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Nokia Nseries Launch

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The N90 takes excellent-quality photos.

 

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Of course, with Carl Zeiss lenses, a 2 megapixel sensor, and true auto-focus, that's to be expected. The LED flash is also surprisingly powerful and effective for close-range shots. The photos above were not taken in ideal conditions, so they're not valid for a scientific review of quality, but they should give you some idea what to expect in non-ideal conditions (i.e. the real world.)

What might be more exciting is the video functionality. It can record at an impressive 352 x 288 pixels, (CIF resolution,) which is something only a few phones outside of Japan can claim. Nokia claims a 15 frames per second (fps) capture rate. In some non-scientific testing, the video looked good when holding the camera still, but when panning around so the whole scene changed, the video became quite jerky. But it was not final hardware, so that might be fixed before commercial launch.

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Above is part of a video clip Nokia reps had pre-loaded on the demo N90s to show off the video functions. It was recorded with an N90 at an intersection in Tokyo.

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Above is a video clip I took with an N90 at the Nokia party in Amsterdam. As you can see, it had a little trouble with a lot of motion, but then again it was not a final N90.

 

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The other really exciting visual feature of the N90 is the truly jaw-dropping display. The previous world record for a mobile phone was just slightly larger than QVGA (240 x 320 pixels). The N90 shatters that barrier with a beautiful 352 x 416 pixel display. It looks simply amazing. The pixels are so fine that they absolutely can't be seen with the naked eye; it looks like paper - but very bright and colorful paper.

The European/Asian version of the N90 should launch within a couple of months. Specifics of an American launch have not been announced.

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