News, , , , , , , , , , , — July 25, 2011 9:26 — 0 Comments

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide: has it got what it takes to be a player?

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide

T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide hopes to become a player

 

We all know that Apple’s iPhone 4 has led the way when it comes to smart moviemaking and its reputation as a game changer is well deserved.

For those new to this revolution in film-making check out the iPhone Film Festival to view fine examples of the very latest work being produced on cameraphones.

With rumours of a September release for the iPhone 5 will Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market? The downside is the iPhone is a very expensive piece of kit that not everyone can afford, and as other smartphone manufacturers catch up with the Cupertino company, there are cheaper alternatives.

Nokia has its problems and is losing its market share, but managed to produce the N8 (12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics) and N9 (dual-LED powered 8MP camera) models that have produced videos as good as the iPhone.

Now we welcome an Android smartphone that also looks the business. Smart moviemakers take note of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide.

Here’s what San Francisco’s IBTimes said of the myTouch:

“At first glimpse, the 8 megapixel camera seems to draw a yawn as it’s a commonplace feature with high-end smartphones these days, but look closely and you’ll see that myTouch 4G Slide boasts of being probably the best camera-focused smartphone around. The myTouch 4G Slide features an 8 megapixel camera with a dual LED flash (thereby making it one of the few smartphones with dual LED flash) and a host of advanced digital camera features, including the following:

  • Improved low-light Performance: with a backside illuminated sensor and a wide aperture lens (f/2.2) that improves photo quality in low-light scenarios
  • Zero shutter lag: an innovative software feature that allows for an instantaneous shot at that precise moment
  •  SweepShot™: for capturing panoramic shots by sweeping across an entire scene in a single motion
  • ClearShot™ HDR: for capturing objects in bright settings so your photos are not affected by high-contrast lighting
  • BurstShot™: for capturing multiple photos in a quick burst so you can take perfect photos of sporting events or other high-speed activities

And the best thing is that the myTouch 4G Slide allows you to capture videos at 1080p (watch out dedicated video cameras) and post up your photos directly to Facebook, Picasa or Flickr.”

The writer (no name is on the post) goes onto say “The myTouch 4G Slide is probably the best camera-focused smartphone around and is a good alternative to lugging around a point and shoot digital camera. In fact, its camera is certainly better than what iPhone 4 has, thanks to its ability of taking pictures with greater depth of field than the iPhone.”

But, Kirk Yuhnke from the website abc15.com,  was less impressed with its video quality: ‘The video looked good but the sound quality isn’t amazing. In fact the audio quality sounded to me like a phone call. The video quality is impressive but a far cry from what you’ll shoot on many $300 HD camcorders. It could replace your pocket “flip” camera but it won’t replace your HDV camcorder.”

The myTouch 4G Slide is available from 27 July (in the US) and costs a reasonable $199.99.

Should we buy one or save up some more for an iPhone 5? Send in your comments in the box below.

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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