N8 vs iPhone 4 camera test shows Apple can’t stop telling us how we should see the world

I have a couple Apple products (MacBook Pro & iPod touch) and for the most part I do enjoy using them. I am however, extremely tired of Steve Jobs’ arrogance during press conferences and announcements and can’t stand how the RDF (reality distortion field) around him explodes in the media and blogosphere. Apple seems to like to tell you how it should be done and then slowly adds features on their own time as you can readily see on the evolution of the iPhone. This same attitude of telling us how the world should be versus Nokia’s attitude of trying to give you products to help you see the world as it is can be seen even in the latest smartphones from both companies. Engadget posted a camera comparison between the Nokia N8 and iPhone 4 and it is quite clear that the N8 produces photos that are much more “real” while the iPhone 4 shows you a world as Apple thinks it should be with filled in colors and way too much yellow tinting going on.

CNET also conducted a comparison of the N8, iPhone 4, and a dedicated digital camera and their conclusion, along with their photo proof, shows the N8 is close to a dedicated digital camera and better than the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, the reviewer on CNET doesn’t seem to know much about using Symbian devices and has trouble using the OS.

I don’t have an iPhone 4 to create this same comparison, but I do have an HTC EVO 4G with 8 megapixel camera that I can use for comparison purposes. Then again, we already know that isn’t even a contest so I think I will just post N8 photos and let them stand on their own.

After looking closely through the Engadget comparison, do you agree that the N8 photos are better?


20 Comments to N8 vs iPhone 4 camera test shows Apple can’t stop telling us how we should see the world

October 1, 2010

You can’t compare because you don’t have? Get, then compare, and then form an unNokiabiased opinion.

Matthew Miller
October 1, 2010

You can compare, that is the intent of the Engadget article. I can’t compare for myself and I will not purchase an iPhone 4 and AT&T service just to compare the cameras when it is already clear the N8 beats the iPhone 4.

October 1, 2010


The pictures taken by iPhone 4 are way too noisy and have too much tinting. I have access to iPhone 4 and regularly carry a BlackBerry and a Nokia with me. I can say from experience that my 2 year old Nokia still takes the best pictures. Since N8 probably beats my old Nokia easily in that department, you know what I’m implying here.

Henry Yao
October 1, 2010

Try to take a variety of different types of pictures such as sunny day, cloudy day, night shot with flash, night shot without flash by using long exposure, close in macro of a flower/item, room shot under incandesent, shot under, florrecent light. If you can do that, then you will do Nokia a big favor. Based on what I read on Nokia conversation, this is one of the strong point. If you really want to do more, there are other test such as purple fringing (shoot photo by looking up in a tree branch and leaves under bright condition.) It tests the quality of lenses. There are countless other.

Jose Medina
October 1, 2010

Unfortunately Apple has done it again! Any one that doesn’t know about cameras would want the iphone4 high bright colored pictures compare to the ones in another camera. The average joe want high colored photos!

Tamas Csomo
October 1, 2010

I agree with Jose 100%. If anybody looks at the iPhone4 pictures they see what they wanna see: bright colors, sharp edges. It’s like having a built in Photoshop during shooting. The same on the HD videos as well.

Matthew Miller
October 1, 2010

I am not liking the ones I see from the iPhone 4. In particular the red rose one with very poor definition and the underground one with poor colors. While bright colors may be nice at times, I want photos that show me what was actually there and also ones with more depth and definition so I can zoom in and crop as desired.

October 1, 2010

Who gives a stuff either way, both good cameras, N8’s at 12mp should be better.
Nokia cameras are not always better though, let us not forget the green tinted pictures the E71 produced, and purple tinted pictures that the N80 produced. Just be happy with what ever phone you have and stop this incessant fanboy bickering.

October 1, 2010

The N8 clearly takes better photos and videos than Iphone 4.The bulge on the N8’s back is there for a reason.And I like it sticking out like that.It shows it’s powerful just by looking at it.On the other hand the Iphone takes great pics and vids too and it’s amazing how they managed to get such good results considering how thin its body is.Regarding the comparison between the 2 phones I personally like the natural look on N8’s pics much more than the artificial digital look of Iphone’s.That’s valid for the videos too.I want my memories to be of the real thing not have colors popping out to make it look like a cartoon.That’s my 2 cents.

October 1, 2010

Matt, have you downloaded the zip file with the real size images?

October 2, 2010

no nokia phones beat apple i phone4 …….ya comparing only abt camera in phones is nt will even we have to see the perfomarnce also …still nokia had much apps but i phone has up to 3lakh apps …whn we see thre speed nokia never comes as apple ..nt even as andriod.n8 has only advantage of camera nt more thn that but apple i phone 4wins in every thing……@@@@@$$%%%%%%%<I phone is Iphone but nokia is not i phone ….nokia is nokia only …

Ricky Cadden
October 2, 2010

I saw the same comparison and felt similar. The iPhone photos look better at first, but shuffling through the whole gallery, it’s quickly obvious that they’re very ‘processed’. However, the N8 was slightly worrisome, too, as it seemed to have somewhat of a white/grey haze over alot of the outdoor shots.

October 2, 2010

More annoying than Steve’s Distortion Field are reporters who bring up an issue, rant about it, then ultimately reveal that they have no way of checking their facts. Do everyone a favor and don’t write an Article until you have something substantial to say.

October 3, 2010

Here is the truth how engadet made the camera fix
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and a videoreplay to Gizmondo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bJ018LZjLc

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Mikko Morko
October 4, 2010

Something interesting to read about the Engadget camera comparison:



Food for thought.

October 22, 2010

October 1, 2010

You can’t compare because you don’t have? Get, then compare, and then form an unNokiabiased opinion.

I compare based on the technical specifications. Based on that, N8 with an 8 mega pixel camera and the Largest SENSOR ever found in any Phone, clearly wins the camera area.

Engadget did a comparison of photos taken with iPhone4 and Nokia N8.

How the fuck did they get their hands on the N8 when it is not released yet.

Okay. engadget managed to get news of the latest iPhone before it hit the market. That was because some drunk Apple employee was stupid. Are Nokia Employees stupid as that!

August 24, 2011

Which is right! It is very interesting! I have been in the research of these types of problem. I have saw many problems i wish more nice methods can be put forward.

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