Posts Tagged: Nokia N95

The Nokia N86 Camera in Close Up Mode, An Experiment and Comparison

The Nokia N86 in close up mode, Objects at 4 in / 10 cm away The Nokia N86 in close up mode, Objects at 3 in / 7.6 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, Objects at 3 in / 7.6 cm away The Nokia N86 in close up mode, Objects at 2.5 in / 6.3 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, Objects at 2.5 in / 6.3 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, Objects at 2 in / 5 cm away The Nokia N86 in close up mode, top of Flower at 3 in / 7.6 cm away The Nokia N95 in close up mode, top of Flower at 3 in / 7.6 cm away
These photos were taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N86 and her Nokia N95.

Tues 10.13.09 – This afternoon I decided to conduct a test with the trial Nokia N86 camera phone that is about to go back to the folks at WOM World and my trusty & slightly rusty Nokia N95 camera phone. Originally, I had hoped to conduct the experiment using the Nokia N86 versus itself, by conducting the experiment with the Nokia N86 with the version 11 firmware with the upcoming version 20 firmware, which is rumored to have camera improvements, but alas and alack, the new firmware has not been released yet. Thus, the N86 v. the N95 in close up mode.
I wanted to test the close up / macro mode of the camera as I have noticed that the N86 for all of its 8 megapixel wonder and Carl Zeiss wide angle lens does not get very close or very sharp close ups. It may be in part to the wide angle lens and it may be in part due to the image processing software/algorithms. One of the problems that I have experienced is due to the wide angle lens, if I want to fill the photo with the subject I have to get closer and then the image goes out of focus or you keep the image in focus and it does not fill the frame (see the difference between the non-wide angle lens N95 hibiscus flower photo above and the N86 flower photo).

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The Nokia N95 vs. The Nokia N97

Nokia N95 - The Doctor is In Nokia N97 - The Doctor is In
Nokia N95 - Chanse's Boots Nokia N97 - Chanse's Boots
Nokia N95 - The Doctor and Cor with an E75 and an iPhone Nokia N97 - The Doctor and Corvida of SheGeeks.net with an E75 and an iPhone
Nokia N95 - Painting on the Wall of the Austin Convention Center Nokia N97 - Painting on the Wall of the Austing Convention Center
Nokia N95 - Photos for Ewan and Ricky Nokia N97 - Photos for Ewan and Ricky
Nokia N95 - Ms. Jen & Mr. Charlie Nokia N97 - Ms. Jen & Mr. Charlie

Photo Credits: All photos taken by Ms. Jen either with her Nokia N95 (v.1) or Dustin’s Nokia N97 prototype on Sun. March 15, 2009 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, during SXSW Interactive. Nokia N95 photos on the left column, Nokia N97 on the right. Click on first photo to start the lightbox slideshow.

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onBlur

For a variety of reasons, fast cars and even faster panicked dogs at the vet, the last few photos I have moblogged here have been blurry.
I am happy with them. Yes, blur is good.
When Greg took off before I could capture the photo of him & Ryan in the hot rod, I was afraid that my Nokia N95 could not and would not take the photo fast enough to capture Greg’s peeling out on to Electric avenue. But the N95 did get the photo.
Last evening, as I drove north-east to Sandra & Justin’s house in Ontario, I wanted to get a photo of the golden Brea Hills that were speckled with oak trees and shrubs. I kept pointing the N95 to shoot while I was driving at the or a bit over the freeway speed limit. Due to the fact that the sun was going down, the light was all wrong and I kept getting a bright sky with dark hills. I decided to fool the light meter in the N95 by pointing it low and then moving it to see a bit of the sky as the shutter was releasing, which caused the white out effect. I love it when I can get a Nokia camera phone to white most the landscape out but leave a few saturated objects, in this case the red car speeding by on the other side of the freeway.
This morning I took Scruffy for his yearly vet check up and shots. He gets nervous and shakes violently when he is at the Vet and the Groomers. This morning it took a while for the vet, Dr. Kali, to come into the examining room, so to distract Scruffy I tried to take photos as he attempted to jump off the exam table and into my arms.
It wasn’t that bad. Scruff survived. I love how the N95 focused on his legs & paws on the exam table but everything else is slightly blurred.
Which brings up one of the major reasons I primarily shoot photos with my camera phone: the gift of a good shot within the randomness of very little control and the constraints of capturing good photos with a mobile phone.

Belle at the Beach



Mon 03.24.08 – Photo of Belle at the San Gabriel River low tide “beach” taken with Ms. Jen’s Nokia N95.
One of the fun discrepancies of the Nokia N95 & N82 camera phones is that if you keep taking photos really fast, even in ‘Sports’ mode, and pushing the camera before it is ready to take another snap, it will white out the photo you forced it to take. I like this effect. It worked today as Belle was running up and down the low tide beach. In this case, I love all the white space, Belle’s white head, and then the strong shadow.

