With the Gigaset GS170, the 13 megapixel main camera and the 5 megapixel camera deliver good results. The cameras don’t get along well with low-light shots. Here there is a clear picture noise and missing contrasts. Videos can be recorded with a maximum of 720p.
In good lighting conditions, the cameras deliver relatively good images and details can also be seen. However, rain clouds in the sky make for darker-looking shots, so that details are less visible. The HDR mode provides a little help here, but the missing image stabilizer and the very long release time are very disadvantageous and cause blurred images. HDR recordings are actually only possible with a tripod. The camera’s automatic compensates very well for strong contrasts triggered by sunlight. Close-ups are less effective. Selfies appear somewhat blurred at the edges. So both cameras are not really suitable for more than one snapshot in between, but that’s how it is in this price range. You can download the pictures in original size here.
I like the quality of the GS170’s integrated speaker, but the treble is often very dominant and bass is almost non-existent. It’s also a shame that Gigaset has placed the speaker on the back of the device: If you place the smartphone on a surface, much of the sound is lost. The volume of the loudspeaker is good in itself, but at higher volume levels it sounds very distorted and unbalanced.
The music quality via the 3.5 mm jack plug is also okay rather than really good. For rather undemanding users it’s enough, but the GS160 doesn’t come close to the sound quality of a good mid-range or high-end smartphone.