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Gallery: Testing out Nokia's hot new N73

Gallery by Michael Oryl on Wednesday April 26, 2006.

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While its physical design might not be quite as eye-grabbing as the N93, the new N73 offers a lot of digital camera capability in a very compact design. For example, its 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera easily outdoes that of the N90, the photo-centric Nseries device that Nokia launched this time last year. The N73 has not only more megapixels than the N90, but the addition of a mechanical shutter between the sensor and lens will let the N73 capture high-speed action more effectively. A sliding cover on the rear of the device keeps the camera's Carl Zeiss lens protected, as well as has the effect of activating and exiting the camera application when opened and closed.

Like the N93, the N73 runs the 3rd edition of the Nokia S60 UI on top of the Symbian OS. 3rd edition marks a vast improvement in S60 when it comes to overall responsiveness, as well as taking advantage of high-resolution displays, such as the 262k color QVGA screen found in the N73. As I've mentioned elsewhere, 3rd edition makes S60 viable for people that were turned off by the sluggishness found in earlier S60 devices.

Another feature that the N73 shares with the N93 is the new camera UI. The new UI lets users get to all of the common camera settings without having to access a separate menu. You just need to use the d-pad controller to select the needed setting icon and press on the middle button, then a pop-up list of the available options appears so that you can select what you need, such as the white balance mode, for example. The new gallery application also includes similar changes as well as integration with the popular photo site, Flickr.com.

Another new feature of the camera/gallery system is the ability to launch a slide show that makes use of what is commonly called the "Ken Burns Effect." The effect is named after the man that put it to such good use in civil war documentaries in the United States. In the N73 it basically means that the display will pan around and zoom in and out of various parts of your photos, showing more detail than you would otherwise see if the image were just reduced in size to fit fully on the display. It makes the photos seem more alive, and is fairly entertaining as far as slide shows go.

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