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THE AMAZING SAMSUNG 3.2 MP a990 PHONE/CAMERA

Is it a phone, trying to be a camera? ..... or a camera, trying to be a phone? Actually it does a great job at both. These are some photos taken with the new Verizon Samsung a990 wireless telephone. The phone has a 3.2 megapixel camera and is the best phone camera I have ever owned. Noise levels, even at ISO 800, are unbelievably low. I have made many 8 x 10" prints that are amazing. When I show them to friends, they don't believe the photos were made by a phone!

The colors are gorgeous and even pastels are vibrant. The auto white balance is better than most of the consumer-level digital cameras I have owned. The phone accepts mini-SD memory cards up to 2GB. The mini cards may be read by a standard card reader, using an SD card adaptor. You can also print directly to most newer printers. The phone/camera also comes with a sound/video cord to show your photos or videos directly from the camera to a television.

The photos here were mildly enhanced in PhotoShop Elements (unsharp mask and enhancing shadow detail), but no noise reduction was applied.

The inside phone display swivels and becomes a viewfinder for the camera. Many camera settings can be changed, including flash, white balance, ISO, macro, metering (spot, center and averaging), etc. In addition, with the optional memory card, you can take up to a full hour of video. It will not replace your regular digital camera, but now you can have a real camera with you all the time!

Oh, and it is also a supurb telephone and an MP3 music/video player, internet capable and GPS turn-by-turn directions capable! The sound quality is outstanding and the phone does an excellent job of minimizing or eliminating background noise.

I paired the phone/camera with a Samsung WEP200 Bluetooth Headset. It also provides outstanding sound and is VERY small (only 1.1" x 1.4" x .8", about 1/4 the size of most of the currently available Bluetooth headsets) and weighs less than 2 ounces.

One minor glitch I have noticed is that the EXIF data is incorrect. It always indicates that flash was used, even if it was not, and the only shutter speed ever shown is 1/125 sec. With the outstanding photo quality offered by this unit, that's not even worth complaining about! It would also be nice to have a tripod mount, but I'm not sure where they could put it, given the size of the unit.

