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):
DSC04838 The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera

Outdoors, the Treo 600 always performed decently. Nevertheless, the 680′s camera creates much sharper, although a bit pixelated images(680 on the left, click for unmodified versions):
0a The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 0b The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera
0c The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 0d The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera

The higher dynamic range of the Treo 680′s digital camera becomes evident when a window is in the image(680 on the left):
1a The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 1b The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera

The Treo 680′s higher sensitivity in low-light situations is shown by the images below. The top row was shot in dim light, the bottom row in very dim light(680 on the left):
2a The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 2b The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera
2c The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 2d The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera

The Treo 680 has a 2x digital zoom. The pictures below were made out of a window, the one on the right has had digital zoom enabled:
3a The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 3b The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera

Last but not least, here are a few photos of my girlfriend’s pot plant which couldn’t get away as I approached it with the Treos(approx. 30cm distance, 10cm distance):
4a The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 4b The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera
4c The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera 4d The Treo 680 review   the Treo 680ís camera

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).

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2 Responses to “The Treo 680 review – the Treo 680ís camera”

  1. Hey, this isn’t a pot plant, they for sure look different. It’s a ficus benjaminii i’m sure ;-)

  2. You have an old SX1? I have one here that would benefit from a few spare parts. If interested in a transaction, please drop me a message. Sorry if this is off-topic!

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