First camera comparisons of the Nokia N8 and the iPhone 4 emerge

First camera comparisons of the Nokia N8 and the iPhone 4 emerge
The first batches of shots taken with a Nokia N8 and an iPhone 4 side-by-side are in, and the results seem to be quite predictable. Apple's iPhone 4 produces bright, colorful images by default - the way most people like their photos.

Nokia N8 has taken more accuracy-friendly approach, and captures a bit more detail with its 12MP camera, while the "Vivid" mode is left as an option in the camera settings.

We are posting a few comparison shots below, the Polaroid-like strips are CNET's comparison with a Fujifilm Finepix J150w digital camera - hit the source links for more imagery.

What are your personal preferences based on the Nokia N8 and the iPhone 4 samples below?

Nokia N8 Specifications | Hands-on
Apple iPhone 4 Specifications | Review

source: CNET & Engadget



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N8
  • Display 3.5" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1200 mAh(5.83h 3G talk time)
iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. luistoluca

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

:O the iPhone 4 is better!!

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

How exactly do you figure that? Because the colors are so bright? That's called over-saturation and it's not a good thing unless you like your photos to be fake.

2. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

It seems the N8 shots better overall. The iPhone pictures look ok, but are blurry, not as sharp and too much red in all the images. Whereas the N8 images are sharper, true to color and very comparable to the compact camera. If the camera captions weren't under the pictures, the N8 and compact camera images would be hard to tell apart. Impressive.

8. luistoluca

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

jajajajjaj remain in the world fanboys Nokia, do not accept reality

9. thatdude1 unregistered

And you are in the "real world" with a comment like that? You Nokia haters are downright pathetic.

3. doitall76

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

I would love to see the examples of the N8 with the vivid mode on. I do like the warmth of the Iphone photos, but they are not as clean as the N8's. Doitall76

5. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

N8's approach is much better. Nokia learned from the N95 which had this "warmth" added to bright colors to make them look unreal. N8 does a very good job of capturing REAL stills. I think it's time for an N8 vs. Pixon 12 vs. Satio showdown.

6. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I believe the referenced article on Engadget made some serious alterations to the web posted pics. If you take the time to download the raw zip files, you may very well see how the individual who wrote this article is not familiar with cameras or has a deceitful agenda. IMO, this was extremely unfair and unfortunate. The Nokia closeups were clearly out of focus...BECAUSE the operator failed to put it in MACRO mode!!!! The pics were always in partial zoom with Nokia, since the camera has a 28mm WIDE ANGLE lens. Of course, this magnifies motion AND defects. A most unfair and unprofessional job, IMO. To waste further time discussing the merits of the pics is sad.

7. gridlock

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

yep, they cropped the shit out of the N8 pics, but still detail is bland for a 12MP shooter if you look at the originals

10. RVM unregistered

check those moving people in the first shot, and notice the difference...

11. gridlock

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

yeah, good catch, nokia seems made for low light situations, while iphone's pics are overexposed and oversaturated out of the box, I wish they shot with the HDR mode, makes iphone's pics more subtle. but there will be plenty more pics from both this weekend when everybody got an N8

12. Sputnix unregistered

DontHateOnS60 makes a good point !! - "I think it's time for an N8 vs. Pixon 12 vs. Satio showdown" Luistoluca typifies the average jump-on-the-bandwagon overnight manufacturer fanatic ! The iPhone's pics are excellent.... for viewing on the amazing screen it has. But for those who actually know something about photography, and will take them further (bigger screen or prints) it seems the N8 would do a much better job in capable hands ! Not to mention not being quality limited in poorly lit situations. Start with the basic, and adjust to your taste rather than having features preset to their best apparent ability. Ok so I am an Apple fan, but for the real reason that an Apple fan is exactly that... being a MAC USER ! Not a trend hound who thinks the iPhone is the best thing since the invention of the wheel simply because it has 'cool factor'. If having a good signal or worldwide support and practical phone use is not your priority, then for sure glorify the iPhone. Every one has their own interest in what they want a phone for, and I think the N8 will do well despite all the highly biased and unfair reports it is receiving before it is even properly available ! I think it can be said that with so much emotion being shown for a product launch, Nokia has already succeeded at something... generating the sort of interest usually only achieved by Steve Jobs himself !! That speaks volumes !

13. Yui unregistered

Some phots in iphone looks better than n8 if u noticed that the n8 in white color back ground looks yellow in iphone and camera looks the same

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