Today, T-Mobile announced the myTouch 4G Slide, and they’re billing it as the best smartphone camera on the market. In fact, they’ve even gone as far as to say that it could replace your stand alone point and shoot.  While we doubt the latter statement since it lacks a true flash, it does appear to be a contender to the ultra powerful iPhone 4 camera.

Zero shutter lag.  That means no waiting to snap a pic.  In fact, and after doing a bit of reading on the Net, the myTouch 4G Slide is constantly capturing the image into a cache.  By hitting the dedicated shutter button it pulls the image from the cache associated with the time the shutter button was pressed.  This insures that you can capture 8 megapixel photos consecutively without a missed shot.  Something most smartphones, not even the iPhone can do.  It also boasts an F/2.2, which means it can capture images in low light scenarios.  However, don’t expect it to work in the dark or at the night club, though it does boast a dual-LED flash.  Other camera features include a SweepShot to capture panoramic shots by sweeping across an entire scene in a single motion, and ClearShot HDR, which captures objects in bright settings so your photos are not affected by high-contrast lighting.  Full 1080p video is also part of its arsenal of camera features.

Specs for the phone include a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 4G connectivity, instant photo upload access to Facebook and other photo sharing sites, a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.3, a 1.2Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and HTC’s Sense 3.0.

T-Mobile hasn’t said when in July it will go on sale, but we do know that it will cost $199.99 with a $50 mail-in-rebate after selecting a qualifying unlimited data plan.

Video of the device after the ‘leap’

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."