LG claims UK's first phone with 5 megapixel camera

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The KG920 stakes its claim as the UK’s first mobile phone with a 5 megapixel camera. Yes, five. That’s better than many dedicated compact digital cameras and is a big step forward in combining imaging with communication.

Its twist design allows the camera to rotate up to 180 degrees so you can preview self-portraits. It’s got a 4x digital zoom, and though all digital zooms don’t always give the best pictures, with 5 megapixels and auto-focus to play with, there’s more chance of getting a decent, unpixelated shot. It also has a built-in Xenon/LED flash that will reach 1.5 metres.

There’s also an MP3/AAC music player, and a 256Mb memory card is included for music and photo storage. It’s Bluetooth enabled, and can sync to your PC.

Whilst it doesn’t have all the features of higher-end dedicated compact camera, it’s certainly going to narrow the gap between the kinds of images you can take on your mobile compared to a dedicated camera, and helps reduce gadget clutter for the casual photographer / party snapper. It weighs in at 130g, with dimensions 10.8cm x 5cm x 1.8cm.

Coming in August, price to be confirmed.

Andy Merrett