Review: Nokia 6126
It takes less than 2 seconds for the camera to launch after a quick press on the side button. The viewfinder is full screen with very simple controls. For the first time we can remember, the full screen viewfinder on a clamshell actually matches the picture you will take. The sensor is oriented vertically just like the screen. This allows you to frame your pictures perfectly even if you do have to hold the phone horizontally sometimes.
The D-pad is used to control the simple functions. Up or down changes the digital zoom, while left or right changes the mode from photo to video. The video options are equally limited, and equally easy to use. You can even zoom while shooting.
White balance and brightness are automatic, though a night mode can be activated. It did not work very well when we tested during a night out - most of the pictures came out black, and those that didn't merely had indistinguishable shapes in the blackness. The camera also features a self timer, multi-shot mode, and image effects.
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After a picture is taken, it takes anywhere from one to four seconds to save to either the phone memory or a memory card. Following that, the picture is displayed on a review screen. From that screen, you can delete the picture, send it, save it to a contact or even zoom in on it. If you want to snap another picture, you can either hit the right soft key or wait for the software to return to the viewfinder automatically. You can manually set the delay before the camera returns to the viewfinder.
The gallery is closer to what you'd expect from a smartphone than from Series 40. It will compile a list of pictures from any folder on the phone or on the memory card - including folders of pictures from other cameras or those copied to the card from a computer.
It generates a thumbnails of all the pictures in a folder impressively fast. There was no discernible delay - even with folders of 50+ pictures. Thumbnails can be displayed in a list with file names and dates or in a grid view.
Clicking on a picture to select it brings up a larger view. This can be further enhanced by entering full screen view or zoom mode. In addition to viewing pictures, you can do the usual things like send them, move them, delete them and more.
However in addition to these common functions, you can also do things like adjust the contrast, crop the photo, insert another picture or text in the photo and more. About the only thing we were surprised you cannot do is rotate the picture.
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