Life is Viewty-ful, there are many different photography opportunities daily in our life, our work and our travels. Sometimes, even though you may just be a casual photographer, don’t you wish for a camera phone that you can take out from your bags or pockets and capture a beautiful photo, when you are the right place and right time ?
Look no further, presenting to you, a review of the LG Viewty Smart GC 900 camera phone, one of the latest and smartest camera phone to enter LG’s diverse range of mobile phones. Let me bring you through the journey when I was involved in the LG “Life is Viewty-ful” campaign and after a period of testing, I am very happy that I owned a camera phone.
Before going further, the specifications of the LG Viewty Smart GC 900 are below
|UMTS: 900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900||108.9 x 56.1 x 12.4mm|
|. Message||. Screen Display|
|SMS / MMS / Email (IMAP4, SMTP, POP3), Predictive Text Input(T9)||External LCD (pixel) 480 x 800, 3.0″ WVGA|
|. # of colour||. FM Radio|
|16M, TFT Touch Screen||Yes|
|. Internal Memory||. Memory Slot|
|1.5GB user memory||Micro SD up to 8GB|
|. Weight(g)||. Battery Capacity(mAh)|
|102g with standard battery||1000mAh, Li-ion|
|. Standby time(h)||. Java version|
|350 hrs (2G), 400 hrs (3G)||2.0|
|. Camera||. Digital Zoom|
|CMOS, 8 Megapixel||Digital Zoom x 4|
|. WiFi||. PIM|
|Yes||Schedule / Alarm / Phonebook(# of names): 1000|
|. Data Connectivity||. Personalization|
|USB / PC Sync||Wallpaper, Picture and ring tone downloading|
|. Speaker phone||. Touch Screen|
|. MIDI||. Dolby Mobile|
|Yes (64)||For video and audio playback|
|. Video Telephony|
Source : LG Mobile Singapore
What makes this LG Viewty Smart GC 900 so impressive ? For a hardcore DSLR user like me, I was very impressed with the camera phone given its limitations (a DSLR can’t be compared to a camera phone).
Key Outstanding Functions and Features of LG Viewty Smart GC 900
– Intelligent Shot Mode
A Camera Phone 1st, highly intelligent phone, analyse and capture beautiful photographs in any condition. Absolutely wonderful !
– 8 Megapixel Camera with ISO 1600
When it comes to printing, you don’t have to worry about picture quality !
– Multiple Shot Modes
Beauty, Panorama, Art, Continuous and Smile shots – intelligent and multiple shot modes, makes photography easy, friendly and fun for everyday use and just as good for serious photography too.
– Multi-Face Detection
3 faces can be detected at once, excellent portrait photography !
– Lense and Aperture
Schneider-Kreuznach Lense , maximum aperture f/2.8 with Image Stabiliser
– 3.o inch WVGA LCD
Crystal clear and wide viewing experience.
– Photo Editing
Bringing photo editing into LG Viewty Smart, giving u a Viewty-ful lifestyle with editing features such as (1) Fog Drawing (2) Raindrop Effect (3) ID Photo (4) Morphing & Freestyle Warping (5) Geo-Tagging
– 3D S-Class User Interface
A wonderful design and invention, smarter and friendlier, making it easily accessible for the camera phone, thus camera friendly.
~ Cube Layout, Floating Image Gallery, Reel Scrolling
~ Camera User Interface with Quick Keys with a virtual setting dial on the viewfinder
– SmartPhone and Multimedia Phone Capabilities
~ Dolby Mobile
~ DivX / Xvid playback
~ Movie maker
Sample portfolio photographs taken using the LG Viewty Smart GC 900 can be viewed from my Flickr folder of CommunicAsia 2009 and the following my following blog posts on My Mystery New Toy.
Nothing in life is perfect, that goes the same for electronic gadgets. Some of the issues are
– Difficulty in taking night sceneries
– Grainy image quality for night shots
– Slow focusing
Taking into account the above considerations and it is a camera phone, I am still very impressed and if you are a hardcore DSLR photographer like me, you will be amazed by its multi-function and intelligent features and I believe it will give traditional digital cameras a run for their money with its light and intelligent features along with its smartphone and multimedia phone qualities and features. The price for the LG GC 900 at SingtelShop is currently $398 with 2 year contract (Do check out the SingtelShop website for the latest price).
Having a good camera does come in handy in situations where having a large one might be too distracting or bulky.
How do you compare this cell phone with iPhone, JH?
I think a good camera phone is necessary specially we want send picture to internet anywhere anytime. 😛
Hi Mei Teng
Agreed with you, we don’t usually carry our DSLR & accessories every time and an awesome camera phone such as the LG GC900 would be ideal !
I haven’t really made a comparison across the 2 models, both have their strong and weak points.
Would look into doing comparisons and I would still be using both the Apple iPhone & the LG GC 900 Viewty Smart !