Conclusion: In sunny conditions, the first Motorola/Kodak camera phone holds its own against dedicated digital still cameras. It makes clear calls, too, so it's a solid choice for avid shutterbugs with T-Mobile service.
Pros: 5-megapixel camera. Excellent call quality. Full Web browser. Wi-Fi.
Cons: No 3G or Wi-Fi calling. Low-quality video recording mode. Photos are noisy in low light.
Motorola Zine ZN5 Quad-Band Camera Cell Phone: What Are You Waiting For?
Personal Electronics buzz
1 December 2008
Excerpt: Motorola Zine ZN5 is a perfect combination of excellent call quality and one of the best camera phones available today. The Zine ZN5 is the result of two giants (Motorola and Kodak), putting their heads together and creating a great product.
Conclusion: Ultimately, the ZN5 comes correct in terms of the top four cell phone extras – digital camera, Web surfing capability, email access and music playback – and delivers them coupled with an excellent phone.
Pros: Outstanding 5MP camera; Wi-Fi enabled; speedy web surfing; good music player
Cons: Video recording hiccups; microSD card under battery cover; lacks dedicated music controls
Conclusion: Motorola enters the cameraphone market late, but better late than never and it did not disappoint us. The ZINE ZN5 has a modern design, it’s suitable for listening to music and has a very fast camera, which takes very good pictures if the sun is shining.
Pros: Elegant, modern and user-friendly, Very fast camera, Long battery life, Good sound quality
Cons: The back lid is very hard to open, No 3G, The camcorder shoots videos at very low resolution, No high-quality video playback, Poor image quality in low lighting conditions
Excerpt: Oh snap! There’s a new cameraphone on the block — and this skinny, pixel-packin’ newcomer’s got Nokia and Sony Ericsson squarely in its sights. As the unlikely lovechild of a sweaty fling between Motorola’s engineers and Kodak’s imaging wizards, the ZN5 aims to give cameraphone mainstays like the...
Pros: Access camera mode with a flick of the lens cover. Skinny, with curves in all the right places, the ZN5 is one of the most attractive cameraphones out there. Big, beautiful 2.4-inch screen. Backlit keypad is simple and elegant. Flip the phone sideways in camera mode, and dedicated camera and gall...
Cons: Indexed zoom (4x) is clunky and makes noisy images downright deafening. Disappointing low light performance. 15 fps looks craptastic even on the ZN5’s screen. WTF! Moto’s still cramming the MicroSD card behind the battery.
Summary: The ZN5's camera is one of the better ones to have graced a phone, with its low-light performance especially impressive. But the handset has a pretty boring design and its lack of 3G support is unforgivable.
Pros: 5-megapixel sensor; good low-light performance; great battery life.
Summary: The reception quality of the ZN5 was never an issue during our quality time with it, for it is a typical Motorola branded phone. The loudspeaker’s volume is higher than average, so you’ll have no problems hearing call alerts even on a noisy street. The vibro alert performed just as well.