14 October 2012

Nokia N9 sample photos

Many people keep asking me (as a phone gadgetboy) whether it's actually possible to go on holiday without a Canon compact camera, and just take your cameraphone with you. Well, it is. I just did so while travelling around France and Switzerland in the summer of 2012. So, let's take a closer look at the sample photos I took and some information on Nokia N9's camera then.

I must admit the Nokia N9 camera doesn't quite compare with the N8 (my previous phone's camera) in terms of photo camera performance, but it just does the job. Nokia N9 features an 8 megapixel sensor with a max resolution of 3264x2448 pixels and a fast, f/2.2 wide angle (28mm in 35mm equivalent) Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. The camera offers excellent low-light performance and the chance to fit more into the frame.

Go here to see why Carl Zeiss really matters in photography.
Go here and here to read more about the cooperation between Nokia and Carl Zeiss.
It isn't a conventional 4:3 sensor that's inside the N9, which would lose lots of resolution when shooting in the native for the screen 16:9 mode. Instead, the producer chose a 8.7 megapixel sensor which allows to shoot in both aspects with only a tiny loss of resolution. Thus the Nokia N9 produces 8 megapixel shots in 4:3 mode and 7.1 megapixel images in 16:9 aspect.
In most situations, however, the Nokia N9 might easily replace that point-and-shoot camera you'd normally carry in your pocket. To put my money where my mouth is, I'm presenting you a series of unprocessed and unimproved photos taken by myself with my Nokia N9. Enjoy!

The camera interface in Nokia N9 is very functional. The menu offers different scenes, flash settings, white balance and compensation settings as well as ISO. You wouldn't normally expect much more from a regular compact camera. Aspect ratio, resolution, face detection and geo-tagging can be adjusted too.
You can also insert some text to be recorded in the EXIF of the photos you take with the N9 (your name or some copyright text). The final features of the Nokia N9 camera are touch focus, which works as you would expect it to (see the "metal mouse" picture attached in the post), and digital zoom.

1 comment:

  1. You have an awesome well-written blog! Thank you for this. I'm thinking about buying an N9 only if the camera is on par or better than my 4S.