Camera and Multimedia:

The Nokia 5530 is equipped with 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash. There is not much to tell about its interface, because it´s the same as the versions on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and N97. As a whole it´s passable, although switching between options is somewhat unhandy and the thing is they are many. You can share pictures over Ovi and Vox, but adding other services like Facebook, Picasa, Flickr etc. is not supported. The snapshot quality is nothing to write home about. Details are blurry and virtually non-existent at times, plus colors look rather unrealistic now and then. All told, the snapshot quality the camera delivers is almost identical to what you get with the 5800. The LED flash didn’t manage to surprise us with a great performance either and is mediocre – snapshots taken when there´s not enough light or in the dark are really bad indeed. Image quality of captured videos is the same, but still good enough for sharing on the Internet.

Nokia 5530 XpressMusic sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.

Themusic player doesn’t deliver anything new to surprise you with either. Tracks can be filtered by artist, album, playlists, genre, composer, Podcasts or you can just see a list of all available content. It´s a good thing you can choose between equalizer presets and audio effects and as a whole, the app is easy to handle.

Sound quality during audio playback and through the stereo loudspeakers is good, but they are less powerful than the 5800´s. Our 5530 XpressMusic handset came without a headset, but we put the 3.5mm jack to good use and were pleased with what we heard. Audio turned out to be loud and clear. You can watch videos using either the Video centre menu or Real Player that both come with the operating system. They handle high bit rate MPEG4 videos with resolution of 640x360 pixels at 30 fps flawlessly. Still, we like Video Centre better, since it sports cooler interface and delivers better looking, more saturated colors. 

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