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Nokia N8

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In a previous post titled “the best is yet to come – Nokia N8”, I promised to go into details about the following features available in the Nokia N8 and I also promised to state the disadvantages of this almost perfect device. I hope to be able to cover all these topics in this post:

1. Scene mode. I have discussed this point in my previous post. This is a photo of the “scene mode” as seen on the Nokia N8, to choose an option, all we need to do is to click on it.


2. Colour tone feature. I have also discussed this point in my previous post.

3. Contrast:

This option is similar to the “manual mode” options that we have in more sophisticated cameras. It allows us to specify how much contrast we need in a picture by scrolling up and down.

4. Face detect:

The face detect option seems to be a good option, but for me, it is somehow useless. First of all, when we are taking a portrait picture we need to be close to the subject (a meter or two maximum), for this option to be activated. In fact, when a face is detected the accolade that are originally green turn to yellow.

5. White balance:

  • Automatic
  • Sunny
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent

What is white balance you may ask? I will go into details about this option in a future post.

6. Sharpness:

This option allows us to decide how sharp a picture is. Believe it or not, the default option is “normal”, but the other two options “hard” and “soft” give better results.

7. Grid. This option allows us to follow the rule of thirds. What is that you will probably wonder? I will go into details about the “rule of thirds” in a future post.

8. Exposure

9. Self timer

Don’t you wish sometimes you could set the camera to take an automatic picture? Who would have thought that this option actually existed in a telephone camera?

Well in the Nokia N8 it exists and you have 4 options to choose from:

  • You can choose not to use the self timer and therefore you take pictures directly (off)
  • 2 seconds
  • 10 seconds
  • 20 seconds

10. ISO ( light sensitivity)

ISO denotes how sensitive the image sensor is to the amount of light present. The higher the ISO, the more sensitive the image sensor and therefore the possibility to take pictures in low-light situations.

ISO? Image sensor? You’d probably ask. I promise to talk about all these issues in future posts.

In the Nokia N8, we have 4 options for light sensivity:

  • Automatic
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

The camera is set by default on “automatic”. If you are taking pictures at night, you’d probably need to change the light sensivity to “high” or to “medium”.

11. Large capacity : 16 GB storage.

One can choose between 5 settings for the image quality.

  • MMS 0.3 M – Small.Ideal image size for sending via multimedia message. Image remaining 9999
  • Print 1.3 M – Small. Use for prints up to 6×4 in (15 x10cm). Image remaining: 9999
  • Print 3M – Medium. Use for large sized prints up to 10 x 8 in (25 x 20 cm). Images remaining 9999
  • Print 9 M – large. Use for large prints up to 20 x 12 in (50 x 30 cm). Images remaining 9433. The camera is set to use this option by default.
  • Print 12M – Large. Use for large sized prints up to 20 x 16 in (50 x 40 cm). Images remaining 7405.

I would advise to choose the option that gives you the biggest and largest picture, because we can never predict what we will do with the pictures. Please keep in mind the following: The bigger the picture, the better it is. The better a picture is, the easiest it is to manipulate it.

12. Flash

The flash option in the Nokia N8 is interesting because it allows us to reduce red-eye. This option is very important for portrait pictures.


 Every device has its advantages and its disavantages. What are the disadvantages of the Nokia N8?

–         Pictures are saved by Month and not by date. For example I took pictures in May 2011 and in June 2011; Nokia N8 created folders containing 100 pictures each and named the folders 201105XY for the pictures taken in May and 201106XY for the pictures taken in June. (Please note that X and Y represent a variable letter or number, example: 201105A1)

–         The camera in Nokia N8 hardly has any zoom and this is somehow is disappointing especially if one would like to take a close up of a scene happening at a distance of 30 meters or more. If one is taking pictures of a flower or anything at a very close distance, one can always come closer to the subject but if the subject is far away, it is difficult to get the desired result.

–         Night photography is inappropriate with the Nokia N8. Pictures are fuzzy and unclear no matter what settings are chosen. When I tried to choose the ISO settings, the colors were changed. Some pictures had a weird blue color in them.

–         There is an option called “face detect” I wonder what it is used for.

–         Battery life is very short. Maximum two days if one is using the phone to take pictures only.

Thank you 🙂

(By Zeina Gabriel)

(Special thanks to @WOMWorldNokia and to Denise, Hazem and Carlos 🙂 You Rock :))