BlackBerry, the phone maker formerly known as Research in Motion, has a lot riding on the Z10. It’s the debut handset for the long-delayed BlackBerry 10, the operating system that the company hopes will mark the beginning of a turnaround after years of losing ground to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.

BlackBerry phones are known more for their polished messaging system than their photographic prowess, but on paper the Z10 ticks most of the boxes you’d expect of a high-end phone in 2013: 8-megapixel sensor, fast F2.2 lens, and a high pixel-density display. We put the Z10 camera through its paces: read on to find if it’s worthy of a phone that’s clearly the result of a lot of effort from BlackBerry.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • 8 megapixel backside-illuminated sensor
  • F2.2 lens
  • LED flash
  • 1080p 30fps video recording
  • 5 frames per seconfd in continuous shooting mode
  • Digital image stabilization
  • Volume-button configurable as shutter release (but no half-press)
  • 2MP front camera with 720p video
  • 5x Digital Zoom
  • Time Shift feature
  • Story Maker app

Other Specifications

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor, 1.5 GHz
  • 4.2-inch 1280x768 356 ppi display
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • Micro-SD card support up to 64GB
  • 1800mAH removable battery
  • NFC

Our 10-page review

We've considered every aspect of the BlackBerry Z10 camera, with the photographer in mind. We examined the user interface of the native camera app and its special features. We experimented with the camera's performance when taking stills and video, and had a play with new features like Time Shift and Story Maker. Click any of the links below for more information of specific functions and continue to our conclusion for a final summary of our findings.