Originally Posted by acid_kewpie
i'm fairly sure my wife's w800i doesn't have any "flash" on it at all. the LED's are fairly useless as anything other than a torch, and the light they chuck out doesn't even come slightly close to the light from a flash bulb.
Tell that to the police departments around here, who have switched from xenon strobes to LED strobes which actually seem much brighter than their old strobes.
There is absolutely no reason one could not come up with a good LED-based camera strobe - in fact it may be easier to control the color temperature compared to other strobes, as well as modulate the brightness for exactly what the CCD needs since LEDs can be dimmed almost infinitely.
Now my question is this: will the firmware driving such a strobe be Linux-based? Does the w800i run Linux? I just checked Sony's spec page for that phone and it does not mention Linux anywhere.