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Review: iPhone 3G

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The camera and camera software have not been changed, either. This is bothersome to us. All you can do is point and shoot. While the simplicity of the iPhone's camera has its advantages from time to time, we truly wish we had some options.

These include having the ability to adjust brightness, white balance, resolution, quality, effects, zoom, and on and on and on. The iPhone has none of these. We can only assume that Apple expects people to use iPhoto or some other PC-based photo editing program to make adjustments after the fact.


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With no manual brightness in the camera controls, you can only force the automatic brightness to do what you want by aiming the camera, so that more bright (or dim) areas dominate the scene. This often means framing your shot oddly, and sometimes cutting off part of your subject to get good exposure.

White balance  

As before, the camera's automatic white balance is excellent, but like any automatic white balance, it can be fooled by unusual scenes. That makes the lack of a manual control frustrating. For example, there is one flower box we found that will always fool the camera into making the scene extremely purple-tinted.

We know that Apple has the ability to add these basic manual functions. Why it hasn't is beyond us.


The gallery application is unchanged.


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