Nokia Camera Contest – C7 vs N8 vs N900

So over the last two weeks or thereabout I have had the pleasure of having 2 Symbian 3 phones hanging around, the N8 and the Astound.  I bought the Astound when my N900 charger port broke and send many thanks to WomWorld for the opportunity to try out an N8, which I had requested whilst I had the N900 working.  My N900 has been fixed now (many thanks to Nokia support for that).  So now I have all 3 Nokia’s briefly here I thought it would be good to see how some photo’s compared fro the 3 devices.

  • Nokia N900 – 5MP camera, Auto Focus, dual LED flash
  • Nokia Astound – 8MP camera, EDoF, dual LED flash
  • Nokia N8 – 12 camera, Auto Focus, Xenon Flash

All the pictures were taken this morning with no special scene modes used, though some may have used a lower, widescreen resolution (3.5MP, 6MP and 9MP respectively).   I know these aren’t great photo’s or anything, but it’s what i could take some pictures of before work this morning.  Also, final disclaimer – no tripods or other aids were used, this means it’s possible there was human error though just not being steady when taking the shot.

All pictures left to right – N900, Astound, N8, and you can click each image to view a full size version.

The Pictures

Dog (not a great picture of our dog at all, but it’s where he would stay for a moment while I took 3 pictures of him):

N900 DogAstound DogN8 Dog

ShelvesN900 ShelvesAstound ShelvesN8 ShelvesBlanket:

N900 BlanketC7 BlanketN8 BlanketLiliac:

N900 LilacAstound LilacNokia N8


N900 Mug

Astound MugN8 Mug

Bush (near the entrance of my work – there are normally lots of geese around here but it was wet today).

Bush N900Astound BushN8 BushPond

N900 PondAstound PondN8 PondSo there we go.  In theory, the last of each should be the best – the N8 has a great camera and this was featured today in a comparison with the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S II and LG Optimus 2X on Phone Arena.  Did it turn out that way, and is the Autofucs on the N900 better than the EDoF on the Astound?

My opinion:

The N900 has bolder colors in all it’s pictures, but the others are a bit more natural.  The C7 takes pretty good pictures, with the one exception being the close up of the mug.  The photo with the bush and the rocks is very sharp on all 3 objects whist the N8 is  a little soft there. Similar with the book shelf which is good and sharp, although the C7 washes out our light blue wall, which is no-where near as deep as the N900 makes it look – the N8 a little softer than the C7 but has the colors just about right.

So in conclusion, Any of these is a decent enough camera (I used the N900 one regularly in the past and I have to admit it is the worst of these).  The C7 EDoF camera is clearly good enough for most uses indoors or in daylight, and I think the criticism of EDoF is over-hyped.  The N8 is seen as the king of camera phones for a reason, and it is shown in some of the photo’s above.

So N8 > Astound > N900 for photography.  That’s what I think, have I called it right?


About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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3 Responses to Nokia Camera Contest – C7 vs N8 vs N900

  1. Steve says:

    Re Camera test. I agree that the N8 seems best overall but I prefer the brighter colours of the N900 to the more gloomy Astound. However, there may also be some effects telated to the sizing of the photos and the definition/settings of the screen/computer they are viewed on.
    Nice pictures.

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