Here is a Camera test comparing the Nokia N9 with the N8 carried out by SlipKoRnSaad of Maemo Briefs:
As Damian Dinning alraedy pointed out in his post at Nokia Conversations, the Nokia N8 is still the camera king. But the N9 is a great performing camera considering the 70% reduction in size, you surely did see my brief head to head which gave you an idea how the N9 performs in front of the N8, but we'll go a little bit further to see how it does in general situations (to be completed when i'll have some more free time) :
As usual, all pictures were shooten in automatic mode, with no extra settings, grab the phone, open camera application, shoot !
The N8 followed by the N9 :
Results : The same as above, plus the sky color rendering is more natural on the N8, the N9 give you two more palm tree in both sides, and we can see the whole right palm tree from the bottom to the top and even the shadow of the extreme right palm ! ah the magic of the wide angle !
Results : i have to admit that the N9 sometimes has some serious troubles to focus on a distant object, even if we set it up to landscape mode like this picture !
In a more complex situation :
Results : More light are gathered on the left side by the N9 but the color of the sky isn't that natural.
Results : The N9 does a nice job by gathering more light on the left and bottom side, really nice, and the picture is clearer than on the N8, but the sky color rendering and the "white" left wall is more natural on the N8 !
Results : a huge blue hue on N9 results and fired (overexposed) results of the white wall, the N8 royally stay calm and give an outstanding natural performance !
Results : N9 results are sharp and "processed" but color are more natural ! Yes you read that right ! the N8 is more saturated but doesn't reflect the situation as it was (more yellowish balance, like it was set up to cloud balance)
And again !
Results : The N9 does a better job both in limit distance and color rendering.
But, with the smart zoom, the N8 can do better (we're talking about distance here) :
Another try :
But, again, the smart zoom on the N8 give an outstanding results :
How about the Low light conditions?
Results : N9 is more noisy, colors are cold, the N8 on the other has a great noise management and outstanding natural color rendering !
And if i fire the flash?
Results : the N9 does a great job, it reminds me of the N86, very good noise management with a strong enough dual flash led, but the picture will be always yellowish, the xenon one remains untouchable !
I wanted meanly to test low light conditions, and the N9 did a outstanding job grabbing more light than the N8, but rendering was a bit noisy, the N8 was almost free of noise !
A 44sec sequence costs the N8 55MB of the space and N9 34MB because the N9 compressed more the video :
|N8 video file details|
|N9 video file details|
N8 sample :
And here's the N9 sample :
Bottom line :
The N9 has proved that is has a great camera which can capture more details with the help to the f/2.2 aperture (largest ever in a mobile device) and Super wide-angle optics (the widest in the industry. Up to as much as 60% more viewing area than other broadly comparable devices), all in all with sharp results !
What drives me crazy with the N9 is its extremely responsive UI, especially switching from stills to video and vice-versa and shot to shot !
I like the Touch AF and Full time continuous AF in BOTH video and stills plus face detection.
But a little tweak on the color management field mainly in low light situation (with and without flash) could make of the N9 the best camera phone behind the N8, it has a lot of potential, and Nokia promise nice tweaks in the PR 1.2 update 🙂
What you should know :
- There's no flash assisted video for now !
- Zooming on video isn't supported as well
- Stereo capture is good, but not excellent as on the N8 (but great when compared to other devices from other brands)
- Video is more processed and compressed than on the N8 but quality remains fine
- Flash is so strong that it can burn your close up pictures...you've to play with iso and exposure settings here...
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