My Nokia N82 may not be the latest model there is in the market but I’m holding on to it for one very special reason: its 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens (Tessar 2.8/5.6).
Photo from LetsGoMobile.Org
There has been some debate on whether or not the Carl Zeiss lens really makes a difference. This site says it does; this site says yes, it does to some degree but the camera shouldn’t influence your choice of a phone.
Me? I let the photos do the talking for me. Just take a look at this photo of some freshly picked peppercorns that I took using Close-up Mode, flash off, and natural early morning light. (Please click on the photo below to see the full-sized image.)
The full-sized image is an SOOC (straight out of camera) pic. Absolutely no photoshopping whatsoever. Very sharp, yes? And true to life colours, too.
Remember this photo? I took this with my N82, too.
I’ve had my share of camera phones and this one’s the best I’ve ever tried so far. Assuming there’s sufficient light, of course. As I always say, it is light that makes or breaks a photograph and camera phones need all the light they can get.
Of course, it helps a lot that it’s a 5-megapixel camera, which makes the iPhone 3GS’s 3-megapixel camera seem paltry in comparison.
Thus said, I’m definitely holding on to my Nokia N82 for a long time to come. Or at least until the next phone camera with a higher resolution AND a Carl Zeiss lens comes along! Because there are some places where I just can’t bring along my ginormous DSLR, such as inside a plane’s lavatory ;)