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