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Review: Nokia N97

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Pictures captured outside in the sun were stunning in their clarity, sharpness and exposure; practically perfect images every time. Many were worthy of being blown up to at least 8 x 10 prints. If you want something to replace your point-and-shoot camera while on vacation (assuming you're going to be outside climbing mountains or looking at Roman architecture), this is the phone to do it.

Pictures shot in a darkened bar were as bad as those taken from any VGA camera — even with the flash and auto-focus to help out. Disappointing to say the least. I was pretty surprised at how grainy, noisy and out-of-focus the images were — even when the phone told me they were in focus. If you're going to take a shot of your best buds from across the table in a restaurant, I'd say you're good to go. Taking pix of anything more than 4 or 5 feet away, however, isn't going to get the best results.


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The N97 shoots video at 30 frames per second. For the most part, it looks great. You'll hardly believe the video came from a phone. If you're one to shoot video of your kids playing sports, the N97 will be a great tool. The ability to upload and share everything via Ovi is nice, too.


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