With its new Blackberry 10 devices the Canadian manufacturer is making an attempt to become relevant again in the mobile space. While the Q10, with its physical keyboard, follows in the footsteps of earlier Blackberry models, the Z10 features a touchscreen, placing it in direct competition to Apple's iPhone and high-end Android models from Samsung, LG, HTC and the like.The Z10 comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 786 pixels and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. The camera module includes a 8MP sensor and a F2.2 lens but no optical image stabilization.
|OS Version||BlackBerry 10 OS, upgradable to v10.1|
|Front camera effective pixels||2 megapixels|
|Rear camera effective pixels||8 megapixels|
|Rear camera resolution||3264 x 2448|
|Camera image stabilization||Unknown|
|Built in memory||16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM|
|Weight||138 g (4.85 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 66 x 9 mm (5.12 x 2.58 x 0.35″)|
The BlackBerry Z10 imaging engine chooses detail over noise reduction, which serves it well in bright light and dimmer conditions alike but banding artifacts can also crash the party. The camera UI design is a model others should follow, though it could offer a bit more manual control. A lack of features (no HDR, panorama, or face detection) is aggravated by a thin app ecosystem with few alternatives to the native offerings. Committed BlackBerry users can overlook the Z10’s imaging limitations, but OS-agnostic mobile photographers are likely better served by the best handsets on other platforms.
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