Photographer shows the 11-year evolution of Nokia phone cameras
An illustration of the difference between older and newer Nokia phone cameras
What Nokia has been well known for throughout all these years, however, is how capable its phones were in taking pictures and video. Even back in the dark days of feature phones, Nokia’s cameras stood out in the crowd. Now, photographer Richard Dorman has decided to show us the amazing evolution of Nokia phone cameras in a trip that starts with the Nokia 7650, and continues with all of the devices he owned after that - the Nokia 6600, 7610, N70, N93, N95, N95 8GB, N8, 808 PureView and the Lumia 1020. Indeed, that's an 11-year journey through time in pictures.
The difference you'll see below are truly staggering. From the blurry images of the past to the razor sharp ones of today with their vivid, rich colors. We can only dream that the camera evolution will continue moving at this pace in the future, don't you think? You can see this 11-year evolution for yourself in the images right below.
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Photographer shows the evolution of Nokia phone cameras
1. Nokia 7650 - year 2003
2. Nokia 7650 - year 2003
3. Nokia 6600 - year 2004
4. Nokia 6600 - year 2004
6. Nokia 7610 - year 2005
11. Nokia N95 - year 2007
13. Nokia N95 - year 2007
14. Nokia N95 8GB - year 2008
15. Nokia N97 - year 2009
17. Nokia N8 - year 2010
18. Nokia N8 - year 2010
19. Nokia N8 - year 2010
20. Nokia 808 PureView - year 2012
21. Nokia 808 PureView - year 2012
22. Nokia 808 PureView - year 2012
23. Nokia Lumia 1020 - year 2013
24. Nokia Lumia 1020 - year 2013
25. Nokia Lumia 1020 - year 2013
source: Richard Dorman via Tech.Onliner
1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
The camera on the Nokia N95 is already satisfying for me
13. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I think the iPhone has the best camera.
15. akki20892 (Posts: 2652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
iPhone have good camera but can't compare with Nokia. Fair enough.
24. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)
Nokia has finally understood that there are Android phones that apply.
Normandy released within a month.
Now Nokia to sell phones again instead of that, give them away
26. Skoms (Posts: 118; Member since: 03 Feb 2014)
Release an Android phone with a good camera. and suddenly Nokia would be able to fend for themselves. Now if people want android why not manufacture an Android phone? You will be selling phones and Nokia will survive. There must reserve a natural choice.
Elop has to be the worst manager of all time who did not listen to the customers.
18. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1110; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Of course you think that because you think Apple everything is the best.
34. garlic456 (Posts: 103; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)
Quality: Enough for selfies
Quality: Enough for photographers
This is the difference.
20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I think the Motorola Razr V3 has the best camera.
14. akki20892 (Posts: 2652; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Dude please Nokia 7650 already satisfied me.
2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1110; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Well, there sure is some noticable improvement.
4. Smokin (Posts: 97; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
*sobs* I had like almost all of these (except 808 and 1020 lol)
5. clirim (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)
there is still a huge space for more improvement on the camera phones.
32. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1927; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You start to think like that as a company & everyone will catch up. That's a horrible attitude. Never take your foot off the pedal, never stop innovating. That's how you rise to the top & stay there.
35. RandomUsername (Posts: 173; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
I find it kind of hard to imagine much better image quality than the 1020 :)
6. alterecho (Posts: 937; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"Up until around 2011, it was hard to believe that someone could replace Nokia from the top of the phone industry, and do it in just a couple of years"
A traitor named Elop. It was only possible from inside. Else Nokia would have been unshakable by any competition/outside factors.
"Then, the ‘Burning Platform’ memo and Windows Phone happened"
No. Elop happened.
9. dratomic (Posts: 335; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
you do realise that before elop everthing was going downward. elop just catalized the process. if elop was solely responsible for it then board members could reject the acquisition which they didnt cause they were in on this.
10. DFranch (Posts: 128; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)
The burning platform memo was a terrible idea. The memo came out in like January, and they didn't have their 1st Windows phone device ready for almost a year. Even longer to get multiple handsets out the door. They should have started development of WP devices and once they had a portfolio of devices, then announce the end of Symbian. Instead they announced the end of their smartphone platform and didn't have a replacement ready for a year. I'm a nokia WP fan, but that was just bad business.
16. NokiaFTW (Posts: 726; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Can you'll please drop hating on Elop now? He's gone back to MS, Nokia has been sold to MS. Its over now. Everything has to change. Nokia ruled the mobile world for a decade, but now its Samsung. Instead of hating on Elop, we can look forward to MS' acquisition of Nokia and hope for better products. No company can stay at the top for long. Before it was Nokia, today it is Samsung. Let's forget about Elop and whatever happened in the past and look towards the future of Nokia with MS & WP. :)
19. alterecho (Posts: 937; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
"the future of Nokia with MS & WP"
22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Lol.. I guess if I put myself in your shoes I can feel your pain....
Lets say that stupid article about MS ditching WP, and going with Android, impossibly came true... I would be so disgusted, saddened, and pissed off that I would probably feel the same way you do about MS taking over the Lumia, and Asha, brands... For that I sympathize with you...
27. NokiaFTW (Posts: 726; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Always think good about other platforms whether you like them or hate them. Competition is good for everyone and in the end its us the consumers that are benefitial. And WP's future looks good with WP8.1 coming up and Microsoft having more control over the hardware. Whether you believe it or not, that fact won't change. :)
8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 2873; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
I'm still looking forward to more great Lumia devices from the literal Nokia/WP phone team for years to come....
And, with others seriously focusing on camera technology Lumia has it's work cut out for it... This is just the beginning!
12. dexter_jdr (Posts: 999; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
even though optimization is a drawback for android... nokia really needed android to stay on top. along with meego.. or merge meego design in android.... but then elop..
used the excuse we might fail coz other company (samsung) is already dominating on android and dont want to be the with the 20% android shares (htc sony).
well elop, you are a P U S S Y
17. boblight (Posts: 68; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Ahh.. The N8. First true camera phone for me besides the N73. Frankly speaking, after the N8, I'm not that impressed by the 920 camera ( but stabilisation is awesome ). Can't wait for what's next !
28. Deaconclgi (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
I am surprised there weren't any pictures from the Nokia N82.
36. jiezel91 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
N95 and N82 had the same sensors. There might be a few software processing differences on the N82 due to the Xenon flash, but the difference is minimal.
29. nexusdude (Posts: 108; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
PureView kicks ass.
BTW, my 69th post, is this an achievement here?
30. sergiobr (Posts: 309; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
My Nokia 808 still rocks in photos ! Just to run and take photos in the morning. For the rest ... My Note 3.
33. Loubielou (Posts: 174; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
This is the Only Real feature that makes Nokia really The Best,as the Cameras on there phones have been really Outstanding,N95 was o.k,Nokia N82 with Xenon Flash was just Amazing,an the Nokia N8 was Just Brilliant,but since Nokia left Symbian i have never tried a Windows Camera phone,Samsung is getting better with there Cameras now as the Galaxy S3 an S4 are Very Good Camera phones,an Hope the Galaxy S5 with either 16 or 20 mega-camera,shows that Samsung are trying to compete well with Nokia now
37. Tomfromsouth (Posts: 46; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)
I don't know much about the sale of Nokia to MS, but the remaining division of Nokia could make a lot of money developing and selling their camera software and hardware to other vendors. It' s a good way to get out of the rat-race and focus on what Nokia were always good at.
I currently use android and I would love it if they put nokia camera's on my next phone. I'm sure there a lot of vendors would pay top dollar for their product.
Well that's if I were the CEO of what's left of Nokia...