Nokia N8: we discover why the camera is its most outstanding section

Update: everything you need to know about the Nokia N8, features, price, availability.

Despite the fact that Nokia sells us the photographic possibilities of its Nokia N8 as one of the main aspects, it is not necessary to give much hype to the subject, just by stopping to review the specifications and we realize that we are facing a future winner. For those of us who like photography and think that carrying a good camera on all occasions is an important value, the Nokia N8, before appearing on the market, is already giving us more than a joy.

I do not want to appear to be an advantageist by pulling the 12 megapixel sensor from the media, I am talking about tests, and that is that in the last few hours Nokia itself is sharing samples taken with the phone, both images and video. I just came out of the analysis of the Sony Ericsson Vivaz, a heavyweight in this regard, and it seems to me that the Nokia N8 is giving it a couple of laps in this regard. At the same time that I leave you with the links to the samples, we will know by sections the characteristics of the camera of the latest development of Nokia:

The sensor of a compact

The size of the sensor is definitive when it comes to achieving quality shots, generally the bigger the better. With this we achieve greater sensitivity, less noise, and ultimately work safer in difficult light situations. In this case we find dimensions of 1 / 1.83 inches.

Recalling that many compact cameras on the market, or the Nokia N86 8MP, have 1 / 2.3-inch sensors, therefore smaller than the Nokia N8, we get an idea of ​​the ambitions of the phone in this regard.

Carl Zeiss could not miss

Where wonders cannot be done, considering the dimensions of the set, it is in the size and quality of the optics, but it is appreciated that they are signed by the Germans of Carl Zeiss.

The chosen optics is 28 mm (wide angle) with a fixed aperture of f2.8, leaving behind the variable aperture that we found in the Nokia N86 8MP that made the lens take up too much space but allowed us to be more creative with the shots . The decision of this change according to Nokia is that the new sensor has better performance in low light, in addition to the help provided by the Xenon Flash.

In the opposite case, with a lot of light, the Nokia N86 was a master playing with variable aperture, the solution in the Nokia N8 is to use a neutral density filter, to control the amount of light that passes into the camera.

Software is important

In cameras with such small sensors and so many megapixels, and that also have to compress the images as much as possible to make them portable, software is a key factor. Fortunately, the larger sensor size and better optics of the N8 make it less dependent on compression and noise reduction algorithms.

This independence makes other aspects gain in quality, taking advantage of greater processing power in red-eye reduction, face detection, autofocus, or the waiting time between photos.

Nokia N8 and its unprotected lens

I am one of those who think that by 3 mm thicker in the area of ​​the lens it would not have bothered anyone, and that is that a cover that protects a section as delicate as the lens is always appreciated, as we found in the N86 8MP . But Nokia does not want to be left behind in the race of thinness in which all manufacturers are involved, so it decided to do without it.

From a software point of view, the camera is increasingly used in applications, a clear example of this is augmented reality, the fact of being aware of whether the cover is open or not, is another of Nokia's excuses for your absence.

Xenon flash again

This is a topic that has been debated for a long time, and in which Nokia has a lot to say, since there was a moment that decided not to use Flash Xenon in addition to its good results. Now it returns through the big door, and it is the ideal complement for a camera with its characteristics, providing it with greater sensitivity and a faster shot by illuminating the scene with much more light.

Some of the presumed disadvantages to the Xenon, such as the need to take up more space on the mobile, do not appear in the Nokia N8. As a negative factor in the lack of option LEDWe found that video recording in dark areas will be a problem, since the Xenon is characterized by being a brighter light, but for a more specific moment.


The guys from Nokia conversations have left us six examples of what can be done with the camera of the Nokia N8, we must bear in mind that they are taken by professionals in the best possible conditions, but even so, the images have a quality outside of all doubts, highlighting the color and the practical absence of noise. Below are the links to the original source:

Nokia N8 as a camcorder

The video recording is not neglected at all, we speak of high definition in 720p format at 25 images per second (16: 9), you just have to take a look at the video that I share below and rate it yourself:

One aspect to highlight in video recording is the possibility of capturing the sound in stereo, with two microphones: one on the camera, and the other under the screen. The interesting thing about this arrangement is that by using algorithms you can achieve noise cancellation, as in the Nexus One, but in recordings.

Another particular feature of the Nokia N8 is the recording based on the hyperfocal distance, which in this case is 60 cm from the camera to infinity, the part of the scene included will appear in focus. This means that the focus is not continuous as it happens with the Sony Ericsson Vivaz.

We could go long and long on many aspects related to the phone's camera, but I think it would be fair to try it to speak properly. What I am sure of is that for an interesting price they offer us one of the best solutions on the market in this regard, and we will see what the response of the competition is in the phones that are to come.

I invite you to go through the product page of the Nokia N8, in it your first evaluations border on the outstanding, so I would like you to participate on the phone, which we had the opportunity to know in a somewhat negative way but that seems that little by little little goes up in interest.

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