The common public perception of camera phones is that they take some rather mediocre pictures and, for the most part, the public is right. This perception would not be accurate, though, for the Motorola ZINE ZN5.
Set to launch through T-Mobile, this otherwise standard-looking Motorola candybar phone actually boasts a 5 megapixel auto-focus Kodak camera with Xenon flash. If it wasn’t for the numeric keypad on the other side, this handset could easily be mistaken for a regular Kodak digital camera. Well, it doesn’t have optical zoom, but the picture quality here should be a a grade better than what you’ve experienced with camera phones in the past.
This push toward better camera phones is obviously not limited to Motorola. I hear that Sony Ericsson took out an ad in FHM for the new Sony Ericsson C905. That phone rocks an eight megapixel camera and the kicker is that the photography used in the FHM ad was shot using the C905. This speaks volumes to how far camera phones have evolved over the years and aims to dispel the misconception that all camera phones are mediocre at best.
Going back to the Motorola ZINE ZN5, you also get quad-band GSM/EDGE, Wi-Fi, 350MB internal memory, microSD expansion slot, 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, TV out, and stereo Bluetooth. There’s also support for the Kodak EasyShare software, which lets you use the Wi-Fi for instant uploading to the web. In this way, the ZINE ZN5 is no less powerful than a standalone Kodak digital camera… not that Kodak digicams are that great, but they’re usually better than camera phones.
You may think that the Motorola ZINE ZN5 looks like a budget-minded handset and the price tag largely confirms this. It’ll retail for $99 with a two-year contract through T-Mobile. It’s available starting today through select corporate stores and online.