Hands on with the Nokia 8600 Luna: Part Three

With the emphasis on design and style, Nokia has only fitted the 8600 Luna with a basic two-megapixel camera lens. Not the end of the world but unfortunately it's bereft of autofocus, any kind of flash or light and macro focus for close-ups. A dedicated side shutter button has also been left off to keep the Luna's design nicely streamlined so to fire up the camera you must first slide open the phone then either delve into the main menu, use the shortcut home screen bar or customise one of the more accessible soft keys.

The 8600 Luna shoots in a 1600x1200 pixel resolution and Nokia has thrown in some camera settings to tinker with including self-timer, night mode, five white balance options plus six effects like sepia and solarize. The centre button on the five-way joypad is your capture/shutter key and a 4x digital zoom is on hand but remember picture quality deteriorates the further you zoom in.

Despite taking some photos in good and natural lighting conditions the Luna's camera still struggled to produce even photos. Highlights were a little blurred, while strong white areas were over saturated and overblown. Focus was also uneven, especially round the edges. Anyone who is sniffing around the 8600 Luna probably won't be too concerned by the camera's disappointing performance (focusing instead on its stunning looks) but we've seen better at this level. The same also goes for its video recording talents. It shoots in a 176x144 pixel resolution and quality really is negligible.

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