My Nokia N8 12MP Camera Is Better Than Your Compact Digital Camera (Really?)

Nokia N8 Smartphone

One of the biggest selling point of Nokia N8 smartphone is its 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens camera with Xenon flash for high resolution photos (4000 x 3000 pixels) and HD video recording (720p). The camera sensor size is 1/1.83″, with ND filter, geo-tagging, and face detection.

Is the smartphone’s camera better your compact digital camera? Let’s find out by yourselves!

Here are the sample photos I took using Nokia N8 camera at 12 megapixel resolution and upload to Flickr without editing/touching/modifying/blah-blah.

Nokia N8 camera test
outdoor, afternoon. Clear and nice color.

Read on for other sample photos and HD video test.

Nokia N8 camera test
outdoor, afternoon. Same time as previous photo. You see the different?

Nokia N8 camera test
Indoor, low light, flash on. The Nokia N8 camera flash is as powerful as your compact digital camera!

Nokia N8 camera test
outdoor, evening, low light. Notice the light flare.

Nokia N8 camera test
outdoor, afternoon.

Nokia N8 camera test
indoor, closeup, low light.

Nokia N8 camera test
outdoor, low light, closeup. This was taken at the nearest distance possible using closeup mode.

Click here for Full 12 megapixel resolution photos.

Nokia N8 HD video recording test

The following is the HD video shoot using Nokia N8 with “video stabilisation” on, without editing and upload directly to YouTube using web-based uploader.

You might want to watch the HD video at full-resolution.

My two cents

Overall, I like the quality of Nokia N8 camera, especially at closeup. It cannot beat a 12MP DSLR’s quality but, for the first time, the quality is competitive to a compact digital camera.

It is nice to have a camera in pocket which also serve as a smartphone at the same time.

Do note that high megapixel DOES NOT mean better quality. It only means you can have larger print of the photo, say a human-height size poster.

If you are taking pictures using Nokia N8, try to avoid using the Xenon flash whenever possible. Yes, the flash is more powerful than other smartphone’s crappy LED flash but the output, most of time, is disappointed. Also, flash is battery monster.

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3 thoughts on “My Nokia N8 12MP Camera Is Better Than Your Compact Digital Camera (Really?)”

  1. We have used a basic DSLR, a good 12mp compact as well as an 8mp camera phone. All have their advantages & disadvantages. Image quality is tops for the DSLR ( but at the same time heavy & inconvenient ), followed by a dedicated camera ( simple & no hassles ) and lastly a cameraphone ( all- in-one convenience, and discreet ).

    Where a cameraphone such as nokia n8 lose out is the lack of optical zoom ( stills & video ) and maybe certain functions/adjustments. But it is great for ad hoc social shots and best of all it is light and take anywhere, with acceptable image quality. So really it comes down to whether you want convenience ( for amateurs / layman ) or you want superior image quality ( for serious photographers )

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  2. Overall, I like the quality of the camera Nokia N8, especially in close-up. He can not beat a quality 12MP DSLR, but for the first time, the quality is competing with a compact digital camera.

    It’s nice to have a camera in your pocket, which also acts as a smartphone at the same time.
     

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