The Nokia 8.3 5G is finally with us, and I have to say it was worth the wait. Not that I’m madly in love with its hardware design, but I’m surprised at how good the camera, the main sensor, is. I have to say I didn’t expect it to be ready for comparison with the best in the smartphone business, but it really is. So Stipe and I got together for a drink, put the phones we had on the table, and did a quick low-light camera test. The players are Huawei P40Pro, Nokia 8.3 5G, Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 2.4. We were sitting in a bar and had just seen an ideal night scenery, a little street light, store banners, a dark passage, a lot of objects where you can see how the cameras work.
I reduced the resolution of the photos to save server space, but I did not modify them in any way. You can view the photos in full resolution on our Flickr page.
Let’s hit it with the normal shot taken by just opening the app, maybe focusing (we might not do this with 5.3, but unfortunately we only take one photo per test) . The photos are in this order: Huawei P40Pro, Nokia 8.3 5G, Nokia 5.3, Nokia 2.4. Just some information on the main shooters of the devices used. P40 Pro has 50 MP, f / 1.9 camera, Nokia 8.3 has 64 MP, f / 1.9 shooter, Nokia 5.3 has 13 MP, f / 1.8, while Nokia 2.4 has 13 MP camera.
You can see that Huawei P40Pro clearly has the best low light algorithms, and you should consider the P40 Pro to be the best Huawei can offer right now (OK, Mate 40 is out now). The details are nice, the light level realistic, you can see the numbers and letters on a car license plate across the road, but the Nokia 8.3 5G did a great job as well. The photo taken by 8.3 looks nice on a large computer screen, has a bit of a yellowish tint, but overall it’s done well. The real difference between the P40 Pro and the 8.3 5G is noticeable when you crop the photo, which not many people will. Nokia 5.3 did a poor job, maybe because the camera lost focus or the hands were shaking, but you’ll be surprised by this phone’s night mode. The Nokia 2.4 just can’t compete with the bigger players here, but its camera does a terrific job when it comes to its price.
Then, we opted for a Night mode, and improvements are also visible there. Huawei has done even better, as we can all expect, but Nokia 8.3 is also on the right track. When you crop the image you see a lot of noise, especially at the end of the photo, but in general the night mode of the Noia 8.3 camera app works well except that it lasts for a long time. Nokia 5.3, on the other hand, did a great job for the price range. The photo is sharp, which is great for the 13 MP shooter, and its night mode improves the quality of low-light imaging on this device. Night mode on Nokia 2.4 didn’t change the light level in the photo much, but this phone is an entry-level phone so nobody expects it to create photos like 8.3.
I have to say that Nokia mobile has finally taken a huge step forward in the camera segment, but there is still a lot to be done or improved in the software part. Photos might be a little less sharp artificially resulting in less noise, but there is a pro mode that can take care of a lot of things. But regular mobile phone users just want the camera to perform well when they reach it, and Nokia 8.3 can certainly meet that need.
Just check out this photo I took as I walked out of the building. It was a point and shoot photo that you couldn’t do with a Nokia device before. The Nokia 8.3 5G could very well be the best smartphone with camera released by Nokia Mobile. I just wish I had written this article in April 2020.
What do you think of this, guys and girls?