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Nokia 8: Here's how the 'bothie' dual-camera setup works

Will the Nokia 8 set a new #Bothie trend?


Joining the list of smartphones with dual-camera setups, the Nokia 8 made its debut in the international market today. Priced at €599 (approximately Rs 45,000), it is HMD Global‘s fourth Nokia-branded smartphone after the more affordable Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 smartphones. What sets the Nokia 8 apart from its contemporaries is that it features a dual camera module that supports a dual sight mode, which makes real-time video streaming from both the cameras possible. Here’s how the dual-camera on the Nokia 8 works.

What is the dual-camera deal?

A dual-camera module on a smartphone intends to deliver DSLR-like effects to images, making them richer in color, or achieve Bokeh. While the concept is not new, the trend peaked with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus thanks to its Portrait Mode. The trend has continued through the OnePlus 5 and more recently, the Honor 8 Pro. RELATED: Nokia 8 vs OnePlus 5 vs Honor 8 Pro: Price, specifications and features compared 

Coming to the Nokia 8; it features a dual-camera module at the back which comprises of a pair of 13-megapixel Carl ZEISS sensors. One of the sensors is a primary RGB color sensor, while the other is a monochrome sensor. Similar to the Huawei P9, these two sensors work together to capture the same subject in color and monochrome, and then stitch it together to achieve a richer final image. The color sensor comes with optical image stabilization, PDAF and aperture f/2.0.


The unusual moniker refers to the ability with which you can leverage the front and back camera on the Nokia 8 for live streaming. On the front of the smartphone is a 13-megapixel camera for selfies and video-calling. For Bothie, the Dual Sight mode comes into play. It essentially allows you to stream from both the front and rear cameras at the same time. So for example, if you are doing a Facebook or YouTube live from an event, the feature will split the screen into two so that you can interact with your audience, while also allowing them to witness your surroundings simultaneously. ALSO READ: Nokia 8 hands-on and first impressions roundup: Here’s what previews say of the device

To stream a Bothie, you don’t need to use any additional app as the feature is built-in the main camera app itself. You simply need to tap on the Dual Sight mode next to the hamburger menu on the top. There is an option to stream to Facebook or YouTube right from the native app. So, you can switch to the mode and start streaming instantly. However, as early reviewers point out, you won’t be able to use the Dual Sight mode if you shoot the live video from the main Facebook or YouTube app.

HMD Global says the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC allows the smartphone to carry out the feature without compromising on the battery life. Additionally, the wide cooling pipe structure allows heat dissipation, thereby keeping the device cool.

  • Published Date: August 17, 2017 11:35 AM IST

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