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A 12MP camera phone? You betcha...

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Posted 14-07-10 at 07:04 PM by Ian
Updated 15-07-10 at 01:14 PM by Ian



Yesterday I was invited to a meeting with Nokia so I could get to know their forthcoming N8 smartphone. You can read my preview article about the N8.

I can remember when I scoffed at the idea of 5MP camera phones, and then four years ago Nokia introduced the N95. Its 5MP camera really impressed. 5MP is now the average resolution for camera phones; my HTC Desire has a 5MP camera, and so does the new iPhone 4. But Nokia has broken the mould again and is to introduce the N8 with a 12MP sensor, no less, complete with Carl Zeiss Tessar branded wide angle (28mm equivalent) lens.

On top of that, it's similar in size to a typical compact camera sensor and although that's still tiny compared to a DSLR or hybrid mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, like Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, etc., it's considerably bigger than the little specks that are used in most camera phones.

The N8 samples we played with yesterday were all pre-production, so I wasn't able to take any sample shots home, but the samples we were shown did look very good considering they were from a camera phone. And the HD video capability of the N8 impressed too.

And there was even more wow-factor - the built in image and video editors actually look useful and usable. The N8 has practically cut out the middle-man PC for photo and video post production. On top of that, you can hook the N8 up to a HDTV or computer monitor, and a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and what you have is a pocket-sized computer to all intents and purposes.

It's all quite remarkable. I can't wait to test a production sample!
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    DennisP's Avatar
    Ian - Your link does not lead to an article about the N8 ?
    Posted 15-07-10 at 12:58 PM by DennisP DennisP is offline
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    Ian's Avatar
    Sorry about that Dennis - it should be fixed now.
    Posted 15-07-10 at 01:14 PM by Ian Ian is offline
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    DennisP's Avatar
    Ian - Do you know the dimenions and also was a suggested retail price quoted.?
    Posted 15-07-10 at 02:56 PM by DennisP DennisP is offline
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    There is talk that the N8 will have a guide price of 375 Euros if bought without a contract. That's quite competitive. My HTC Desire is 399 (or about 440 Euros) and I'm on a 20/ month tariff after paying 99 towards the hand set. You can get a Desire for 'free' for 25/month, so I expect the N8 will be similar or slightly cheaper. I don't have any dimensions yet, but the picture against my hand should give you some idea.
    Posted 15-07-10 at 04:07 PM by Ian Ian is offline
 

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