Nokia E70 review: Folding typewriter

GSMArena team, 10 July 2006.
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Camera not as good as expected

Looking at the camera lens and specifications we expected very similar performance to the one of the very good camera of Nokia N71 for example. It turned out that Nokia E70 produces very soft images and resolves significantly less detail than most 2 megapixel camera phones. The colors are fine, the processing is good (there are no unwanted artifacts) and the noise levels are low, but the amount of captured detail is too low for the 2MP label.

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Camera lenses: Nokia E70 Nokia N71

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The camera in Nokia E70 is also stripped of features - it doesn't have even the basic and most useful adjustment - the exposure compensation. We can only set the resolution, compression, color tone, white balance and night mode.

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Nokia E70 samples in full resolution

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Nokia E70 photos downsampled to 1024 x 768 pixels

Very nice videos

In the video department, however, the things are completely different - Nokia E70 captures very good videos with CIF resolution (352 x 288 pixels). The quality of the video of E70 is the same as N71 or N80 for example, but what made us a very good impression was the smooth digital zoom. In contrast to shooting stills, when capturing videos the digital zoom is a very useful feature and when it's nicely implemented as in Nokia E70 it adds to the fun. Take a look at the samples and you will see what we mean.

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Nokia E70 video samples

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Nokia N80 video samples for comparison

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