The Treo 600 was often ridiculed for its bad camera. And indeed, the 600′s VGA camera performed badly in low-light situations and generally was pretty insensitive and made blueish pictures. The Treo 680 still has a VGA camera – but the image quality is said to have been improved significantly…is this so?
When one turns the two Treos around, one immediately sees that the Treo 680 has a self-portrait mirror. Also, the camera was moved down to the middle of the device(bad idea IMHO – fingers obstruct it more easily):
Overall, the Palm Treo 680 still can’t replace a digital camera – but that’s not what its invented for. Other phones like a Nokia N71 deliver far better images, and my old Siemens SX1 was a bit better, too. Nevertheless, the Treo 680′s VGA camera delivers solid(although a bit pixelated) images for on-screen viewing in all lighting conditions – and thats all I need from a mobile phone. The amazing sensitivity more than compensates for the lack of a flash BTW – the 680 works really really well at low lights(much better than SX1).