Nokia N8 review: Camera
After the update to Symbian Anna the camera of N8 got even better, a better interface for the camera, smooth 30fps video capture and continous auto-focus. The new user interface has been reworked and is a lot better than the old setup. A Settings shorcut has worked its way into the toolbar so it’s now easier to acces and selectiong a new Scene Mode.
Here is the camera interface before the update to Anna:
And this is the new interface, can you spot the difference?
The video recording frame was increased from 24fps to 30fps, until now the Nokia N8 used a Active Hyperfocal System for capturing video, which meant that anything from about 60cm away from the camera is always in focus, but anything closer is out of focus. The update adds a Close Up mode to the video camera which enables proper autofocus. Audio is captured in stereo and sounds extremely clear, even when recording in loud environments.
And while it’s not FullHD, overall videos look better than what most 1080p-capable phones out there produce right now.
Here is a demo of the new feature:
Pictures captured with the N8 contain a tremendous amount of information and leave the door wide open for some serious post-processing. Color balance and light metering are superb. The two-stage shutter button feels wonderful, and locks both focus and exposure when half pressed. This gives the more advanced user plenty of creative flexibility in re-framing shots and/or playing with exposure.
The camera gets improved red-eye reduction performance and a bug regarding Night Portrait mode shooting was squashed too. Macro shots from the Nokia N8 is also a pleasure, with a decent aperture the N8 can deliver a pretty shallow depth of field. Photo editing options are as follows: rotate, resize, crop, add clipart, distort, draw upon, speech bubble, frame, red-eye correction, stamp, colour effects, tuning and animate. All these worked well on the go, providing a good amount of versatility to photos once you’ve taken them.
Here are some pictures taken with Nokia N8: