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Panasonic Eluga review

Slimline and waterproof Android smartphone

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 4 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960

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  • Slim
  • Bright display
  • 8MP camera
  • 720p HD video shooting


  • Poor battery life
  • No ICS
  • Volume too low
  • Occasional lagginess

Although the 8-megapixel camera on the Panasonic Eluga does the job nicely, there are a couple of notable omissions that we think we should address up front.

Firstly, there's no front-facing camera, so video calling using Skype and the like is a no-no. And, when it comes to taking shots at night-time, the lack of a flash is certainly going to prove troublesome.

But away from the negatives, the camera setup on the Panasonic Eluga really is quite good. Obviously the Japanese company has a lot of history and experience with camera UIs, and the Panasonic Eluga has been treated to a skinned setup rather than the standard Android affair.

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It looks much more like what you'd expect on a dedicated compact camera rather than a smartphone, with plenty of options and shooting modes.

In terms of stills, the maximum resolution is 8 megapixels, although there are a number of resolution options available in the settings menu, including widescreen aspect ratios.

There is also a self-timer, effects such as Mono, Chic and Sepia, a wide range of focus options including Auto, Infinity, Manual, Macro and Touch, as well as 11 scene scenarios.

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You can also fiddle around with the white balance and exposure, or use fun modes (which drop the resolution quality on some to VGA) such as Beauty, Collage, Frame, Panorama or - our favourite - Pinhole, which gives a nice soft focus around a centred object of desire. The smartphone camera also packs image stabilisation tech, and a digital zoom of up to 6.74x.

Although not likely to worry the HTC camp following the critical acclaim for the camera setup on its new One range, we were quite impressed with the results from the Panasonic Eluga's camera.

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In daylight pictures were bright, clear and the contrast was pretty good, with only a touch of the usual blurriness that you get from smartphones when viewed at full size. It was only as the sun began to fall that its shortcomings were exposed.

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The Eluga was pretty consistent in clarity of contrast between bright backgrounds and foreground objects

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Landscape mode let plenty of colour and light in, on a dank day, but is noisy when full-size

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Macro looks great on a small display but there are blurred lines when you look closely

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Manual focusing works well, however - the background is over-bright

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Of all the fun effects, Pinhole was our favourite

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Sepia is pretty much a dead cert these days, but it's a nice effect

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Indoors the Eluga suffered from over-exposure

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Without a flash, the Eluga struggles in dark situations

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyELUGA
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NamePanasonic
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)103 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density254 ppi
Height123 mm
Width62 mm
Depth7.8 mm
Radio TunerNo
Product NameELUGA
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP
Product LineELUGA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberEB-3901KDEPE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Waterproof Android Smartphone

Call For Fresh Style

Introducing a smartphone that embraces style and resists water: The ELUGA. Enjoy its super thin frame and big screen with 66% display area ratio. Moreover, experience its ergonomic design, which makes it easy to control everything with one hand. Packed into a super compact, simple and smooth body.

Ultra Slim, Ultra Light

Panasonic takes slim to a higher level. With its curve-edge shape the ELUGA forms a new Smartphone format, which will fit to your fingers in a nice way and suit your pocket seamlessly. Its intelligent control concept makes it easy to control everything with one hand. Smart has never been so slim! Available in classic black and silver.

Package Contents
  • USB Cable
  • Headset
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • IC Tag Card