Nokia 8 Fails to Impress in DxOMark Camera Rankings

Nokia 8 daylight shot

Making things worse is the fact that the Nokia joined hands with Carl Zeiss for the 13MP dual cameras on its flagship handset, a highly regarded partnership in the olden days.

HMD Global had a slew of Nokia-branded smartphones a year ago that ranged from budget to flagship.

The Zeiss branded dual camera setup that resides on the backside of the Nokia 8 includes an f/2.0 aperture 13-megapixel RGB sensor and an f/2.0 aperture 13-megapixel monochrome sensor.

Unlike the iPhone X that achieved an overall score of 97 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that scored 94, the Nokia 8 has received a significantly low rating in DxOMark review, with a total score of 68. Nokia 8 has managed to score low and is even ranked below the likes of Lava Z25, Redmi Note 3 and even iPhone 6.

The testing has revealed that the Nokia 8 produces images with good exposure, with usually accurate white balance - though sometimes there isn't enough saturation and you might notice some color shading. Dynamic range is fine only when the Auto HDR mode is working. The Nokia 8 lags in these departments when compared to other flagship smartphones. It is equipped with features like dual-LED flash, PDAF, laser autofocus, 4K video shooting at 30 fps and optical image stabilization.

"The Nokia suffers from a very noticeable loss of sharpness in the field, with strong softness often visible towards the edges of the frame", notes DXOMark in its report.

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As for video, DxOMark reports that there was good color rendering in bright light and indoor environments and precise target exposure under the same conditions.

When the Nokia 8 was introduced, many had expected it to be a serious photography contender.

"The performance of its camera module lags behind our (admittedly high) expectations". There are some artifacts visible, but the mode delivers pleasant bokeh results.

Videos don't come out looking too great either, with poor autofocus skills in low light, hardly any detailing, limited dynamic range, and lots of residual motion and deformations on handheld videos.

When it comes to videos, DxOMark's benchmark essentially found two key areas of concern - low autofocus and stabalisation - which made them give a sub-score of 62. Similarly, the DxOMark team has observed that exposure stepping on the smartphone is noticeable when the illumination changes during recording, accompanies low levels of details.

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