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Nokia N82 review | Camera

Published on: Friday, January 18th 2008                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia N82 digital camera

T he Nokia N82 has been equipped with a five Megapixel digital camera. The camera offers auto focus, an auto focus assist lamp for correct focussing and a xenon flash. When we take a look at other five Megapixel camera phone devices, such as the LG Viewty and the Samsung G800, we notice that integrating (electronic) image stabilizer and face detection belong to the possibilities. Nokia did not integrate these innovations just yet. The Finnish phone giant is well-known for not wanting to be the first manufacturer to integrate these innovative features. This may be a very well thought-out strategy; waiting until the market is asking for certain functions and moreover waiting until the teething trouble is over. The Nokia N82 also has a 20x digital zoom at its disposal. This fact might trigger one's imagination. If you already have some experience with digital photography you might be aware of the fact that a digital zoom will also diminish the quality of the captured pictures. Therefore a digital zoom function always has a limited use. The xenon flash has a reasonable effective range.

Nokia N82 review

The Xenon flash is capable of correctly exposing objects up to 3 meters from the camera. The camera also has a self-timer. How to use it remains a secret. It is impossible to place the Nokia N82 on a table or a wall. The device will fall over directly due to the lack of a flat bottom to put it on.

 

Nokia N82 camera phone

Nokia N82 camera phone

Nokia N82 - Shutter release lag

The shutter release lag is almost non-existing on the Nokia N82. There is however, a noticeable lag when focussing and managing/storing the picture afterwards. So taking action pictures in high resolution is not an option. Nokia is offering a solution to this in the form of a burst mode. In burst mode, you can take six pictures sequentially. When the release button is kept down, the N82 will take pictures until the memory is full. These pictures are taken in the highest resolution and probably a higher compression. You cannot adjust the compression, but the pictures made in burst mode are generally some 300kB smaller than the normal pictures.

Nokia N82 Carl Zeiss lens

Nokia N82 Carl Zeiss lens

Nokia N82 - Macro photography

Close-up mode, as the macro mode is called on the N82, lets you shoot in a creative way. The macro mode can be used for objects as close as ten to fifty centimetres from the camera. When photographing in close-up mode you have to take the limited depth of field into account and the amount of surrounding light. Actually close-up photography with a cameraphone is some sort of sports for the advanced photographer. In other words, it is not easy to obtain a perfect result, certainly not when the object is not captured directly from the front.

 

Nokia N82 image quality

Nokia N82 image quality

Nokia N82 - Picture quality

The overall picture quality of the Nokia N82 is fine. Even in twilight, it is possible to take pictures of a reasonable quality. Shutter release lag is hardly noticeable but the camera does suffer from focus lag. It kills the spontaneous impulse of taking a snapshot because it takes too long when the camera has to focus first. Fast moving objects will have disappeared long before the camera was able to focus correctly. You will have to judge really well, when and on what spot you want to focus. ISO can be selected from low (ISO 100), normal (ISO 200) and high (ISO 500). ISO 500 can still be used but only to a certain limit. The pictures show visible noise values but I must say that noise is not too obvious and does not disturb the composition.

Nokia N82 camera settings

Nokia N82 camera settings

Nokia N82 - Camera modes

The Nokia N82 offers various setting possibilities to adjust the camera to the shooting circumstances. You can choose from automatic, user, close-up, portrait, landscape, sports, night, and night portrait. Besides settings for the white balance, ISO and various picture modes there is also the possibility of selecting black&white, sepia, negative and vivid. And for those who still haven't had enough; you can also set the contrast, sharpness and exposure values. I'd say there are enough choices to adjust the settings to whatever situation occurs.

 
 
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