That noise you can hear? It’s the thud, thud, thud as the digital compact camera coffin is carried to its grave.
After years of playing catch-up, the humble British cameraphone – in the shape of LG’s K920 – has finally matched the megapixel level of its standalone rivals. Capable of taking 5MP shots, LG’s swivelling hybrid goes a full two megapixels further than previous cameraphones from the likes of Sony Ericsson, Nokia and BenQ Siemens.
Whether it produces shots comparable to a proper 5MP compact camera remains to be seen, although it’s worth pointing out that most compacts these days have moved on to the safer land of 7 and 8MP shores. We’re hoping to look at a finished one next week, so we’ll let you know the second we’ve had a play.
Other cool photography stuff includes two flashes – one xenon similar to your average camera, one a phone LED light – auto-focus and a 240 x 320 res screen to peruse the results. Storage is ably handled by a 256MB MiniSD card that comes in the box, and it even has an MP3/AAC player (not for iTunes Music Store tracks, naturally).
With such power credentials, we’d expected the thing to be a beast. Obese. Obscene. But it’s not, since the thing’s only 18mm thick and weighs 130g, which is actually fairly small.
Nokia, Sony Ericsson: it’s your move.
Price: Free on contract
On sale: August
Contact: Carphone Warehouse