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. The Quad-Band cell phone is offered through T-Mobile operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and GPRS/EDGE.
Excerpt: It was years in the making, but Motorola and Kodak's co-developed ZINE ZN5 cameraphone is finally available on T-Mobile. This 5MP AF wunderkind takes fantastic photos, for sure, but you'll have to read this review to see how well it works as a phone.
Excerpt: Not all superstar partnerships turn out for the best. (See: Madonna/Guy Ritchie, Shaq/Kobe, Steve Jobs/John Scully, McCain/Palin, etc.) But Motorola, the inventor of the cell phone, and Kodak, the creator of the digital camera, can be credited with launching at least one successful team-up. Together, these manufacturers have paired to create the Motorola ZINE ZN5, which features the best digicam we’ve seen on a cell phone yet.
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
Summary: Thanks to Kodak’s Perfect Touch technology, which enhances photos with the click of a button, Motorola’s Motozine ZN5 is one of the more sophisticated camera phones we’ve seen. We also love its smooth integraton with Kodak Gallery, to which users can upload photos on the go. But it’s still not to the point where we’d recommend ditching your point-and-shoot, especially if you plan to print your photos.
Pros: Five-megapixel camera, Can upload photos directly to Kodak Gallery, Kodak Perfect Touch technology enhances photos on the phone, Integrated Wi-Fi,
Cons: No 3G, Pictures not good enough for large prints, Cant upload more than one photo at once,
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. Unfortunately, the story changes on cloudy days and indoors and the Xenon is only useful if taking a picture of an object at 7 feet at the most.
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
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.
Banking on the imaging department Motorola has come up with an interesting and well-rounded product.