The G600 is Samsung’s first 5-megapixel camera phone, released as a direct competitor to the high-res cameras on the Nokia N95 and Sony Ericsson’s K850i. While Samsung have upped the resolution, however, behind the lens the presentation and specifications are much the same as the 3.2-megapixel camera on the U600.
The G600 does have an auto-focus feature – just half-press the shutter key and the camera locks onto the target before capturing the image after a short (though acceptable) delay.
There’s still a wide range of settings on the camera app, from the usual white balance and macro settings to multi-shot mode, ISO setting (100 to 800) and the biggest selection of colour effects we’ve seen on a camera phone; they range from black and white and sepia to emboss, green and aqua. There’s also an arty mosaic mode, although we’re not sure what its purpose is.
The white balance options – Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, and Sunset – worked as expected, although using the cloudy option in anything other than biblical conditions resulted in a red tint on the image. The ISO settings give the impression of a degree of professional photography but in reality the higher the ISO, the more an image is lightened digitally, and longer ‘exposed’ images tend to display more noise than others.
The camera takes good photos at all nine of its resolutions from 320×240 up to 2560×1920, and is great for everything from party snaps to arty landscapes. It also captures video at 640×480. Our only reservation is the usual gripe about the LED flash, which leaves its tell-tale blue glare on indoor pics. For a 5-megapixel camera, we’re disappointed that it doesn’t have a more powerful Xenon flash instead.