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Review: Samsung Highnote

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Highnote is equipped with the usual 2 MP camera (1600 x 1200 pixels maximum resolution) with up to a 10x zoom, depending on the resolution setting. There is no zoom available at the top 2 MP resolution setting, and there's no flash or vanity mirror. Although not fancy, the camera shutter lag is faster than most (and faster than Samsung's previous cell cameras) similarly-priced cellcams I've used.

Pressing the side camera control once brings up a camera menu which includes camera, camcorder, My Albums, PictBridge, Order Prints and Settings and Info. You can go directly to the camera simply by pressing and holding the camera key until the camera boots.

Clicking the left-right control (in portrait mode, up-down in landscape) increases or decreases the "EV" (exposure value, usually labeled the less pretentious "brightness" on other cellphones) control, a toggle I've never seen placed so prominently on a cellcam. Zoom is available at a lower resolution settings.

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Highnote's camera is equipped with a 5- and 10-second self-timer; a 3, 5 or 10 Series Shot multi-shot option; a 4- , 9- or 16-shot "Divided Shot," essentially Highnote's stitched multi-shot setting; you can choose from a variety of fun frames or tinting options, depending on resolution; and, brightness, white balance, night shot and metering controls and settings.

The camcorder records 15 frame per second QCIF 176 x 144 pixel videos. Choosing Video Mail limits your clips to 30 seconds; choosing Long Video lets you record for as long as your memory holds out.

 
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