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This is part 2 of our 3-megapixel battle between the Nokia 5800 and iPhone 3Gs.

In this simple battle, we will see the pros and cons of both video camera in a few aspects:
- Recording at infinity distance and zooming
- Focusing and macro recording.

First up, let’s see how both devices fair in recording and zooming.

iPhone 3Gs

Nokia 5800

Verdict: The Nokia 5800 XPM produces clearer and smoother video and has the zooming capability with louder audio reception. iPhone 3Gs on the other hand, cannot zoom and has a less sensitive mic.

Second test: Focusing and macro capabilities.

iPhone 3Gs

Nokia 5800

Verdict: iPhone here has the upper hand as it allows pre-focusing (which is very good for recording at very very short distances) while the Nokia 5800 does not have focus at all (resulting in blur objects and close distances).

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Remember our post on 5 megapixel camera battle among Nokia N96, N97 and Sony Cybershot a while ago?

This time around, we thought it might be interesting to compare the camera capabilities on iPhone 3Gs and Nokia 5800 since both of them come with a 3megapixel camera (3.2 for 5800).

In this battle we will be looking at the capabilities of both devices to capture portraits, backlit, macro, indoor and low light photos.

Now lets see how these 2 devices fair in the battle. All photos were taken using auto mode and unedited. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Test 1: Portraits

Nokia 5800 iPhone 3Gs

Our verdict: The 5800 produces sharp image but desaturated while the iPhone maintains the natural colour but not as sharp as the one by 5800.

Test 2: Back lit objects

Nokia 5800 iPhone 3Gs

Our verdict: The same thing is happening here. Sharp and desaturated photo by the 5800, but it tries to increase the exposure to bring out the shadows while the iPhone maintains the natural lighting and colour.

Test 3: Macro

Nokia 5800 iPhone 3Gs

Our verdict: It’s quite obvious that the macro shot by the iPhone here is better looking than the one by 5800. Probably because the 5800 tried to bring out the shadows again causing the whole image to overexpose.

Test 4: Indoor with incandescent lighting

Nokia 5800 iPhone 3Gs

Our verdict: I have been having this problem with Nokia cameras since the N82. When it comes to indoor lighting, the photo tends to desaturate. Other than that, everything is fine. Another vote for iPhone here.

Test 5: Low light

Nokia 5800 iPhone 3Gs

Our verdict: This was taken in a very very dark room. The LED flash on 5800 helped in illuminating the objects resulting in very clear and crisp photo while the iPhone [no flash] tried very hard to expose the objects resulting in a very noisy photo.

So there you go! the 3megapixel battle between the Nokia 5800 and iPhone 3Gs.

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I have finally got the time to do photo quality comparison among these devices.

In this ‘battle’, we will be comparing the camera samples from N97, N96 (both 5mpx) and a Sony T900 Cybershot Camera (set to shoot at 5mpx).

These tests below also mimics real world usage of the phones as cameras and find out if camera lens cover(on the N97 and T900) really makes a difference in the photo taking experience.

Here we can see the 3 contenders, (clockwise) T900, N97 and N96. Since the T900 is a proper compact camera, we will set it as a benchmark and decide if the N96 or the N97 produce photos closer to the T900 quality.

The battle consists of 5 tests: Scenery, Macro, Colour Production, Indoor Flash Portrait and Backlit Portrait. All photos below are unedited. I only resized them to 1200px wide and added captions.
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Test 1: Scenery

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 2: Macro

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 3: Colour Production

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 4: Indoor Portrait with Flash

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 5: Backlit Portrait

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

My verdict:
N96 - Lack of camera lens cover exposes the camera to handprints that can create bluriness in photos. Colour production is the worst among the three. Cannot expose dark subjects with bright background well. Quite noisy when photo taken in low light condition.
N97 – Great scenery shots. Able to bring out the colours of scenes and objects captured. Low light photos are good, but white balance might need to be fixed to produce more natural-like indoor ambiance. Noise control is very effective. Photos are more natural in daylight. Quality is very close to the T900.
T900 – Undoubtedly, produces the best photos. Very natural colours when light source is sufficient. Bad indoor shots.

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