Review: LG Chocolate
The Chocolate's camera is hidden behind the slide, so the phone must be open to take a picture. Once open, a quick press of the camera side button starts up the viewfinder in about 2 seconds. It takes just as long to start the viewfinder from the menus, but you have to get there first, which involves a number of clicks. Even though `new message' tops the messaging menu, `new picture' ranks sixth in the pictures and video menu.
The viewfinder has a large status bar that shows the current resolution settings and whether the camera is in still or video mode. Although there is space for more icons in this bar, additional icons (such as the one for night mode) are overlaid on the viewfinder or not displayed at all.
The brightness can be adjusted by hitting up on the D-pad. All other adjustments including white balance, night mode, and resolution are accessed through the options menu.
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You can use either the camera side button or the select button to take a picture. If you use the side button, the picture is automatically saved and you are quickly returned to the viewfinder. However if you use the select button, you will need to either choose save or send from the review screen in order to keep the picture. If you close the phone or take any other action first, the picture is deleted.
Pictures and video are all saved to the phone's internal memory. There is no setting to save them to the memory card instead. However once inside the gallery application, they can be moved to the card rather easily. They cannot be sent to other devices using Bluetooth.
When launched, the gallery application quickly builds thumbnails for all the pictures in the phone and on the memory card and displays them together in chronological order.
From either the thumbnail view or the single picture view, you can move, rename and delete photos. In addition you can also choose to view a picture in zoom mode, which will allow you to zoom pretty close (although not to 100% on a 1 megapixel shot) and pan around the picture.
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