Ok, let’s state this right off the bat: it’s disappointing that for their new flagship, luxury BlackBerry, RIM did not see fit to up the Bold’s camera beyond 2.0 Mpx. However, that doesn’t mean that the Bold’s camera is the same as that of the BlackBerry Curve. Similar to the improvements to the Bold’s screen, the Bold’s camera does a significantly better job at displaying dynamic color and lighting ranges: images pop out at you, and don’t have the muddy overlay of the Curve’s camera. The difference between both cameras is evident below:
It’s interesting to note that the maximum digital zoom of the Bold camera is only 3x, rather than the 5x promised when the device was officially announced. Instead, the Bold’s camera zooms from 1x to 2x to 3x, which is probably for the best, considering the poor quality of 5x pictures taken by my BlackBerry 8330.
Bold Camera (3x)
Curve Camera (5x)
Other items of note? The Bold’s video camera no longer has its own Application Screen icon, and must be accessed using the general Camera icon. Images from both the Bold’s internal and external memory can be viewed at the same time in the Media Player’s Pictures menu. The Bold certainly loads images quicker than ever before, and I only found it to stutter when I popped in an SD card with 1GB of images (I’m a bit of a shutterbug). Images can also be geo-tagged, which is a really nice touch.