Nokia N82 camera

A few months ago, I compared three 5 megapixel camera phones with auto-focus and flash – the i-mobile 902, the Nokia N95, and the Sony Ericsson K850i.

I concluded that:
– The i-mobile 902 was the best camera overall
– The Nokia N95 was the best camera for my purposes
– The Sony Ericsson K850i was the best camera for most people

Enter yet another 5 megapixel camera phone with auto-focus, macro and flash, the Nokia N82.

Now that I’ve used the N82 camera extensively (see pictures above), how does it fit into the picture (pun intended)?

Well it definitely improves upon the N95 camera in terms of features by offering a xenon flash, faster startup time, and faster auto-focus (as well as providing a lens cover, which is missing on the Nokia N95-3).

It matches the K850i camera in terms of features with the brighter xenon flash and quick operation, and beats it in terms of performance with the better Carl Zeiss optics and richer colors.

However, it still lags behind the i-mobile 902 camera in terms of sensor noise and low-light performance.

The N82 beats the K850i in video performance (VGA vs. QVGA resolution), but the K850i trumps the N82 when the time comes to upload pictures (tri-band HSDPA). Also, the N82 is a smartphone, whereas the K850i is a feature phone.

So ultimately:
1) The i-mobile 902 is the best camera overall, but is limited in terms of phone features
2) The Nokia N82 is the best camera for people who want a smartphone with a xenon flash – the Nokia N95 is the best camera for people who (like me) want a smartphone with (US compatible) HSDPA
3) The Sony Ericsson K850i is the best camera for people who want a feature phone

I’d seriously consider retiring my N95-3 for a version of the N82 with US-compatible HSDPA. Are you paying attention, Nokia?

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7 Responses to Nokia N82 camera

  1. kent says:

    The built-in digital camera comes with Carl-Zeiss optics at 5 magepixel like the N95, with added Auto Focus assist lamp (a super bright red LED) and a bright Xenon flash.

  2. Julian says:

    Did you take the flower photo with one of these cameras? I think the quality if amazing….

  3. tnkgrl says:

    @Julian all the pictures in the set above were taken with the Nokia N82.

  4. Jason Sares says:

    I just killed my k800i when I jumped into a pool in Vegas with it. Glad I ordered the N82 to replace it!

    BTW How is the i-mobile holding up?

  5. nathan says:

    ok help me out here i know there are tons of online companies online but chosing the correct one is our problem. i saw a few good news about puremobile.com but i need more clarifications just to set my mind and if you all got any other company in imnd please reply to this ASAP. thanks alot.

  6. Daniel says:

    my camera app form my mobile is deleted what can I do????????/???????????

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