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Mercury rising

Thin profile, glossy black

Camera shots

Shade test

Backlit sunshine

Direct sunlight

Indoors

Studio shot

Cricket's Huawei Mercury is easily the no-contract carrier's most advanced handset offering in terms of specs, and a lot of that rests on the Android Gingerbread smartphone's 8-megapixel camera.
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The handset itself is pretty nice to have and to hold, all things considered. It's got a 4-inch display and a lean body, though the glossy black plastic surface is a haven for fingerprints.
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And now, the usual disclaimer that all photos have been taken with automatic settings. They'll all been resized, but are otherwise untouched. Now you may enjoy the detail and color of this winter leaf.
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In the following outdoor shots, the Mercury picked up accurate color and good details.
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In this indoor shot, things change. The photo is blurrier, with far less focus and detail.
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This shot was taken under controlled lighting in our indoor studio. Other 8-megapixel cameras reproduce the scene with crisper lines.
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