The Nokia N900 camera is really quite good. In fact, even with pre-release firmware, it walks all over the competition!
It’s no surprise. The N900 comes from a long lineage of great 5 megapixel phones from Nokia, such as the N95 and the N82. It features Carl Zeiss optics (with auto-focus and macro), a dual LED flash, and a sliding lens cover – as such, it’s virtually identical to the N97 camera…
The UI is especially polished. Of course there’s geo-tagging and auto-rotation, but it’s easy to tag and share pictures via Flickr, Facebook, or Pixelpipe. Contrary to other smartphones (and like cameraphones), the N900 camera is an integral part of the device, not an afterthought.
The N900 takes very nice pictures (slide show), with excellent color balance, exposure, and level of detail. But there’s room for improvement, especially in low light. The sensor is a little too noisy at times (shades of N96) – hopefully this can be fixed in a future update.
And then there’s video recording. With a resolution of 848×480 pixels at 25 fps, the N900 is in the same league as the Motorola Droid and the Samsung Memoir. It also features initial auto-focus like the iPhone 3GS :)
Here is a sample video (download original):