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Nokia Lumia-800 Camera Comparison

Updated on December 26, 2011

2phones and a compact camera, tech on a step

Screens off
Screens off | Source
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Screens on | Source


Camera settings Lumia
Camera settings Lumia | Source
Camera settings N9
Camera settings N9 | Source

Camera Comparison Lumia-800, N9 and Panasonic Lumix Compact 10megapixel camera

I've been using and enjoying the Nokia Lumia-800 running the Windows Phone operating system, and as I had a little free time over Christmas, thought I'd do a comparison of the camera with it's sibling , the Nokia N9, running the Meego Harmattan operating system and my compact digital camera, a Panasonic Lumix 10mp . I set everything to automatic, the thing that normally suits my limited abilities (and possibly what most normal users would do I think ?) and simply took a few shots with each, attempting to replicate them as closely as possible !

Both the Lumia and the N9 have 8 megapixel cameras with auto focus, and afaik are in effect, the same unit.The Lumia has a physical camera button and the N9 a virtual on screen capture button, both need to be held for a short period of time to focus before taking a picture. Pressing the button on the Lumia a further step once you have a solid white square on the screen and releasing the virtual button on the N9 once the focus square turns blue. I'm no photographer, as those who know me are aware, and this is just a comparison by a strict amateur, people can judge for themselves as to the quality of the pictures, but as everything was auto, I believe the comparisons are fair, and to be quite honest, I think, coming from my E7 EDOF camera (look it up, I'm not getting into either a debate or explanation of EDOF) both cameras on the latest Nokias are pretty good, the N9 for some reason seems to edge it slightly, but as far as I am aware, both cameras will recieve some improvements through software updates in the near future. One thing both the phone cameras struggle with is poor quality in low light conditions, but this is a general fault with almost all camera phones using LED flash, and not perculiar to Nokia.

N9 Camera spec


8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics

Wide-angle lens

True 16:9 imaging

Large lens aperture F2.2 for better and faster photos in low light conditions

Dual LED flash

Digital shutter

Continuous autofocus

Touch-to-focus and exposure lock

Focal length: 3.77mm / 28mm

F number/Aperture: F2.2

Still images file format: JPEG/EXIF/XMP

Digital zoom up to 4x for still images and video

Image capture

Camera settings: flash, scene mode, exposure, white balance, ISO, face tracking, aspect ratio and resolution

Automatic location tagging (geotagging) of images and videosImages automatically taken in the correct orientation

Pinch zoom in Photos image viewer

View photos by tag, favourites, collection and slide show

Photo editor with fast non-destructive editing, one-touch autofix, red-eye removal, straighten

Automatic Motion Blur Reduction


Internal memory: 16 GB or 64 GB

High-speed USB 2.0 with micro USB connector for transferring photos to PC or Mac

Share photos online through Facebook, Flickr and Picassa

Photo sharing through NFC

Indoor photos

Mug Lumia
Mug Lumia | Source
Mug Lumix
Mug Lumix | Source
Mug N9
Mug N9 | Source
Reindeer Lumia
Reindeer Lumia | Source
Reindeer Lumix
Reindeer Lumix | Source
Reindeer N9
Reindeer N9 | Source

Lumia-800 Camera spec

Main camera

Primary camera sensor size

8 megapixels

Camera resolution height

3264 pixels

Camera resolution width

2448 pixels

Camera F number/aperture


Camera digital zoom

3 x

Camera minimum focus range

10 cm

Camera focal length

28 mm

Main camera features

Camera feature

  • Geotagging
  • Dual LED flash
  • Carl Zeiss Optics
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Fast one-click photo sharing
  • Auto and Manual White Balance settings
  • Touch to Focus and capture in a single tap

Camera image format

  • XMP
  • JPEG/Exif

Lumia screen shots

Auto-Fix option on Lumia
Auto-Fix option on Lumia | Source
Picture hub, Nokia Lumia-800 Windows Phone
Picture hub, Nokia Lumia-800 Windows Phone | Source

auto fix

One thing I have discovered on the Lumia -800 is that there is an 'auto-fix' option built into the phone, when you open a photo you've taken in the 'Camera Roll' section of your Lumia in the Pictures app and press the 3 little dots in the bottom right hand corner of the screen you get a menu pop up and one of the options is to auto-fix, generally speaking it works really well, especially in low light photos and it can make some dark and dingy snaps look much better in a few seconds, no doubt professional editing in a computer would give castly superior results, but for a rank amateur, the feature is quite frankly brilliant and simple, and one of the many things I've found on the Lumia which I like a lot.

