Nokia N90 camera review: Exceeding the expectations

David Polesný, 03 August 2005. Read the original review at MobilMania.cz
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All sample photos are presented in a full resolution of 1600 × 1200 pixels; the files sizes are about 300-500 KB. EXIF information is also available. For those, who do not want to download such big data packs, I have prepared a smaller format in a resolution of 800 × 600 pixels too. They are easy to recognize for their previews on the page are also smaller. What you need to do is decide, whether you like to view the full resolution picture or rather the reduced one and then click on the bigger or the smaller picture on the page.

To have you appreciate the camera of Nokia N90, I added comparable pictures, taken with Canon G6 (of course in 2MP resolution captured by the camera's 7 MP sensor), to some of the pictures taken with N90. I took the same photos both with Canon G6 and Nokia N90. I used the auto exposure as a working mode for Canon G6.

City tour

One can hardly rebuke something in the following photos. One of the weak places of Nokia N90 is the red color, as best shown by the comparison between the picture of the red car taken with N90 and the same picture taken with Canon. You can also notice the limited dynamic range (overexposed clouds) of Nokia N90, because of the much smaller sensor.

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A walk in the park

Note the visible barrel distortion in the picture of the information board. Anyway, you can see a similar result from the wide end of almost every digital camera.

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The purple fringing (or chromatic aberrations) in the following pictures, where the trees meet the sky, is significant. In fact, in this high contrast scene neither N90, nor Canon managed to successfully set the right exposure degree. For this reason we used a negative exposure compensation.

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The following photos present well the different ways, in which the two cameras see various colors. Canon's pictures reflect reality more precisely. Nokia, however, did not do badly at all, either.

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