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BlackBerry Q5 review

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The BlackBerry Q5 is capable of capturing 1080p video at 30fps using its rear-facing lens - which, unlike the camera, is on par with its rivals.

You can also record using the 2MP front-facing camera, which offers up 720p footage.

You'll need to head to the camera app to get to the video recorder - tap the camera icon at the bottom of the screen and select the camcorder picture to jump into recording mode.

BlackBerry Q5 review

The same drag-to-focus set up is present here as it is in the camera app, plus the whole screen is still a trigger, so if you accidentally hit it you'll find yourself starting or stopping your recording.

If you were hoping for a treasure trove of features then you'll be sorely disappointed, as the BlackBerry Q5 offers up a basic recording platform.

Hit the menu button and you'll find an option to toggle the rear light on or off (which needs to be done before hitting the record button), a scene selection comprising two options (Night and Beach or Snow) on top of the standard Auto and a toggle to turn stabilisation on or off.

We found that the autofocus on the BlackBerry Q5 sometimes struggled to keep up if we moved the handset around too much, so you will want to make sure you have a steady hand for filming.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 700, LTE 850, LTE 1700, LTE 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemBlackBerry
Brand NameBlackBerry
Battery Talk Time12.50 Hour
Product ModelQ5
Screen Size7.9 cm (3.1")
Screen Resolution720 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionBlackBerry OS 10.1
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density329 ppi
Front Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Height120 mm
Width66 mm
Depth10.8 mm
Battery Standby Time336 Hour
ManufacturerBlackBerry
Product NameQ5 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberPRD-50741-038
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uk.blackberry.com
Marketing Information

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Limited Warranty2 Year