Before and After Auto-Fix Lumia

Comparison of original and Auto-Fix shot on the Lumia at 50% Res
Comparison of original and Auto-Fix shot on the Lumia at 50% Res | Source
Indoor comparison of Auto-Fix and Original photo cropped to 50%
Indoor comparison of Auto-Fix and Original photo cropped to 50% | Source
Indoor comparison of auto-fix and original. auto fix on left Cropped 50%
Indoor comparison of auto-fix and original. auto fix on left Cropped 50% | Source

Outdoor comparisons

Lumia | Source
Lumix | Source
N9 | Source
Lumia | Source
Lumix | Source
N9 | Source
Lumia | Source
Lumix | Source
N9 | Source
Lumia | Source
Lumix | Source
N9 | Source
Crops from the three cameras, Lumia, Lumix, N9
Crops from the three cameras, Lumia, Lumix, N9 | Source

Well that's it really, this is just a set of photos from three different sources, I've also included a couple of screen shots and hope people don't find it boring !!

Thanks for reading/viewing.

Stephen Quin

Pink Aura Post Script

Despite him mentioning it in a comment on one of my previous posts, @chbidmead
mentioned and reminded me of an issue he'd found on the Lumia-800 on Twitter, which is described as a 'Pink Aura' on white backgrounds taken in low light conditions. Chris mentioned that my sample photo of the Reindeer taken with the Lumia had it, as I couldn't honestly see it, I took a photo with virtually no light, of a white T Shirt, and lo and behold, the Aura was clearly visible. Now despite not noticing it previously, the issue is clearly there and hopefully it will be resolved with future software issues. Thanks to Chris Bidmead for using his superior eyesight to bring the issue to my attention for a second time !

Pink Aura

'Pink Aura' appearing on white background in low light Lumia-800
'Pink Aura' appearing on white background in low light Lumia-800 | Source


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    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      Well thank you for reading and commenting, things have moved on a lot since this piece and I think the latest Lumia's would destroy my Point & Shoot

    • djripster profile image


      5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Great article.... I really enjoyed the comparison with your point and shoot, which is something you dont get to see much in such reviews

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      5 years ago

      Okechukwu, My relentless over-support for ainhtyng Nokia? Like this recent article in which I trash Nokia brutally . Right?LOL! I love you too, man! Thanks for chipping in

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      Joao Luis C 

      5 years ago

      No entiendo tu pregunta aquí?

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      5 years ago

      terminal, ased como el hecho de haber integrado NFC para estar a la par con los nueovs Lumia 820 y Lumia 920 de Nokia que recientemente se estranaron, tambie9n, con Windows Phone

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      about what ?

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      6 years ago


    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      From locked and using the physical camera button,it takes about 3 seconds !

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      6 years ago

      How fast did the camera boot ready to capture?

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      don't use yahoo, but Windows Phone has some of the best Twitter apps on the market, all major services ate supported, and fantastic email client ;)

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      6 years ago


    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      you need to have an unlocked or developer handset and then you can install a screen capture app. I bought a Chevron7 unlock key, but they have run out since Nokia started producing Windows Phones, hopefully they will be available again soon, or it may become a feature in Apollo!

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      6 years ago

      How do U screen capture on lumia 800 ???

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      No it doesn't but if you look in the marketplace , there are apps, not used this, but gets good reviews !

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      6 years ago

      I have the lumia 800 but as far as I can see it doesn't have a photo timer.

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      The email to Twitpic works fine on the Lumia !

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      6 years ago

      No this is not possible. Works only with N9

    • carman58 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Leeds, Uk

      It cannot be done , similar to iPhone, you need to send by email, share on social networks or you can upload to Skydrive and text a link to someone or simply send as a picture message in a text, hopefully this may change in the future , but for now , these are the only alternatives !!

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      6 years ago

      How to send the beautiful photo from Nokia Lumia phone to other phone using bluetooth?


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