The first part of my Nokia E6 review is halfway done and discusses my thoughts on the hardware. Since I’m taking awhile to completely lay out that article, I’d like to kick things off with some photos I took with the Nokia E6 so you can get a sense of the camera quality.
Before I judge photos taken by a phone I also ask myself this question: Who is this phone meant for? Most smartphones being released nowadays are aimed at the mass market. Sure they appeal more towards geeks and mobile fanatics, but the main goal of the manufacturer is to get the “average joe” to buy the phone. The iPhone did a great job of appealing to the masses and now we’re seeing Android devices in the hands of people who wouldn’t have touched a smartphone 3 years ago. These phones HAVE to take decent pictures. Sadly, many of them will let you down.
Then you have the business phone. A physical keyboard is standard in a typical business phone. Any Blackberry smartphone is the perfect example of what business users are looking for. The Nokia E6 is fits this category and being an Eseries device makes it perfect for a businessman or woman. But in this modern day you still need it to take some kickass photos. Anything blurry, grainy, and washed out is unacceptable for a Facebook news feed or Twitter timeline. Take a look at these photos I took with the Nokia E6 over the past week and let me know if you think they’re acceptable for a business phone.
Nokia E6 photo samples
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I tried my best to get a few different lighting situations. I’m impressed by the low-light shot of my sister and I. The shot of the coffee shop at twilight came out better than expected. On the negative side, you can really see flaws when you click the images and view them full size. Photos taken with the E6 are meant to be posted on the web – not something you’ll blow up and print full size.
The Nokia E6 has EDoF technology. Mobile Fanatics writer Alvin wrote about the benefits and negatives of EDoF awhile back ago. It’s mostly assumed that EDoF is a bad thing and I’ve done my fair share of bashing Nokia’s decision to go with this technology. The biggest drawback is a lack of autofocus. Taking macro shots and closeup images of a document is not possible unless you use a certain technique. This technique involves pulling back a bit then cropping the photo after. I’ve been meaning to write a tutorial on this – I promise it will come soon. The main benefit of an camera module using EDoF is size. The Nokia E72 had an autofocus camera and a large bump on the back. I didn’t like the bump and I hardly ever take pictures of documents. Other people would gladly sacrifice size for that feature. It all depends on the user.
I’d also like to mention that photos taken with the E6 camera differ than those taken with the Nokia E7 and C7. I’ve used both of those cameras and took a lot of photos. For some reason I feel the E6 takes better photos, especially in low-light conditions. I don’t know if the software is better optimized or what the case can be, I’m just basing it on what my eye sees.
Nokia E6 camera specs
8 megapixel camera
Full FocusZoom up to 2x (digital) for still images
Secondary camera for video calls (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
Still images file format: JPEG/EXIF
Automatic location tagging (Geotagging) of images and videos
Images automatically taken in the correct orientation
Pinch zoom in Photos image viewer
View photos by tag cloud, month, album, slide showPhoto editor
This was just part 1 of our Nokia E6 review. Stay tuned for the next chapter about Nokia E6 hardware.