So I’m not the target demographic for this device, but I have to admit that the Equinox is quite sexy for a flip phone! It’s surprisingly compact, and features some interesting touches like a secondary OLED display and a programmable notification light…
In 3 months of ownership, I snapped nearly 1000 pictures with my Nokia N85, US version, including some truly great ones! That covers most of the pictures taken during my holiday road trip to New Orleans.
Right about now, you probably expect me to write a glowing review of the N85 camera, but I can’t – it’s pretty nice, but it’s not good enough.
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Spec-wise, the ZN5 is similar to the K850i. The 5 megapixel (Kodak branded) camera features auto-focus, macro, a xenon flash, and an active lens cover.
Exposure and light metering are excellent. Colors are rich and well balanced. Low-light performance is pretty good for a CMOS sensor, but the i-mobile 902 is still better thanks to its CCD sensor.
The ZN5 beats the speedy N82 with an even faster startup time and faster (LED-assisted) auto-focus – it’s almost as quick as a point-and-shoot digital camera!
The macro is somewhat disappointing because it’s unable to focus on objects as closely as the other devices. This is not a deal breaker, however.
When the time comes to upload pictures there’s no 3G. No accelerometer means no auto-rotation, just like the i-mobile 902. No GPS means no geo-tagging – then again, it’s also missing from the K850i.
Unfortunately, video recording with the ZN5 is
limited demoted to QCIF (176×144 pixels at 15 fps), vs. QVGA (320×240 pixels at 30 fps) with the K850i, and VGA (640×480 pixels at 30 fps) with the other devices…
The verdict? As a camera, the ZN5 is one of the best 5 megapixel devices on the market today – it’s up there with the fabulous N82. As a phone (or a video recorder), it’s a different story.
So I played with the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) for almost a month, and it’s been a mixed bag. The camera is absolutely fantastic, but data connectivity is severely lacking because the phone was crippled by T-Mobile…
It’s not a smarphone – feature-wise, the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) is very similar to the Sony Ericsson K850i, which I reviewed last year. The main difference is that 3G on the K850i was replaced with WiFi on the ZN5.
I used the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) to take most of the pictures :)
Wow, T-Mobile is on a roll lately. First 3G, then the first Android device in the world, and now the first subsidized 5-megapixel cameraphone in the US :)
So what’s so special about this device?
- 5 megapixel Kodak camera with auto-focus, macro, xenon flash and lens cover
- WiFi support
- Standard 3.5 mm audio connector
And what’s missing?
- 3G support
- Not a smartphone
- Inoperable without SIM inserted
I’ll be playing with the Motorola ZN5 (ZINE) for a few weeks, with a focus on camera performance (pun intended). Can the camera compete with Nokia’s finest? I’ll keep you posted.