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Review: Motorola i1

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With 5 megapixels and a flash, I was hoping for better. The images turn out mostly OK, but none were spectacular. They'll be fine for most people and everyday sharing situations such as Facebook or TwitPics, but recreational photographers will be disappointed with the results generated by the i1.

On average, the i1 gets white balance, color tones, and exposure right, but the lighting has to be good to begin with. If you're in a dimly lit spot, or have super bright conditions, details are easily lost or blown out. Grain shows up in some outdoor images, but it was almost always present in photos taken indoors. The flash does little more than cast a bluish pall across people's faces in places such as bars or dark restaurants.

Advanced users may know enough to help the i1's camera overcome its limitations, but they'll be frustrated with the inconsistency of the results. Regular users may be pleased as punch with the results.

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The quality of videos captured with the i1 is neither stellar nor stinky. They're just, well, OK. You might get lucky and shoot something with little grain that's relatively bright and clear. If you're not lucky, you'll see some random waviness and speckles of grain all over. In between, there's a dull pastiche of videos that are almost good, but not bad.

3GPP / MPEG-4 format (viewable with QuickTime)
File size: 1.8 MB


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