Monthly Archives: December 2007

The Nokia N82 has Arrived…

Scruffy playing Tug-a-War
Photo taken by Ms. Jen with the Nokia N82.

Wed. 12.19.07 – The Finnish exchange student, the Nokia N82, has arrived today from the lovely folks from WOM World for her 2 week stay in Seal Beach with Ms. Jen with our friend the DHL delivery guy plopping the box down in a rain puddle (again) and not knocking on my door.
Rather than boring the reader with the now cliched “unboxing” photos, I started out by pulling the little baby out of her box, inserting a sim chip (back to the 7610* style sim holder – W00t! – none of the N95 struggle and nail breakage!) and battery, gave her a charge, and then engaged Scruffy McDoglet in a game of tug-a-war all the better to take comparison photos with…
Thus, here starts the N82 v. the N95 trial photos. In the comparison photos, both the N95 and N82 are set to no flash and close up mode. Scruffy was moving at high speed in both photos trying to steal the green stuffed rabbit from me.
Now I expect the N82 to be worthy competition to the N95 in the photography department. Let the photo games begin… ;o)
* Surprising amount of physical comparisons with 2004’s Nokia 7610 (my precioussssss) in terms of size and and few other details, but the N82 is no where near as cute and well shaped as the 7610.

The Nokia N95 vs. the N95 8GB, Part II – The Photo Comparison

The Nokia N95 on the left and the Nokia N95 8GB on the right column. Click on the 1st image for slideshow and titles.
N95 - Local Decorated House N95 8GB - Local Decorated House
N95 - Moving at 55mph N95 8GB - Moving at 55mph
N95 - Contrasting Colors N95 8GB - Contrasting Colors
N95 - Versailles and Sky N95 8GB - Versailles and Sky
N95 - Xmas Tree back lit with Sunlight N95 8GB - Xmas Tree back lit with Sunlight
N95 - Lights at night, no flash N95 8GB - Lights at night, no flash
N95 - Nopal Cactus Fruit N95 8GB - Nopal Cactus Fruit
N95 - View of the Pacific Ocean & Oil Rig from the boardwalk N95 8GB - View of the Pacific Ocean & Oil Rig from the boardwalk
N95 - Seal Beach boardwalk & winter storm sand berm wall N95 8GB - Seal Beach boardwalk & winter storm sand berm wall
N95 - Belle & Scruffy Moving N95 8GB - Belle & Scruffy Moving

A camera is a tool. A tool to help actualize the photographer’s vision, what is seen right there and then. depending on what the photographer wants to capture is which camera tool she/he will use, be it film SLR, digital, mobile, pin-hole, toy, point & shoot, etc.
As high megapixel digital prosumer cameras have become common, many people are switching back to film or to toy cameras (such as the Lomo or Diana or pin-hole or…) or to mobile camera phones to achieve different effects and to impose a system of constraints. Many times the best art happens within the boundaries of constraints as one is forced to push the medium.
I love mobile phone photography. I love the immediacy, the ability to send the photo to the web right on the spot, the ability to not worry about f-stops and focus but instead to shoot frequently and often. I have a lovely Nikon FM-3a manual film SLR camera, but I use my Nokia camera phone to shoot about 98% of all of my photos. There are shots I can take with my Nokia mobile that it would be quite difficult due to size and weight and mass to get my my Nikon.
To this end, each iteration of the Nokia camera phones does not necessarily mean* that the camera is better with each additional megapixel or new imaging algorithm or sensor chip.
Each one of the Nokia mobiles I have owned has had the ability to take photos in a different way than the next one. The 7610, while only 1 megapixel, could capture close ups in a way that the 6680’s 1.3 megapixel never could. The 7610 also has a lovely dreamy without being pixelated effect that many photographers have to use vaseline to achieve. The 6680 had its charms and so did the N80. The N95 can capture closer to real life purples than any of the previous mobiles (purple is difficult for digital sensors to get right without a lot of software and algorithm bulk). The 7610 and N95 v. 1.0 are my favorite Nokia camera phones to date, for very different reasons.
When WOM World offered to send me the Nokia N95 8GB (v. 2.0) for a 2 week trial, I said yes, as I really wanted to see how the photos would differ from the first iteration of the N95. Initial reports and reviews of the N95 8GB indicated that there was a slight change in camera speed and possibly in the algorithm. As seen from the photos above, there is a slight difference – an increased saturation in the N95 8GB photos.
When I put the N95 and the N95 8GB to their paces, I made sure that I was able to stay in the same place and attempt to shoot the photo from the same angle (exceptions with the ship photo while driving and the dogs as they were moving) to be able to increase the accuracy of the comparison. I also shot all the above photos with the flash off.
From the photos above it is obvious to me that the N95 8GB mobile camera takes photos that are a wee bit sharper and a bit more color saturated, but that the N95 handles direct sunlight (ocean view), strong back light (Xmas tree), and night colors (sphere lights) much better. Some photographers may prefer the more pastel effect of the N95, whereas others would prefer the deeper color saturation of the N95 8GB.
It is up to you to determine what you prefer and which device you would rather shoot photos with. As I look at both sets of photos, I am divided as to which camera I prefer, as it would depend on the situation. But as I detailed out in yesterday’s review of the N95 versus the N95 8GB, the 8GB device is a wee bit too big for my hands and caused a bit of cramping. Thus, color saturation or not, I will stay with my N95 and pull out the 7610 when I want a bit of good distortion.
* In Jay’s N95 v. N82 camera comparison, while the N82 may have a faster shutter speed and be able to “stop” the fan in its place, the N95 actually took the more visually pleasing photo.

The Nokia N95 vs. the N95 8GB, Part I

The Nokia N95 vs. the N95 8GB, Part I
Photo of the Nokia N95 8GB and the N95 taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 7610.

While the original Nokia N95 (aka “The Classic” or the N95-1) was released to European and Asian distribution in March of this year, I did not order mine until July of this year due to my Nokia N80’s meltdown. I have truly enjoyed and loved my N95, it is a great machine – the 5 megapixel camera, GPS, internet, and all. I have a 2 GB microSD chip in the add-on memory slot and have not filled it up as I download my photos and videos every day or two to my laptop.
When WOM World’s Donna offered to send me the Nokia N95 8GB (aka the N95-2) for a two week trial, I took her up on the offer. I had read many reviews comparing the two devices (pretty darned similar but a few tweaks – bigger screen and more memory on the #2) and wanted to try out both devices at the same time.
Two days after I returned from England, when SoCal was getting a much needed rain storm, the DHL fellow dropped of the package in front of my door step and did not knock to see if I was in. Luckily I heard him and rescued the box containing WOM World’s £500 phone before it was soaked through! I quickly evacuated the N95 8GB box from the soggy shipping box and there it was! with a Mobile Video Hat (?!?!?)*.
Over the course of the last two weeks, until shipping the N95 8GB back to the UK yesterday, I have had the opportunity to use both devices at the same time and give them a good comparison. The short version of my review is this, I wouldn’t trade in my Nokia N95 v. 1.0 for the 8GB model, as there are not enough new features to entice me and the 8GB N95 is a wee bit too big to fit comfortably in my hand.… –>