How many cameras are on your iPhone? For most iPhone users, the number is two. For iPhone X, iPhone XS, and XS Max users, the number is three. Is that enough?
How many cameras should a smartphone have? Three? Four? How about, uh, oh, I don’t know– six? Anton Shilov explains:
The key feature of the Nokia 9 PureView is its six-module camera (five lens + Time-of-Flight) co-designed with Zeiss and Light that promises to deliver quality of photos never-before-seen on smartphones.
Why isn’t there a comparison of photos from iPhone XS or Google Pixel XL or the new Samsung Galaxy-whatever models?
Because size matters. Or, rather, the number of cameras must mean the photos are better than the front two cameras in an iPhone, right?
When it comes to smartphones, the Nokia brand is renowned for two key qualities: high-clarity displays, and advanced imaging capabilities. Being the 2019 flagship offering from HMD, the Nokia 9 PureView features both.
I didn’t know that.
The Nokia 9 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU to process the image.
Combining data from five 12 MP sensors, according to the company, enable the Nokia 9 PureView to capture a gargantuan amount of color and light details. Obviously, using the data available, the phone itself can apply various effects to photos on-the-fly using the Pro Camera UI, including the popular depth-of-field (bokeh effect), various kinds of blur, tilt, shift, etc.
That’s the equivalent of five iPhone XR cameras.
The handset is equipped with a custom 5.99-inch pOLED display that covers almost the entire surface of the phone’s front side, but still has a small notch.
Actually, the PPI is higher than iPhone XS or XS Max, but the phone itself is not edge-to-edge; there’s still a hefty forehead and chin. What’s missing is a comparison of photos from other smartphones which have fewer cameras.
What is interesting is how Nokia– or, rather HMD Global, the Chinese company that bought the Nokia brand a few years ago– is able to cram so much cutting edge technology into a $699 package.