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Nokia N95 8GB review | Camera

Published on: Wednesday, March 5th 2008                   Written by: Nic Rossmüller - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia N95 8GB test

A t first glance the Nokia N95 8GB has a limited amount of buttons. It gives the device its placid look. The front side caries the buttons for the menu, the multimedia menu, answering and ending a call. Directly below the monitor the buttons are found for confirming an option in the menu or to go back one step. When you slide down the slider system, the multimedia buttons appear. We find the play, stop, pause, next and previous buttons here. The multimedia buttons make operating the multimedia functions a child's play. When the slider system is slid up, the numeric keys appear. The numeric keys have good relief and give better tactile feedback.

Nokia N95 8GB review

 

Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone

Nokia N95 8GB mobile phone

Nokia N95 8GB Menu navigation

The menu is well-organized and neatly arranged. Even a layman is capable of navigating fast and easy through the menu. It is built up in four rows with three icons each. Below each icon you find the explanation as to what the icon does. The menu is characteristic for the new Nokia models. Someone who is familiar with Nokia cell phones will certainly recognize the menu. Sometimes it takes a while before a menu function responses to its confirmation. It might be annoying, but in most cases you won't even notice.

Nokia N95 8GB Mobile Office

Nokia N95 8GB Mobile Office

Nokia N95 8GB Document viewer

When you receive emails with attachments while on the road, you can use viewer to open Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. Devices featuring Windows Mobile operating system are able to use Mobile Office. Mobile Office offers the possibility of making new documents and editing existing ones. Document viewer unfortunately doesn't let you do that. That restricts working mobile while travelling.

 

Nokia camera phone

Nokia camera phone

Nokia N95 8GB Digital camera

The 5 Megapixel digital camera incorporated in the Nokia N95 8GB features a Carl Zeiss lens, LED flash and auto focus. Unfortunately the camera does not contain an optical zoom. The competition, like the Samsung G800, features a 3x optical zoom. The advantage of an optical zoom compared to a digital zoom is that the image quality does not decrease when zooming in. The N95 8GB has a 6x digital zoom at its disposal with maximum resolution. When using maximum zoom, the picture quality decreases but the picture can still be used for example for Internet publication.

Nokia LED flash

Nokia LED flash

Nokia N95 8GB Shutter lag

The LED flash is powerful and is capable of exposing objects as far as 2.5 meters away from the camera. The auto focus works fast and precise. When the shutter release is pressed half-way down, focussing is carried out immediately unless the circumstances are very difficult. There is hardly any shutter lag. But it takes some time before the pictures are written to the memory even with it being a built-in memory. As mentioned before, the camera has troubles focussing in badly lit circumstances and it takes its time. This focussing delay makes shooting in dark light circumstances hard and not very pleasant.

 

Las Vegas test photos

Las Vegas test photos

Nokia N95 8GB Photo quality

We can be brief about the picture quality; it is excellent. The sample photos speak for themselves. During the time we were testing the camera, we had a trip planned to the CES in Las Vegas. This was a perfect time to take the Nokia 8GB N95 with us to the States. The environments of Las Vegas are very nice to take test pictures. The camera performed well, especially in good light circumstances. The colors are bright and the captured pictures are clear. When shooting in badly lit circumstances the quality drops dramatically and we notice the shortcomings of the sensor and the pixel sensitivity. The usual shortcomings of today's mobile photography.

Nokia NSeries digital photography

Nokia NSeries digital photography

Nokia N95-2 Camera settings

The setting possibilities are numerous. Besides auto scene you can take your pick from six different scene modes. The flash offers four modes. Choices are: 'on', 'auto', 'red eyes' and 'off'. The self-timer has three different time spans. When you're into shooting sequentially you can use the burst mode. The burst mode shoots a number of pictures sequentially not letting you miss one moment. Unfortunately in that case resolution has to decrease to 640x480 pixels. Besides these enhanced settings, color tones, white balance, sharpness and ISO can be adjusted.

 
 
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