Friday, July 09, 2010

Nokia N8 Camera Review

Official Nokia Conversations blog published a two part article on N8 camera (part 1, part 2). Some interesting quotes:

"The first thing we did was throttle back the edge enhancement to a point where it’s almost disabled. In video – under good lighting – we completely disabled noise reduction. I think it’s pretty unheard of for such devices to not be running any noise reduction. But it’s testimony to the great optics and superior sensor."

"Apart from disabling various artificial enhancers, we also carefully consider how we reproduce colour in certain environments. Here’s two examples. In candle-lit scenes, you remember the warmth of the candle light. In snow scenes (my Finnish colleagues know this far better than I do), people tend to remember the bluish tint to the snow caused by the blue sky. In these situations, rather than correcting to a theoretical perfect white balance, we tune it to how you remember it. To achieve this takes time and many rounds of tuning, testing, retuning, testing, etc."

The official untouched sample pictures demonstrating N8 approach are also shown in the blog.


  1. I am not too sure Nokia is relevant in the smart phone future any more

  2. As the worlds largest smartphone vendor Nokia is very relevant.

    IDC - Press Release

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass. May 7, 2010

    Top Five Smartphone Vendors Q1 2010

    Nokia firmly maintained its position as the leading smartphone vendor worldwide during 1Q10. In addition to introducing several new models – the C3, C6, and the E5 – Nokia announced its first Symbian^3 model, the N8. This, and other Symbian^3 devices, are expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year. According to CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Symbian^3 will be more intuitive and fun for end users, and on par with other competitive offerings available on the market.

    Research In Motion kept its position as the number two smartphone vendor worldwide on continued growth of its popular BlackBerry devices. Key to its success were its BlackBerry Curve 8520 and BlackBerry Bold 9700, as well as stronger consumer adoption. Co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie recently unveiled the company's new BlackBerry OS 6.0, which promises a smoother and more interactive user interface.

    Apple more than doubled its shipments from a year ago, with more iPhones arriving outside its home territory of North America. CEO Steve Jobs announced the latest operating system update, enabling multi-tasking, folders, enhanced email, iBooks for consumers, and iAd, a mobile advertising platform, for developers. A fourth generation iPhone is expected to arrive this summer.

    HTC posted high double-digit growth to start off the year, driven primarily by its growing stable of Android-powered products including the Hero, Droid Eris, and MyTouch. The company shows no signs of slowing down, having announced several new devices, including the first WiMAX Android phone, the EVO 4G, slated to launch later this year. HTC also remains committed to Windows Mobile devices, with the HD2 receiving a warm reception and Windows Phone 7 devices expected to launch before the end of the year.

    Motorola, having stormed back into the smartphone space in the fourth quarter of 2009, followed up with a new milestone in its short history of shipping Android devices. Now that the DROID and CLIQ (known as the Milestone and DEXT respectively outside the United States) both have a full quarter of availability, the company followed up with six additional devices. The company expects to launch 20 different models and ship 12–14 million Android smartphones this year.

    1Q09 Market Share

    1. Nokia 39.3%
    2. RIMM 19.4%
    3. Apple 16.1%
    4. HTC 2.6%
    5. Motorola 2.3%

    Others 8.9%
    Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, May 6, 2010

    I expect Samsung to be #3 in 2011 now that they have entered into the race with its new Android line up.

  3. I am a proud Nokia user. I almost have all Nokia phones. This Nokia N8 is what I am waiting for this year. I will do anything just to get that phone. Thank you for the review.

  4. The second anonymous failed to produce market share projections for the future. Symbian is a dying platform along with the BB OS even if they come up with something as good as iPhone OS or Andriod in the net future. But then they will be 4 years behind the curve. Not sure that is a winning position.

  5. projections are just guesses--market share "history" is based on fact. do u prefer fact or speculation? i prefer fact.


  6. here are some "historic" facts

    still thrilled by the nokia's trend in smartphone space?

  7. Nokia N8 is selling so fast that Nokia cannot keep up with the demand. They have even employed more people to their factories to produce more and faster.

    N8 will probably become Nokia's biggest selling phone. Symbian is alive and well. It's better OS than iOS or Android. Maybe not prettier but better.


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