Nokia 8 cameras explained: how does the dual camera work and what is a "#Bothie"

The Nokia 8 is here and it features a very interesting camera setup: three identical cameras, all with the same, 13-megapixel sensor. Two of them are on the back: one is the main color camera with optical image stabilization and the secondary one is a monochrome sensor, while the third one is... the front camera!

But first let's start with the camera specs:

  • 13-megapixel rear color camera sensor (likely Sony IMX 258 sensor) with 1.12-micron pixels, 1/3.06 sensor size, Optical Image Stabilization, f/2.0 Zeiss lens
  • 13-megapixel rear monochrome camera (likely Sony IMX 258), no OIS, f/2.0 lens
  • 13-megapixel front camera with auto-focus (same sensor), f/2.0 lens

Advanced Image Fusion and better low-light shots

As you can see, it is a very similar setup to what Huawei has pioneered: the main color camera works in tandem with the secondary monochrome sensor to give extra clarity and detail in low light. Nokia says that this is made possible thanks to an "advanced image fusion algorithm" that helps the camera perform in all conditions.

This combination of sensors also allows for what Nokia calls a 'Live Bokeh' effect, where you can adjust the amount of artificial blur that is added to an image to make your subject pop. Again, this is a similar effect to what we've seen on Huawei phones. And on both platforms, the idea is to get a similar look to the shallow depth of field that you get when shooting with a professional DSLR camera.


But the big thing about the Nokia 8 is a new story-telling experience: the "bothie".

Essentially, a bothie takes pictures from the rear and the front cameras and seemlessly fuses the image together for both pictures and videos. Not only that, you get a button in the camera app to livestream directly to YouTube and Facebook (you can even interact with your Facebook audience without leaving the camera application). Nokia says this is "a new chapter in story telling."

But also... #Selfie

Last, but not least, the front camera on this phone is very powerful. It is one of very few to come with auto-focusing, and this will make your beloved self pop more on images and be in sharper focus. The detail from this 13-megapixel camera should be a level above pretty much every other front camera out there, so selfie takers mark September 6th in your calendars: that's when the new Nokia 8 will go on sale in Europe (unfortunately, it will not be available in the US initially).

Related phones

  • Display 5.3" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3090 mAh



1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't wait to get this beast and put it to test. Definitely my next handset to use as primary.

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I stop reading on imx 258. Same mistake with LG, a midrange sensor for a high end phone....

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

It didn't say it is the IMX258, it said "like IMX 258", in regards to "real color".

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Likely here nigh be. So it might be the imx 258.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

"Might be" doesn't equal "Is". I think judgement should be reserved until we know for sure.

15. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Aka, don't say anything about Nokia's camera because it will upset me.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22267; Member since: May 28, 2014

Aka, you saw me make a comment and decided to flag me down like a hitchhiker because you thirst for my attention.

9. PryvateiDz

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I mean, I would be with you too, but it's not all about just the camera sensor, it's about the image processing too. Nokia uploaded videos recorded from their cameras to their Official Nokia mobile YouTube Channel, and the cameras to me are Phenomenal (at least to me). I might just get one, if it's coming to the USA with the proper GSM bands.

6. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Nokia 8 same camera LG G6. I Wait on LG V30 16MPx and 13MPx (16MPx IMX398???)

7. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG G6 use Selfie and Back camera Also at once.

11. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Multiple Android phones can do it, I think Nokia is used to the crippled experience on Windows Mobile.

12. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

HTC did it with their HTC desire eye back in 2014

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

As did samsung

8. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The only exciting camera phone in 2017 is V30 , waiting sammy to put new optics in the GS9

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

More false advertising, my S7 already uses both cameras to create a split image or video using the front and back cameras. Even the Note 3 from 2013 had the ability to use both cameras, but the front facing image appeared as a stamp over the back camera image instead of putting them side by side. Only thing I see different about the Nokia is they are using the same sensor front and back so image quality will be more even.

14. WingMan unregistered

So it uses front and back cameras, just like the LG G2 did back in 2013... #innovation

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