Nokia N95 Review
One of the main features of N95 is its megapixel camera, with the main idea to replace your pocket camera so you would be able to carry one device less. Because phones are something we have with us almost all the time, with N95 you would always have a five-megapixels camera with you.
Located just around the lens is the Carl Zeiss Tessar sign, guaranteeing that it's manufactured under license from the legendary brand, and it's only Nokia that currently uses it in their mobile phones (N95, N73, N90, N93(i) up to now). Turning it on is accomplished by opening the slider on the back of the phone but the camera loading takes the annoying four seconds which may cost you if you instantly want to take a picture of something. Just after it's started you can half-press the shoot button (its movement is more precise than it was with the N73) in order to focus on the object you want to take a picture of and it takes 2-3 seconds even in poor lighting conditions, as it's aided by a blink of the flash.
The Camera Interface
Depending on the object you take photo of, the images can be as small as half megabyte (MB) but most are with size around 1MB. Some images of course exceeded that and had size of 1.5MB. This means that on 1GB microSD card you will be able to store about a thousand photos.
The camera interface is displayed in landscape mode and we think the phone is intended to be held with both hands. The right one is used for pressing the shoot button and the left one for zooming, which unfortunately is only digital, unlike the N93(i) which has an optical one. The various options are displayed in small icons arranged vertically to the right of the screen, so that there's as much space left on the display as possible for the viewfinder. The Symbian 9.2 offers better interface and options than the 9.1 version. Interesting options are a few scene modes including night photo, night portrait, Sports, Close-up. There's an option for more than one color scenes and white balance, but the latter still lacks manual tuning.
We can very well say that Nokia N95 one of the best or maybe the best cameraphone, available on the market (*in Europe and N. America).
Compared to a Canon pocket digital camera, the camera of N95 performs quite well (although not as good as the former), keeping in mind that it is a phone, after all (all-in-one device).
When taking pictures in the open and in daylight, the pictures are very good and their only shortcoming is a slight noise, which is reduced (smothered) by its “Noise Reduction” system.
For photographing macro objects, the phone avails of a Close Up mode, allowing you to focus at a distance 10 - 60 cm (4 – 25’’). We were thus able to take some very good macro pictures of flowers. We would have appreciated it if we were able to approach the flowers more with the phone and to achieve more detail in the pictures, as well as a less focused background, which is important for this type of pictures.
When taking pictures in poor light indoors, the flash (LED) is not comparable to that of a camera and the noise level rises considerably, the colors are lost and the details are lacking.
In the case of brightly lit objects in the dark, Nokia N95 is able to slow down the speed of the shutter, thus letting more light to its sensor. In most cases our pocket camera was mislead and, switching on its flash, lit the close-by objects, while all the other objects (which were actually the target of the picture), remained dark.
The results that we achieved when we switched on the night mode of N95 and of our pocket camera were rather similar, as far as lighting and colors were concerned. The difference was the noise that N95 produced, though smothered by its Noise Reduction System.
As a whole, the performance of N95 is more than satisfactory for a mobile phone. When taking pictures in broad daylight there is little noise and a lot of detail, the pictures are very well exposed with authentic balanced colors. Taking pictures indoors with moderate light generates more noise, but the pictures are still one of the best we’ve seen from a cameraphone. Using the phone in dark, poorly lit premises increases the camera’s sensitivity level up to 800 ISO (in case it is on automatic level, which results in quite a lot of noise in pictures. These do not look particularly good, but anyway this is a difficult task for low- to mid-amateur class digital cameras as well.
The Camcorder Interface
Nokia N95 has inherited from N93 its strong potential for recording video clips. The powerful smartphone takes not only 5-megapixel pictures, but also videos with great resolution and "TV quality". The actual resolution is 640х480 pixels at 30 frames per second, which ensures that moving objects are not “chopped” or blurred. Watch the linked video of moving people. The high frames per second deliver smooth video and the high resolution ensures a size, which is a please to view even on a computer screen. A 20-seconds video takes 8MB of memory, which means that on an empty 1GB microSD card you will be able to record about 40 minutes of video in high quality.
Sample: Nokia N95 Video Clip. ~8MB. Click to download.
Sample: Canon SD630 Ixus Video Clip. ~20MB. Click to download.
Gallery. It displays a single image at the center of the display, which is surrounded by small thumbnails of the other images in the phone. Navigating left-to-right, the images move at the center position to be displayed in bigger size. It's nice that the phone caches different sizes of every image, so they load pretty fast once you've previewed them in the gallery.
The phone comes with headphones in the box, but can also play the music through the stereo speakers, which is very cool for the incoming ringing alert. As it was already mentioned, the sound coming from these loudspeakers is very strong and clear. The N95 over performs many other phones, even top models Sony Ericsson’s Walkmans. The musical player’s interface is new and is much more convenient than before. The functionality has been preserved, but the navigation is more rational. The interface has been optimized for landscape, but it can also be used in portrait orientation without problems. The navigation is assigned to the d-pad directions and therefore you don’t have to shift through the small icons as was the case with N73, for example.
The Music Library menu allows you to sort the songs by Artist, Album, Genre, Composer. You can also create playlists.
The music player works fine in background mode thanks to the multitasking capabilities of the smartphone, while the homescreen displays the songs that are playing and the time elapsed. By pointing at it you are allowed to adjust the sound volume of the player without even opening it but you can not pause it or change to the next track. In order to do this, use the music keyboard on the top.
The viewing of video files is a real pleasure on the phone’s display. The processor does a very good job and we monitored no delay with an encoded 320x240 pixels video clip, as was the case with some other smartphones.
