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Nokia E7 delayed for early 2011, camera samples leaked again

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Nokia E7 delayed for early 2011, camera samples leaked again
The upcoming Nokia E7 is now officially delayed from its December launch and pushed back to the vague “early 2011” as the Finnish company itself confirmed. "To ensure the best possible user experience on the E7 we have decided to begin shipping in early 2011," a spokesman for Nokia explained.

Rumor had it that the handset will be delayed, but no official confirmation from Nokia supported the claims. This year is marked with delays for Espoo as its current flagship, the Nokia N8, also came out later than expected.

At the same time more leaked samples of the Nokia E7 camera confirm that it comes with full focus, which basically means no auto-focus. Nokia claims that there is some innovative technology like aspherical lenses and better image processing behind this, but it sparked controversy. Previously leaked pictures as well as the pictures below leaked on Flickr illustrate the technology brilliantly.

You probably know that cameras in cell phones usually come with auto-focusing capabilities on board. The Nokia N8 from the Symbian lineup has it, and most other high-end phones you can imagine have it too. The Nokia E7 however, just like the C7, comes with the so-called full focus camera. It is supposed to bring blurriness out of the picture for all objects shot from at least a 50cm (20 inches) distance.

Wait, what about close-ups? The answer Nokia gives about this is blurry, just as the close-up pictures you are going to end up on your full focus device. For us that seems a bit like a downgrade to auto-focus and much like the very familiar fixed focus. Nokia, on its part, argues that with full focus camera you get much less of a lag, hence better spontaneous shots. Check out the pictures below shot in sunny Australia (notice the blur when the object is closer) and let us know what you think about the delay of the E7 and its controversial full focus camera.

source: Engadget and The Nokia Blog

Nokia E7 delayed for early 2011, camera samples leaked again
Nokia E7 delayed for early 2011, camera samples leaked again
Nokia E7 delayed for early 2011, camera samples leaked again

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posted on 14 Dec 2010, 10:24

1. rav405 (unregistered)

I delay the delay is ok as nokia may be can release it with symbian^4?

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 10:24

2. NokTokDaddy (Posts: 21; Member since: 12 May 2010)

I think those close-ups are blurred because of grease on the exposed window covering the lens...

I have a far more basic (5MPx) version of the 'Full Focus' camera on the X3-02 I use as a standby device when I don't want the bulk or need the full features of my N900, which has a pretty damn good auto-focus camera with CZ lens.

The C3-02 is considerably better at 'catching the moment' which I believe is what phone-cameras are all about. Even without flash, the tiny aperture and sensor of the 9mm-thick X3-02 catches reasonable shots at dusk.

In daylight, It's hard to tell the quality from the N900.

However, with the N900 you have to set up the shot, part-depress the button to focus, and then hope the subject does not move.

With the X3-02 I just point and shoot and have a far better chance of bagging a shot. That's what 'Full Focus' is all about.

For those who want photographic excellence there's the N8. I'm sure other N-series devices with auto-focus will follow.

'Full-Focus' loses out on close-ups (no macro) but if I want to snap a document or busuiness card I shoot from approx 60cm at 5Mpx and crop in to the image for perfectly acceptable results (given enough light). The E7 with dual LED flash should have no such problems.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 13:44 1

3. jo de mannen (unregistered)

Such a gorgeous phone. But no AF???? Come on!!!

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 13:59

4. Eugen (unregistered)

Please vote for Evernote for Symbian!http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/evernote_symbian_vote/signatures

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 16:05

5. anthonybuchanan (unregistered)

Look at the scratches on the orange N8.

These guys are slobs. I dont doubt the lens is greasy and dirty which will affect the pictures.

I cant beleive the paint just comes off like that. I will make sure I am extra carefulw ith my new N8.

N8 pictures put these pictures to shame.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 20:25

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

Haha, that guy needs an invisible shield or case for that N8 of his.

posted on 14 Dec 2010, 20:33

7. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

I firmly believe that the fixed focus camera is the result of some market research which led to some jackass making the recommendation that EDoF be used instead of autofocus because research was telling them that people wanted to snap quick photos. When in fact, the market research jackasses probably didn't study whether or not people like the fact that their photos are in focus at any depth. Let Nokia argue this move all they want. The market will tell them they made a horrendous choice when they decided to move to EDoF. Mark my words, Nokia will switch back to autofocus sensors.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 09:27

8. Chinoy (unregistered)

The Pics on the E7 suck.
Nokia made a bid mistake. Im thinking of buying another phone. Just on this one issue. What a waste of moeny. A high end phone that cant take proper pics ?????

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