BlackBerry Tour camera
The BlackBerry 9630 (Tour) camera is identical to the BlackBerry 9530 (Storm) camera – if you’ve read my review of the Storm camera, you’ve read my review of the Tour camera :)
The Tour takes pretty awesome pictures for a business phone (slide show). It lacks the accelerometer present in the Storm, so there is no auto-rotation, but it features a dedicated two-stage camera button, which is missing on most other devices with a similar form factor, like the Nokia E71.
I recently snapped matching shots with the Tour and the excellent Nokia N900. Although the N900 camera wins overall, the Tour camera holds its own – judge for yourself.
Blackberry Tour (3.2 megapixel sensor):
Nokia N900 (5 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics):
Video recording with the Tour is nothing to write home about, with a resolution of 480×352 pixel, and a frame rate of about 20 fps. Here is a sample video (download original):
You are so right on the camera. It takes great photos. Maybe better than the 3.2 MP CZ Nokia devices. Blackberry needs to make this a selling point to widen their big gap in the US.
Now video looks horrendous. That’s probably due to hardware chips, not sure, though. But let RIM upgrade to a better hardware platform and get Nokia to port Qt to the Blackberry OS, and its game over for everyone else in the consumer and enterprise mass market. There will be geekier items, but Blackberry is coming along nicely media wise, considering where they’ve come from.
Good looking out, tnkgrl, as usual.