ok, so kor happened to get his hands on one as a demo/testing unit, I suppose he has to do reviews on it too and test it out. But since I chanced upon it after I got back from work, here eet ees! =D
It’s actually pretty large, but doesn’t feel too heavy. Which is surprising.
The camera mode functions are almost like my S100, with PASM modes and a default auto mode. Although I have to admit seeing the rotary dial for the customized options made me want to rotate the lens on the outer part of the body, but sadly that’s not movable. Adjustments are done via touchscreen by scrolling the dial up or down.
The settings for things such as focus points and grid guides are pretty useful too for camera newbs like me, and it also has different shoot modes and speeds (maybe for people who are into the Muybridge-style series of shots) so that in the plethora of shots you take within a split second, there will be at least one that turned out okay-ish. Jump shots everywhere! =D
I like the playback bar, it’s unobtrusive, and the glowy blue color is quite nice.
Since it’s fitted with Android, it’s possible to upload directly from the device onto whatever social media i.e. Facebook, Instagram, you know the drill. What’s neat is that you can also share via ChatON, dayumn man that’s cool imo. And the picture quality is quite good. A little washed out at times, but I didn’t exactly fiddle with all the settings.
What I like also is that I could apply filter onto the photos, and instantly share from there. And if I was really being anal about it, I can still use custom apps like Pixlr-o-matic to prettify my pictures before sending them out. =D
The OS was quite smooth, I haven’t encountered any force kill while using the camera app. Which is a great thing, haha Android users should know what I mean by this. And it’s response time is quite fast too, so it doesn’t feel like I’m using my Nexus S (okay, so it’s aged quite abit).
At the bottom slot is a reaaallly small slot for the MicroSD card, a SIM card and a battery, which kinda looks like the one they fit onto a Galaxy Note 2. What’s nice though is that on the battery cover there is a small panel to gain direct access to the HDMI jack.
Here’s the view with the zoom out (ready for a picture? ;D) and the flash, which is rather bright but not overpowering.