The camera on the Palm Pre is pretty nice. Images are much more clear and colors more true than they were on my Blackberry Pearl.Using the camera is straight-forward. The screen view shows you a very small (too small to see) thumbnail preview, a green camera button that can be used to capture images, and a flash on/off/auto button.
With no zoom or video recording capability, the Pre's 3.2 megapixel camera simply takes a pretty good picture and offers no bells and whistles. And it takes it relatively fast. You can capture about 4 pictures in 5 seconds.
I have read that some are unhappy with the fact that once you take a picture, you do not see a full, clear image of the shot you just took--rather, you see the small thumbnail. However, if this is the necessary compromise for being able to take pics so fast, I am actually totally fine not having a larger instant preview.
I love having the on/off/auto flash button right there on the first screen. I found it very annoying with my BB Pearl that I had to open a menu, scroll to flash, open flash, and then choose the option I wanted, and back out to take a pic. The Pre makes this adjustment much easier.