Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint
Images I captured with the DuraMax are Picture Mail worthy and perhaps even worth sharing via social networks (if you could.) Colors looked good, images were sharp, and white balance was mostly accurate. Shots taken inside were full of grain and digital artifacts, though. The flash didn't help images much unless the subjects were very close to the camera.
Outdoors, the DuraMax fared better. In bright sunlight, the DuraMax had a hard time adjusting to brightness levels appropriately, which resulted in some washed out images (see the snow and the statue). But overall, they looked pretty good for an entry-level flip phone.
In other words, if you need to prove to your buddies back home that you really did catch that 24-inch salmon over the weekend, you'll be able to use the DuraMax to back you up.
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The DuraMax's camcorder records video at a maximum of 176 x 144 pixels, which is about as crummy as it gets. In fact, the window through which you shoot video is so amazingly small, it's nearly impossible to tell what you're shooting. As expected, the resultant video is utterly awful.
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