The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic has a 2-megapixel camera on the back panel, which can theoretically capture still images in high enough quality for 6×4-inch prints. Its camera can also shoot video in low resolution 176×144 quality.
The camera on the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic has a limited array of shooting features and camera controls. There’s no flash on the phone, no autofocus and no macro mode for close up shooting. There are no dedicated fast access camera buttons but you can switch on the camera quickly using shortcuts on the Active Standby screen, or by pressing user-configurable softkey or navigation pad shortcuts.
As well as shooting in the maximum resolution of 1600×1200 pixels, there are six other lower resolution settings (ranging down to 160×120 pixels, for adding pics to contacts). Basic white balance adjustment – for daylight, tungsten or fluorescent lighting conditions plus an auto setting – are available. So too are a range of simple effects – sepia, negative, false colours, greyscale and solarise – and a self-timer.
The basic controls reflect an average camera that can take presentable images under good light conditions, but which is very limited. Pictures can be soft and lacking in real detail. Colours can also appear washed out in average quality lighting conditions, and the camera’s auto system can’t stretch to handle varying or tricky light conditions. While it can produce pleasant enough snaps, the camera on the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic is not the star of the show here.