UPDATE: Some folks in another forum wanted to see some full-size file images. I have posted full-size files of 5 images, located near the bottom of this gallery. Following those 5 images, are 3 straight-out-of-the-camera, unmodified files. Be sure to enlarge the images by clicking on "original", below the EXIF data box.
HUMMING BIRD.1.jpg
HUMMING BIRD.1.jpg
CONNEMARA  -  CARL SANDBURG'S HOME, IN FLAT ROCK, NORTH CAROLINA
"CONNEMARA" - CARL SANDBURG'S HOME, IN FLAT ROCK, NORTH CAROLINA
A FACE ONLY A CABBAGE PATCH MOTHER COULD LOVE!
A FACE ONLY A CABBAGE PATCH MOTHER COULD LOVE!
CHEVY VOLT - ISO 100
CHEVY VOLT - ISO 100
SAUSAGE CRITTER - ISO 800
SAUSAGE CRITTER - ISO 800
MY WIFE, AT A FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT  -  ISO 800
MY WIFE, AT A FORT WALTON BEACH, FLORIDA SEAFOOD RESTAURANT - ISO 800
BIKER DOG
BIKER DOG
BASILICA ST. LAWRENCE.1.jpg
BASILICA ST. LAWRENCE.1.jpg
A WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA SUNSET
A WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA SUNSET
MUSICIANS.1.jpg
MUSICIANS.1.jpg
STILL REMEMBERED.1.jpg
STILL REMEMBERED.1.jpg
SLAVE GRAVES2.1.jpg
SLAVE GRAVES2.1.jpg
TOMBSTONE.1.jpg
TOMBSTONE.1.jpg
HOMEMADE MARKER.1.jpg
HOMEMADE MARKER.1.jpg
PAINTING2.1.jpg
PAINTING2.1.jpg
HOUSE1.1.jpg
HOUSE1.1.jpg
HOUSE2.1.jpg
HOUSE2.1.jpg
RAIN  SNOW.1.jpg
RAIN SNOW.1.jpg
COLD RABBITS.1.jpg
COLD RABBITS.1.jpg
GROUND FOG.1.jpg
GROUND FOG.1.jpg
CERAMIC ROSE.jpg
CERAMIC ROSE.jpg
SANTA.1.jpg
SANTA.1.jpg
CHEF1.1.jpg
CHEF1.1.jpg
CHEF2.1.jpg
CHEF2.1.jpg
ANGEL SIGN.1.jpg
ANGEL SIGN.1.jpg
ANGEL SIGN_CROPPED.jpg
ANGEL SIGN_CROPPED.jpg
WOLFES ANGEL1.1.jpg
WOLFES ANGEL1.1.jpg
WOLFES ANGEL21.jpg
WOLFES ANGEL21.jpg
KATIE.1.jpg
KATIE.1.jpg
THE GRANDDAUGHTERS.1.jpg
THE GRANDDAUGHTERS.1.jpg
OLD ANGELS1.1.jpg
OLD ANGELS1.1.jpg
SANTAS STATION1.1.jpg
SANTAS STATION1.1.jpg
SANTAS STATION2.1.jpg
SANTAS STATION2.1.jpg
SHOPPING1.1.jpg
SHOPPING1.1.jpg
SHOPPING2.1.jpg
SHOPPING2.1.jpg
TOY SOLDIER1.1.jpg
TOY SOLDIER1.1.jpg
TOY SOLDIER2.1.jpg
TOY SOLDIER2.1.jpg
CARVED FIGURES.1.jpg
CARVED FIGURES.1.jpg
HOPE CARVED FIGURE.1.jpg
HOPE CARVED FIGURE.1.jpg
SNOWMAN1.jpg
SNOWMAN1.jpg
HORSES.1.jpg
HORSES.1.jpg
LIGHTED BOARD.1.jpg
LIGHTED BOARD.1.jpg
MANGER.jpg
MANGER.jpg
JOSEPH FIGURE.jpg
JOSEPH FIGURE.jpg
TREE ONAMENT.1.jpg
TREE ONAMENT.1.jpg
ORNAMENT2.1.jpg
ORNAMENT2.1.jpg
SODA SHOP.1.jpg
SODA SHOP.1.jpg
SANTA.1.jpg
SANTA.1.jpg
ANGEL.1.jpg
ANGEL.1.jpg
WREATH.1.jpg
WREATH.1.jpg
WREATH2.1.jpg
WREATH2.1.jpg
EMBOSSED WREATH_RED.1.jpg
EMBOSSED WREATH_RED.1.jpg
FREDS HOUSE1.1.jpg
FREDS HOUSE1.1.jpg
FREDS HOUSE.jpg
FREDS HOUSE.jpg
FATHER CHRISTMAS2.1.jpg
FATHER CHRISTMAS2.1.jpg
FATHER CHRISTMAS.1.jpg
FATHER CHRISTMAS.1.jpg
CHRISTMAS BIRD.1.jpg
CHRISTMAS BIRD.1.jpg
ACCIDENT_I-85.1.jpg
ACCIDENT_I-85.1.jpg
MALL RIDE.1.jpg
MALL RIDE.1.jpg
HUGGERS.1.jpg
HUGGERS.1.jpg
VALENTINE CRITTERS.1.jpg
VALENTINE CRITTERS.1.jpg
DOOR DECORATION.1.jpg
DOOR DECORATION.1.jpg
BIRD HOUSE.1.jpg
BIRD HOUSE.1.jpg
SHOPPING31.jpg
SHOPPING31.jpg
FULL-SIZE FILE #1
FULL-SIZE FILE #1
FULL-SIZE FILE #2
FULL-SIZE FILE #2
FULL-SIZE FILE #5
FULL-SIZE FILE #5
FULL-SIZE FILE #4
FULL-SIZE FILE #4
FULL-SIZE FILE #3
FULL-SIZE FILE #3
UNMODIFIED FILE #1
UNMODIFIED FILE #1
UNMODIFIED FILE #2
UNMODIFIED FILE #2
UNMODIFIED FILE #3
UNMODIFIED FILE #3
FRIENDS
FRIENDS
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
MODEL RAILROAD LAYOUT - ISO 800
VOLKSWAGON PICK-UP
VOLKSWAGON PICK-UP
VOLKSWAGON PICK-UP
VOLKSWAGON PICK-UP
VOLKSWAGON PICK-UP
VOLKSWAGON PICK-UP
OOPS!
OOPS!
2009 SCION XB - REAR VIEW
2009 SCION XB - REAR VIEW
2009 SCION XB - FRONT VIEW
2009 SCION XB - FRONT VIEW
SLEEPING PUPPY
SLEEPING PUPPY
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
LEAVES - GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE
INVERTED BUILDING
INVERTED BUILDING
LIQUOR CYCLE
"LIQUOR CYCLE"