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Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic review | Digital Camera

Published on: Tuesday, May 5th 2009                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Nokia 5800 digital camera

T he built-in digital camera of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic music phone features a resolution of 3.2 Megapixels and a Carl Zeiss lens. Reasonable specifications, although not the most impressive ones at present. Yet, I am very pleased with the camera and the camera application. The camera opens quickly by pressing the shortcut briefly, wherever you are in the menu. The fact you don’t have to return to the main screen and you don't have to press the key very long, means that you will always be pretty fast in taking a picture. Sometimes, especially in somewhat darker circumstances, it is hard to decide the composition, seeing as only two thirds of the screen function as a viewfinder. Capturing a picture is also very quick. Pressing the shutter release slightly carries out a fast focus, whilst pressing down the button completely captures the picture directly. It's also thanks to the key lock bar on the side that the phone is very useful for taking a quick snapshot. Simply remove the key lock, press the shortcut and there you go. It's an excellent application.

Digital photography with the Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic

Digital photography with the Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic

 

Photographing with the Nokia 5800

Photographing with the Nokia 5800

Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic camera settings

As mentioned before, there are some shortcuts standard placed next to the viewfinder, among which is the camera settings shortcut. Activating or deactivating the flash is done quickly, but for the additional options you have to dive into the menu. The menu works excellently, better than other Symbian applications without touchscreen. The way it is carried out now is simply a lot clearer. The only thing that is a pity is the fact that the scene mode is not confirmed immediately; you open the menu, go to the scene mode and make your choice. This choice is then selected, but you won't directly go to the viewfinder, the menu has to be closed by two actions. This is a minor disadvantage, however, and everything else is both excellent and fast. ISO values can also be adjusted, although it only provides three options: Low, Medium and Hi. A lot of noise becomes visible quite soon. Generally, the auto mode obtains the best results.

Nokia 5800 photo quality

Nokia 5800 photo quality

Quality of the Nokia Xpressmusic photos

In addition to ISO values, also white balance, color effects, contrast and sharpness settings can be adjusted. The quality of the pictures certainly surprises too. For a phone that does not have the camera as its most important feature, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic makes outstandingly good pictures. And what's even more important; making pictures is also very pleasant. It is a clear application which can be activated fast and is able to capture a composition quite well with little delay. There is also a dual LED flash available that comes in handy during the evenings. It responds quickly and has quite an effective range. If you view the full resolution of the pictures, you may come across some minor flaws, but in general the result is a very nice surprise indeed.

 

Nokia 5800 Express music

Nokia 5800 Express music

Nokia Xpressmusic review

Nokia Xpressmusic review

 
 
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