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ZTE Tania review

ZTE's low-cost Windows Phone packs a 4.3-inch touchscreen and 5MP camera

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The ZTE Tania doesn't have a front-facing camera. Nor does the top-end Nokia Lumia 900. Then again, you can get Windows Phone handsets with a front camera, for example the HTC Titan.

The ZTE Tania's back-mounted camera shoots stills at resolutions up to 5 megapixels, and there's an LED flash.

One of the neat features of Windows Phone is its ability to automatically upload photos you take to the free SkyDrive storage you get when you sign up for a free Windows Live account. You make the setting from the Camera roll.

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Another is that you can unlock the handset directly to the camera by pressing the side-mounted shutter button.

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For a 5 megapixel camera, shots aren't that wonderful. There's a fair bit of compression, and this luscious bluebell-filled landscape doesn't look half as good as it should.

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The macro shooting mode can't cope with very close objects, but used carefully it can generate some nice photos.

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Indoors without using the flash in fairly average cafe lighting conditions, the camera does fairly well to capture pretty true colours.

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This photo of running water shows that the shutter speed isn't all it could be. You could get some blurring if you don't have a steady hand.

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Along with the usual sepia, mono and negative filters that are often found on cameras, there's a red filter that can be used to good effect.