Photographer shows the 11-year evolution of Nokia phone cameras


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. The Finnish company had topped phone sales charts for nearly 14 years, and despite the launch of the iPhone, it continued selling multiple times more than its closest rivals. Then, the ‘Burning Platform’ memo and Windows Phone happened, leaving Nokia in shambles in just two years, and it has not recovered ever since. Instead, Nokia was acquired by Microsoft, and from there on, we can only guess what will happen.

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.


source: Richard Dorman via Tech.Onliner

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37 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

The camera on the Nokia N95 is already satisfying for me

13. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think the iPhone has the best camera.

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

iPhone have good camera but can't compare with Nokia. Fair enough.

24. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 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: Feb 03, 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: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Of course you think that because you think Apple everything is the best.

23. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Iphone a very good Camera.

34. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

iPhone camera Quality: Enough for selfies Speed: High Nokia camera Quality: Enough for photographers Speed: Slow This is the difference.

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I think the Motorola Razr V3 has the best camera.

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude please Nokia 7650 already satisfied me.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well, there sure is some noticable improvement.

3. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

photo #24 is just out of this world

4. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

*sobs* I had like almost all of these (except 808 and 1020 lol)

5. clirim

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

there is still a huge space for more improvement on the camera phones.

7. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Correction: On non-Nokia cameraphones.

31. clirim

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

but still and for nokia camaeraphones...

32. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yep! Most definitely..

35. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I find it kind of hard to imagine much better image quality than the 1020 :)

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 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: 531; Member since: Apr 20, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"the future of Nokia with MS & WP" Ugh...

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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!

11. T.F.O.A

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

For me, NOKIA still #1

25. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

For me is Oldsmobile no 1.

12. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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

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