Nokia N95 Reviews

Nokia N95 Cameraphone Gizmodo reviews the Nokia N95 and writes, “I detect a decent level of grain in these 5mp shots, and the shutter lag is horrendous, but WTF, it’s a 5mp camera with a Carl Zeiss 2.8/5.6 autofocusing lens in a phone. There are great controls for ISO, white balance, sharpness, contrast, and flash. And video comes in at 640 by 480 at 30fps. Not shabby. And the editing programs are powerful, especially the photo editor’s clip art feature.”

MobileTechReview has also reviewed the Nokia N95 and writes, “Yes, it isn’t fair to compare the Nokia N95 to a dedicated 5MP digital camera, but let’s face it: we all are interested in that comparison. No, the shots aren’t quite as good as this and last year’s 5MP digital cameras. Generally speaking there’s more JPEG noise reduction done by the N95’s internal image processing software (though not as much as the N73 whose photos could look a tad painted) and more sharpening. And a dedicated camera is better for low light photography (still Nokia’s weakness, though the N95’s night mode generates the best dark room photos to date on a Nokia phone). But some of our photos came darned close, and in some cases surpassed our dedicated slim 5MP Samsung camera for capturing detail like the drops of water on the carrots below, and offering better contrast on the lava rocks in the Buddha photo. Still images are generally very sharp, colourful, well exposed with a faint purple bias.”

Infosync reviews the Nokia N95 and writes, “Pictures taken with the phone were among the best we’ve seen on camera phones, with the exception of the Sony Ericsson Cyber Shot line, perhaps, which also use the Carl Zeiss optics. We still don’t think the image will replace a good, dedicated camera, but images from the camera would have been fine for Web publishing or small print jobs. The phone includes plenty of camera options, including various shutter modes for fast-moving subjects or night time portraits. The phone also has a variety of transfer options, including e-mail, printing, IR transfer and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as direct access to Flickr accounts.”

CNET has also a review for the Nokia N95 and they write, “We were impressed by the quality of photos and videos the N95 produced, as one would hope with a 5-megapixel lens. Pictures boasted vibrant colours and sharp lines and edges, and unlike some smart phones, the N95 didn’t require you to have a super steady hand to get a clear shot. The camera phone also did a decent job with night time pictures, though they were still pretty dim. Video quality was also good. There wasn’t any of that graininess that sometimes plagues videos shot by camera phones. We also wanted to mention the camera’s interface, as we found it extremely easy to use and change camera settings, which can sometimes be challenging when you don’t have a touch screen.”

PCMag reviews the Nokia N95 and writes, “On outdoor shots, our digital camera analyst, Terry Sullivan, judged the N95’s 5MP shooter to be quite good, if a little high in contrast. It delivered vibrant colour, didn’t wash out bright areas or fringe lines, and had just a few jaggies in the shadows. Under low light with no flash, the N95 took fairly decent photos, as long as the target wasn’t moving. There was some colour noise, but no more than you’d expect. … That said, the N95 suffers from two major, common cameraphone pitfalls. First, it has possibly the world’s slowest autofocus. If the camera thinks it has focused properly already, you’re treated to a sprightly 0.5-second shutter delay. But if it doesn’t, you’re stuck waiting up to two full seconds for the damn thing to focus. Second, the N95 is graced with a worse-than-nothing flash, leading to poor indoor performance. Shots taken indoors sometimes looked either blurry from the low shutter speed or grainy from the forced high ISO. In addition, the “flash” gives everything a vaguely blue cast.”

Vnunet have also reviewed the Nokia N95 and finish with, “there’s that camera. At five megapixels, it’s the most powerful yet seen on a mobile phone in the UK (the X-Cute phone also on sale uses a three-megapixel camera and guesses what the in-between pixels would be – so calling it a six-megapixel camera isn’t quite right). The Nokia N95 still doesn’t have an optical zoom but at least the lens is courtesy of Carl Zeiss, and is auto-focus, rather than fixed focus. Sony Ericsson’s earlier flagship cameraphone, the 3.2-megapixel K800i, was let down by an erratic lens cover which tended to pop open and drain the battery.”

3G reviews the Nokia N95 and writes, “The Nokia N95 offers a powerful 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/5.6 mm lens, auto focus and flash. Pictures are shown on the impressive 2.6 inch display. You can upload your photos directly from your camera phone to the Flickr online photo community. At 30 frames per second, you can easily capture moving objects. … The result is a camera phone that produces results close to digital camera quality but with some limitations. The main observation would be limited sharpness / blurry results. However, unless you closely examine the results you may never notice anything adverse.”

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