Photos: Samsung i8510 8-megapixel camera phone

If there's one company that knows how to show off its technical capabilities it's Samsung. Behold the Samsung i8510, with an 8 -- that's right -- 8-megapixel camera

Andrew Lim
2 min read

'Anything you can do, Samsung can do better' is what we imagine Samsung's mentality is when it comes to developing its mobile phones. Take the Samsung i8510, for example -- it's very similar specs-wise to the incoming Nokia N96, but it comes with a little extra in the form of an 8-megapixel camera. No, that's not a typo.

Other features that'll have you jumping around like an Olympic gold medallist are HSDPA (7.2Mbps), Wi-Fi and GPS, so you can find out where you're going or geo-tag your pictures. The whole thing runs on Symbian, so the user experience is almost identical to that of a Nokia phone.

You'll be able to get your hands on one of these beauties soon from the Carphone Warehouse, most likely for free on a monthly contract. Click on the next page for more pictures and deets of the camera's impressive features. -Andrew Lim

The i8510's brilliant camera lets offers a variety of different modes that wouldn't look out of place on a decent compact camera, including slow motion video and a panoramic mode (pictured) that's one of the best we've used yet. As you move the camera around it automatically figures out when to take the next pic, takes it, and then it stitches all the shots together.

There's a face-detection feature, which automatically detects a face in a picture and then adjusts the camera's setting to take the best shot of the person's face. There's a smile-detection feature that takes a picture when someone smiles and it works well, as we found out when we briefly tested it in the office. These will all be familiar to camera aficionados, but it's the first time we've seen such an extensive set of camera features on a phone.

Our only disappointment so far with the camera is that it doesn't have a xenon flash. The LED photo light is bright, but only when you're close up, and it doesn't illuminate a scene very well if it's very dark and you're stood more than a couple of metres away. There's no room for optical zoom, either.

The Samsung i8510's slide-out keypad is large and easy to use. Interestingly, Samsung has squashed a touch-sensitive navigation pad in the middle of the four-way nav key. It sounds like a good idea, but in practice we found it fiddly to use.

Cool camera aside, the Samsung i8510 offers a whopping 16GB of on-board memory and the option to add even more memory via microSDHC -- up to a 16GB card. That means you can store up to 32GB of music, pictures and videos. Better yet, there's a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so you can use your own headphones rather than the ones that come in the box. Our only niggle with the headphone jack is that it's on the side instead of the top, which means the headphone pin will stick out at a weird angle in your pocket.