of time, you'll get better results than if you just got shooting willy-nilly. But, if you choose the easier path of pointing-and-shooting, you'll still manage to get some usable shots.

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The Crossover records video at a maximum resolution of 800 x 480. That's wide-screen, and better than many lower-end Android phones, but it's not HD. The video camera's software mirrors that of the still camera and offers many of the same controls. The video I shot was very good, but short of excellent. Focus was a bit soft, but exposure, color and white balance were all good. The real problem was grain and other digital noise that popped up in video. It is far from terrible, but noticeable just the same.

Video you shoot with the Crossover will be great for sharing via MMS or FaceBook, but not necessarily the best quality for your YouTube channel.

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