Belle Running



Mon 03.24.08 – Now sending a ‘small’ image from the N95’s Share Online to my blog, I wonder what size it will arrive at…
Update: The “small” setting on the Nokia Share Online 3.0 resizes the N95 photos to 640×480, which is my preferred size.
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The March Madness 2008 Moblogging Saga (i.e. Lifeblog vs. Nokia Share Online):
1. The Big Switch Over, or Back to My Nokia N95
2. 03/22/2008
3. Dear Nokia, Time for some real UX testing…
4. How to Post to a Movable Type 4 Blog from Nokia Share Online 3.0
5. Scruffy’s Clover Crown
6. Belle Running>
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Scruffy’s Clover Crown



Sun 03.23.08 – Happy Easter!
Update: Here is the “medium” size in Nokia’s Share Online 3.0 application. At 1024 x 768, it is still too big, not just for screens but also for the variety of folk who may visit one’s site from broadband that really isn’t that broad or from a mobile device or on dial up.
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The March Madness 2008 Moblogging Saga (i.e. Lifeblog vs. Nokia Share Online):
1. The Big Switch Over, or Back to My Nokia N95
2. 03/22/2008
3. Dear Nokia, Time for some real UX testing…
4. How to Post to a Movable Type 4 Blog from Nokia Share Online 3.0
5. Scruffy’s Clover Crown
6. Belle Running>
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Nokia N95 versus the N82 – Any Questions?

Irish Brothers - Nokia N95 Irish Brothers - Nokia N82
Photos of the Irish Brothers taken on Thurs., Dec. 27, 2007 at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, Calif.

The true test of any camera is shooting movement indoors at night in low light situations with no flash. The ultra true test of any camera is shooting a band at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, Calif, as there are no windows, the interior lights are low, the walls are all painted dark red, and there is no stage lighting whatsoever unless the band brings their own. Shooting live band photos at Alex’s is a huge challenge without a pro-sumer SLR camera with external clip-on flash, but extra flash is a no-no in rock photography as it distracts the band, and at many concert venues will get one kicked out of the photo pit for using a flash.
Any good music photographer worth their salt learns how to push one’s camera to shoot in any nightclub or concert venue situation without a flash early in their career. I learned how at age 15 with 400 iso film and setting my f-stops and shutter speed for low light but fast movement. With the advent of digital photography in the late 1990s, this became a challenge as most early digital cameras were point & shoot for daylight at best.
One of the fun & challenging parts of mobile photography with my various Nokia camera phones has been concert photography. To see how I can capture a photo with a camera that was never designed for low light / fast movement situations. Two of my favorite concert photos I have taken in 24 years of shooting shows were two photos I took with my Nokia 7610 – one of Social Distortion’s Mike Ness and one of Mike from the Riverboat Gamblers. The fact that the little kickin’ 7610 could get those photos… rock on! Rock on!
The big disappointment of the Nokia N80 and Nokia N95 is the delay between pressing the shutter button and … and… and… and.. and.. focusing… and… and.. and… photo taken. Many times this can take up to 15-30 seconds, esp. in low light situations. How many times did I wish it would just trust me and snap, like the 7610. Stop over thinking, just do it.
The glories of the Nokia N82 is that it just takes the photo. Rarely is there a delay while it thinks, focuses, and snaps. In most situations, even at night with the flash off, it trusts that I know what I am doing and takes the photo without fuss. Without the big delay to focus and refocus and pick its nose and refocus again, like the N80 or N95 does, the N82 about 90% of the time will take the photo that you saw through the viewfinder at the time of pressing the shutter button. Yay!
In the above two photos (double click for the larger versions) I took the one on the left with my Nokia N95 with no flash and the one on the right with the trial N82 with no flash. The Irish Brothers kindly made my job easier by bringing in their own bluish halogen lights that that cast a strong upward light. In the above photos, the N95 was able to capture the two front men clearly and the background decently. The N82 blurred the Keith & Karl a bit, but captured David the drummer and the background with great clarity and lighter than the N95 did.
I also used the flash on both camera phones, of which I am not displaying the results as it was not conclusive in this case. The N95’s flash did not add much illumination or significant difference, as the dark red walls of the room and lack of light eat up any of the N95’s flash real fast. The N82’s powerful Xenon flash was actually too bright and gave both Keith and Karl glowing red eyes, as well as added some flash light bubbles to the photo. In this case it was better without the flash for both Nokia camera phones.
Using the Nokia N82 to take photos at night and at a show was a delight. This is a big step towards camera phone I have been dreaming of, except for the fact that the N82’s pre-installed Lifeblog is not interfacing with this MT4 powered blog when there is not good reason why it shouldn’t.
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Up next in Ms. Jen’s review of the Nokia N82 – all the night and indoor photos that I have taken with the Nokia N82.