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Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus: Early camera samples from MWC 2018

We went hands-on with the new Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus to test their cameras at MWC 2018, and here are our first impressions.

nokia 8 sirocco vs nokia 7 plus

MWC 2018 is over, and in the coming months, we will see the smartphones launching in various markets. Earlier this week, we brought you the first impressions of the new Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus smartphones. With the dual cameras being one of the highlights of both smartphones, we thought of putting them to the test, and here are some sample photos we took on both smartphones.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

We’ll start with the Nokia 8 Sirocco, which is the company’s flagship smartphone. It comes with a bold new design, more RAM and storage, dual cameras at the back and top of the line hardware. One of the key changes compared to the Nokia 8 comes in the form of the dual camera setup at the back.

While the Nokia 8 featured twin 13-megapixel sensors (monochrome and RGB) of aperture f/2.0, the new Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a 12-megapixel standard sensor of aperture f/1.7 with optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 12-megapixel sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.6 aperture. The telephoto lens brings 2X lossless optical zoom feature, along with the ability to add DSLR-like bokeh effects to your photos.

We clicked a few shots from the smartphone in outdoor conditions, where the weather was cloudy, windy and it was mildly snowing too. Below are two photos one is a standard shot, and other is the one with 2X optical lossless zoom.

As you can see, the above photo is taken using the standard lens everything from the colors to contrast look natural and details look good to, thanks to the adequate sharpness. Now, the next photo below is shot with 2X optical zoom.

If you notice, the photo is slightly brighter, mostly due to auto-white balance and details are good too. And despite 2X zoom, the details are clearly visible, even after zooming in.

Up next is the portrait mode. Below are two photos shot with and without portrait mode. And as you can see, the camera module has been able to capture a good photo with enough light, details and color accuracy is fairly good.

Even the portrait mode, the photo looks good with adequate amount of background blur. The only thing I noticed is the colors got slightly softer, but overall photo has turned out to be good.

Up front, you get a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. It has an f/2.0 aperture lens and can record 1080p videos as well. I clicked a couple of selfies, and as you can see below, the camera was able to capture a good photo, but it looks slightly over exposed. Details are decent, but the colors are slightly dull.

Nokia 7 Plus

Now, moving on to the affordable offering from HMD Global, the Nokia 7 Plus. It features the same camera configuration as the Nokia 8 Sirocco, with the only difference being that the primary lens does not come with optical image stabilization. But you do get ZEISS optics, which is a good thing.

Starting with the rear camera sample, the photo quality and color accuracy is pretty good, and I have nothing much to complain about.

Next is the 2X lossless zoom of the same photo, and the details are clearly visible too. You can even read what is written on the car’s door. And if you look closer at the windows, the reflection and mild snow is visible too.

Now, the rear camera also features a portrait mode, and below are two pictures – one with and out without portrait mode. As you can see, the standard photo looks a little over exposed and the colors are a bit washed out too. However, in the portrait mode, the photo looks slightly better with softer colors. The background blur works pretty well too.

Up front, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a 16-megapixel sensor of aperture f/2.0 and Carl ZEISS optics. Unlike the Nokia 8 Sirocco, the front camera supports portrait mode too. I clicked a few samples and as you can see below, the camera module was able to capture a fairly good selfie with close to accurate skin tones and colors.

Even the portrait mode works well, and it is able to do a good job around the edges too. The background is adequately blurred, keeping the subject in focus. See the front camera sample in portrait mode below.

Overall, the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 Plus look far better than the predecessors, and I hope Nokia will make more refinements to the software and improve camera algorithms before the final release. HMD Global has a good design and hardware onboard for both the smartphones, and after using them for a bit, I feel these could be the smartphones that consumers have been waiting for.

Disclaimer: The devices we took the photos from were early demo units to showcase at MWC 2018, and do not come with final software. Nokia says, the photo quality may not be up to the mark, and more improvements can be expected when the smartphones are officially shipped.

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  • Published Date: March 2, 2018 3:43 PM IST