1. Pritam (unregistered)
camera looks pretty terrible. the autofocus seems to have trouble after a certain range, must not have a good aperature. my a800 takes better pics
2. n95fan (unregistered)
I guess your A800 does not have a phone in it?
3. Haroharo (unregistered)
what a joke! if you think an a800 takes better pictures then maybe you should take an eyesight test. The only major flaw with the N95s camera is the magenta tint and oversharpened detail. These can be fixed by firmware updates.
4. naveen (unregistered)
5. Dacapo (unregistered)
N95 definitely the best of the best. The device got everything that a normal person to a hightech junkies wants; wifi + flawless internet browser, infrared+bluetooth connection, high-end camera, Mp3 & multimedia player, 3G connection & GPS reciever... Its only drawback for most people (including me) is the pocket-emptying price..!
about 1/3 of these are coming back faulty, can be anything from battery life, software faults, loose slides or even buttons not working. on the ones that do work the battery life makes the N80 look good. oh and the GPS is rubbish.
7. MSANTOS (unregistered)
N95 nokia for my opinion is not as good as N73 because my N95 always hang and it needs to charged everyday. The service center here in Riyadh told me that they always repair N95 because of its battery life and ic connection. Please Nokia company, do action now and see the problems.
8. Fernando (unregistered)
who ever took those pics with N95 dont know how to take pics. Horrible.
9. folen_angel (unregistered)
I am a former N80 owner and I've got nokia n95 for more than a week now, and i really love its performance, from the 5 megapixel camera, stereo speakers, GPS, WiFi, UMTS, dvd quality video, largest nokia screen( though lower resolution compared to N90 and N80 )etc... It's battery is lasting for about a day and a half under rigorous usage, and even longer when it is just in its standby mode. every possible connection is now a reality- from stereo speakers, to your laptop/desktop, and now, to your TV. Can anyone handle that? So stop comparing it to k800, N73 or even N93i because it's far better. To those people criticizing the phone, maybe the phone is too good or too expensive for you. But if the money is not an issue, Nokia N95 is a clear choice or rather the perfect mobile phone for you!
10. Laurio Vincent (unregistered)
Nokia N95 Review I've been using the N95 for a few days now. This is one hell of a cell phone. I did read a few reviews before buying the N95, obviously since it costs so damn much. A lot of people complained about the poor battery life and the slider being a bit wobbly. My friend's got an N95 and I got the N95, but both the phones have very firm sliders, even when closed, unlike the Nokia 6270 which does wobble a bit when the slider is closed. About the battery life, i think it is not as bad as others say it is. On my 1st day, the use obviously being pretty heavy since you try all the stuff in the handset, the battery lasted about a day. I think the screen brightness has something to do with it. If you reduce the screen brightness a bit, like I did, the battery will work longer. PRO'S: Excellent Camera, pretty good pics even in low light conditions. Normally with my N70, pics taken in low light environments have a lot of purple spots all over it. But these purple spots are almost invisible with the N95 in similar conditions. The cam has several options to enhance picture quality before take the picture itself. You can adjust the sharpness, contrast, light exposure, and many more and create a user defined profile for the cam. The video quality is excellent, but take a awesome amount of memory at highest settings. Good thing though, you can set you cam to take pics at 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 0.8MP and 0.3MP and videos in VGA at 30 fps or 15fps, QVGA at 30 fps or 15fps, and QCIF at 15fps(3gp format). The screen in nice and big with a very clear and colourful display. However you may want to reduce the screen brightness a bit and keep the backlight timeout to about 15 secs if you want to increase the battery life. You can push it to the max if you don't care about battery life. The 2 loud speakers give an excellent sound output, much better and louder than my N70. The music player too has several options like equaliser, graphic visualizations, stereo widening, bass enhancer, etc. The earphones supplied give a good sound output but the bass effect is not as good as I expected it. However that's not a problem since you can plug in your personal earphones of any make or model that have a 3.5mm pin and listen to music the way you like it. The remote on the earphone adaptor looks very sleek too. I don't really need the GPS facility in the phone and have not been able to try it out as not supported by my network currently and i haven't visited the areas supporting wi-fi either. It's a plus point for those who need it though. The software response is pretty fast, compared to my N70 which is quite slow. It has a bearable time lag while opening applications, gallery, etc. It's too early to judge it right now since my 1GB card is only about 400mb full. The phone is loaded up with a lot of extra softwares which will spice up your cell. One impressive feature included in the web browser is multi-window option which i didn't have in my N70. This makes surfing a lot more fun and convenient. One thing I was very happy about is that the phone came with a 1GB card with it, even though the Nokia-Asia website shows the in-box having only a 128mb card(which i was very disappointed to hear at first). it also comes with a very classy leather cover, which is normally not included in in-box accessories. A car charger would have been great, if included[I know I'm asking for too much now:-)] Cons: Battery life, though not too big an issue, could have been better. Application Manager takes quite long to open, even though i hardly put any external softwares. The good thing is that software can be uninstalled from the main menu itself. Everytime i restart my phone, i don't get delivery reports for the first 10-15 minutes when i send text messages even though the settings show delivery reports ON. I have to wait about 15 minutes after starting it and it works after that automatically. The body of the handset looks a bit poor in quality considering the cost of the phone. Lets see how long it can go. If you put external themes that slows the cell a bit, the softwares(NOT THE PHONE) hang sometimes. Exiting it by holding the Menu key down and pressing the cancel button (c) takes very long. Very Pricey, but worth every buck you pay. Overall, in my opinion, if you got the cash...go for it!!!