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Review: Nokia N8

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The N8 has a 12 megapixel camera. That's a lot more than most other camera phones out there, and makes the N8 a bit of a target. In simple tests, most users will find the N8's images to be quite good, though it still takes some crummy shots, just like every other camera phone. It is an advanced camera, and has lots of options. My guess is most normal people won't bother with a lot of the fine controls, and will simply shoot away.

When used outdoors in bright sunlight, the N8 delivered crystal clear shots with perfect exposure most of the time. Several shots were overexposed, or had white balance that was off a bit. Focus was mostly good, and I noticed very little grain.

When indoors, it performed better than many other camera phones on the market. The fast focusing and real Xenon flash go a long way to getting things right. Though, as with all flash photography, shadows and dark spots are plentiful.

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With so many pixels, users will certainly want to blow up some images captured with the N8, and those images will look great.


The N8 can shoot 720p HD video, as well as dial it down to email and MMS-friendly resolutions. It offers stabilization and other controls so that users can adjust its behavior to match the environment. The N8 did a fine job at capturing video, and I was mostly pleased with the results. Sure, there's grain here and there, and sometimes the sensor wasn't able to handle large swings in lighting, but by and large it produces clean, usable video that people will want to share.

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