Well, the German optical systems manufacturer is coming back to Nokia phones as they’ve just signed an exclusive partnership with HMD Global to “set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry”.
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) recently, Nokia had launched the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 as well as the nostalgic Nokia 3310. But there are new rumours that the Finnish company could likely release a flagship smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset as early as June.
The Nokia N9 is a conundrum. On one side you have this innovative three-pillar UI powered by MeeGo, but on the flip-side Nokia, specifically its CEO Stephen Elop, has pledged allegiance to Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform effectively sealing the fate of MeeGo as the platform that could’ve been.
But enough talk about what could’ve been. The N9 is here now. It’s a tangible device that will soon be released to the world. So let’s focus on the device and not what it represents, and what a delicious device it is — the 8MP camera at least.
Follow the link to see unedited pictures taken using the N9’s 8MP Carl Zeiss optics camera. While our sentiments of this confusing Nokia device remains, we can’t help but be blown away by the performance of the N9’s camera. You have to see it to believe it.
The sample pictures establish Nokia’s leadership position when it comes to engineering cameras in mobile phone that puts to shame some dedicated cameras. There’s no doubt when it comes to hardware, Nokia is just as good as the best of them. But when it comes to strategy, foresight and platform/ecosystem development Nokia (to us at least) looks to be desperately lost.
Full gallery of pictures shot using the Nokia N9 camera can be viewed here.
We had some hands-on time with the Nokia N8 earlier this month and was impressed with the improvements that Nokia has introduced in the Symbian OS, the overall quality of the device and it’s imaging performance.
The 12MP camera on the Nokia N8 produces some of the best images we’ve seen captured from a mobile phone. Though we’ll need more playtime with the Nokia N8 to draw a conclusion, there’s no denying that there’s some very high-end stuff used in the Nokia N8 camera.
Chief among this is the Carl Zeiss Tessar optics that consists of five single optical elements, all of which has aspherical surfaces. To give you a picture of how complex that is in terms of lenses for mobile phones, there are typically three to four elements in a good quality lens used in a DSLR with some of the more complicated ones containing over 15 elements.
To explain more about the lens used on the Nokia N8, head boffin at Carl Zeiss, Dr. Hubert Nasse goes on video and gives you a some details the stuff that’s packed into the lens of the Nokia N8.
Head on over to after the jump to check out the video. You’ll be interested to find out that the video was shot and edited fully on a Nokia N8.