The 5610 is capable of producing fine quality images with its 3.2-megapixel camera that can be printed up to 6x4-inch standard photo size. It has autofocus built in, plus an automatic macroshot facility for getting sharp close in shots. There's also an 8x digital zoom.
The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic features a 3.2 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash on its back panel, and a lower resolution secondary 3G video calling camera on the front of the phone.
Video recording is also possible on the 5610 XpressMusic, with the main camera capable of shooting maximum VGA quality (640x480 pixels) images at 15 frames per second. Videos downloaded or copied on to the 5610 can be played back at near-DVD quality on the display at 30 fps.
For still images, there are six image sizes you can choose from, from thumbnail size 120x160 pixels shots (for adding to phonebook contacts) up to the top 1536x2048 pixels size for top quality prints.
The 5610 has a dedicated camera key on the side, which doubles up as a capture key when the phone is held in landscape mode. The volume key on the side can be used for the zoom.
The cameraphone can switch between portait and landscape shooting modes with menus shown accordingly. However, settings adjustments for the camera are fairly limited; brightness can be adusted and there are five white blanace settings (including auto) for indoor and outdoor light situations. The flash can be switched on and off or left to auto, and there's a night mode that can be engaged too.
There's a multi-shot sequence option, and self-timer, plus a bunch of three colour effects - sepia, greyscale or negative - that can be added before shooting. In addition, Nokia provides a few post-shooting basic editing options, so shots can be cropped, text added or clip-art or other images imposed on captured shots.
The quality of images taken by the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic is impressive, however. The camera can capture fine detail and colour rendition in complicated shots, and adjusts well on automatic settings to varying light conditions.
The addition of autofocus is a real plus point, and helps to get more precise images. The two-step capture button allows proper framing before shooting the image. Close up shots too are vastly improved by the macroshot capability - although it does require a bit of trial and error to get close shots sharp. The phone takes a second or two from when the capture button is pressed to process shots, which some users might also find tiresome.
However, overall the 3.2-megapixel camera is a real plus point of a phone that sells itself more on its music abilities than its camera qualities.