Since its early days, Nokia has been at the forefront of mobile imaging technology. The company brought the Lumia 920 the first smartphone to have a camera with Optical Image Stabilisation. The PureView 808 was the first to have a 41-megapixel camera with a large 1/1.2-inch sensor. The Nokia smartphones were popular during that period when imaging sensors were quite in its nascent form.
And while the camera hardware is evolving over the period, HMD Global has taken diligent care on the imaging part with its Nokia branded flagship smartphone. The Finnish company has revived the partnership with Carl Zeiss and the Nokia 8 now marks the return of this iconic lens.
The flagship smartphone packs Carl Zeiss dual camera at the rear side each having a pixel count of 13MP. The rear camera combination comes equipped one 13MP RGB sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and another 13MP sensor for monochrome. While HMD Global has brought the iconic Carl Zeiss lens back on its Nokia-branded smartphone it has added another charm on to its flagship smartphone called the ‘Bothie’ feature. The feature basically captures two images simultaneously utilising both front and rear camera.
The dual rear camera can also record 4K quality video. The luxury of using the Bothie is that you get same resolution both front and rear each counting 13-megapixel. You can also live-stream to YouTube or Facebook right away from the camera app. This is one good part for users, especially for those whose pitch in YouTube, Facebook for feeds simultaneously. To use the live broadcast either on Facebook or YouTube you need to log in to your account first by tapping on the Camera settings menu. You will find the Live broadcast account, log in to your Facebook/YouTube account and you are good to go.
While these are little sweet cherries on top, the camera on the Nokia 8 has some sour grapes as well. The camera app lacks true manual mode or most commonly known as Pro mode which means you can manually adjust few camera modes that you usually get on certain smartphones these days. The camera app only offers- exposure setting, White Balance and focus adjustment. Apart from this, there is a Macro mode that delivers decent output (depending on lighting condition), live bokeh effect which is effective in good light.
Talking about regular camera tests, the images came out good in bright light with vibrant colours and details on the subject, however, the trivia on the photos falter during low light situation. With an average source of light, noise did creep into the photos, but like we said colour reproduction was good when shots were clicked under the sun.
In our camera controlled test, we observed that the Nokia 8 showed a bit of distortion the edges. The camera managed to capture good centre sharpness, but it couldn’t retain much detail with the textured elements. In low light, the output was down-and-out with a fair bit of smudginess in the centre. The camera couldn’t retain much detail with the elements in the frame and the text present on the image were not readable.