Samsung M8919 Pixon 12

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 September, 2009, 12:00am

There are a lot of mobile phones with built-in cameras, but Samsung's new M8910 Pixon 12 might make you question if it's actually a digital camera that comes with a built-in mobile phone.

While marketed as a phone, the M8910 is equipped with a 12-megapixel digital camera, matching all compact digicam models on the market today. To support those images (maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels), you also get a 28mm lens, xenon flash, touch-based focus, wide dynamic range, face, smile and blink detection, geo-tagging and autofocus tracking.

The only thing missing seems to be an optical zoom lens - no doubt to keep the M8910 a manageable size. It does, however, record video at 700 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second - better than some compacts, but not quite high-definition.

As a phone, the M8910 comes with support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA data connectivity, as well as quad-band GSM and GPRS. There's also Bluetooth, FM radio, and lots of other standard phone features.

Everything on the M8910 is controlled from a 3.1-inch touch screen, which also serves as the camera's viewfinder. There's also a dedicated button that gives you easy access to the camera so you don't miss a shot.

The Samsung M8910 Pixon 12 is selling for HK$5,680, which is quite expensive for a mobile phone, or a compact digital camera. Then again, it gives you both.

Pros: 12-megapixel images, high-speed data access, large touch screen

Cons: no optical zoom, pricy