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Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Review - Part 4

25th January 2009

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 Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Camera Camera

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a 3.2 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and dual LED flash. We found the picture quality to be adequate but not particularly good. Some noise is visible in stills photographs, and video recording is a little grainy.

Unlike some other recent phones, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic does not geotag photographs with the GPS coordinates. It is possible that this might be included in a future software update.

The test photographs here were taken around Elstow Abbey, Bedfordshire in January 2009.

For this comparison, we took the 5800 and compared it with a Nokia E90 (which also has a 3.2 megapixel camera, but no Carl Zeiss lens), a Kodak DX6490 (a standalone 4 megapixel digital camera), and the Hitachi DZ-HV564E which is a 5 megapixel video camera.

In this scene, all the test pictures we made with the 5800 had a colour cast. Although this is easily removable in software, the overall colours did not seem to be as good as on the other three cameras.. although at one of the test photos on the E90 also had a colour cast.

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Nokia E90

Kodak DX6490

Hitachi DZ-HV564E

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

Nokia E90

A detailed look at the photographs shows that the 5800 is good, but the DX6490 is much sharper, even though the megapixel count isn't as high.

The Hitachi has the highest pixel count of all devices, but the photograph is poorly defined.

Lens quality counts for a lot, and the dedicated digital camera clearly has a better lens. Although the Hitachi has the highest megapixel count, it probably has the poorest quality picture.


Kodak DX6490

Hitachi DZ-HV564E

Some sample shots show the capabilities of the 5800. Click the picture for the original. The camera suffers from some visible noise in darker areas and has some difficulties keeping the edges of the picture sharp.

 Flowers outside Elstow Abbey Church
Close-up shots are sharp with good detail. Some noise is evident in darker areas.

 Inside of Elstow Abbey Church
The camera copes well with this gloomy interior shot. Again, noise is present in darker areas.

 Teddy Bear in Elstow Abbey Church
The dual LED flash illuminates quite brightly at a short distance. Not a great shot, but it was very dark.

 Digital zoom on window in Elstow Abbey Church
This window is taken at maximum digital zoom, so it looks quite blurry.

 Poor quality picture of the seal in Elstow Abbey Church
A difficult shot, but the 5800's flash is not bright enough to compensate for very bad lighting.

 Exterior of Elstow Abbey Church
 This outdoor shot is OK, but the bottom left hand corner shows poor sharpness.

 High Street, Elstow
This outdoors shot should be better, but noise is clearly present with poor sharpness on details.

 Elstow Abbey Church
The camera copes quite well despite having the sun in shot. Noise is visible in the dark areas.

Video capture is not as good as we were hoping - the following screenshot "high quality" widescreen at 640 x 352 pixels. The quality is adequate for playback on the phone itself, but overall quality is grainy. Recent Nokia handsets have done well on video recording quality, and this is still better than most rival devices.

 Nokia 5800 XpressMusic video still


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