Yes it’s true. As I’ve already mentioned, the BlackBerry 9530 (Storm) camera is nice!
In fact, this is the best 3 megapixel camera I’ve used on a phone recently – It’s that good…
– Great macro (requiring no user intervention)
– Excellent low-light performance
– Flash, zoom. and video recordng
– Dedicated 2-stage shutter button
– Image stabilization
– User interface makes framing shots difficult
– Few manual settings (exposure, ISO, etc…)
– Outer plastic lens prone to scratching
Light metering and color balance are very decent, but it’s low-light performance that really puts the Storm camera ahead of the competition.
Here’s a shot made first with the Storm, second with the 5800, and third with the G1 (click to enlarge):
Note that in the Storm picture (top) the sand is less noisy than the 5800 (middle), the color balance is more accurate than the G1 (bottom), and there’s generally more detail…
Here’s another picture taken first with the Storm, second with the 5800, and third with the G1 (click to enlarge):
Note how the Storm picture (top) is more defined and pleasing overall!
Video recording with the Storm is limited to QVGA vs. VGA/widescreen on the 5800 and no support (yet) on the G1. I’m happy to trade higher resolution for better low-light performance, but that’s just me :)
Ultimately, the Storm camera is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise disappointing device… Stay tuned for a full review soon!