Nokia Lumia 800 Review

4.0
January 25, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Accessory Reviews |

Sample Photos

This is a selection of sample JPEG images from the Nokia Lumia 800, which were all taken using the 8 megapixel 4:3 ratio setting.

The Nokia Lumia 800 takes photos that wouldn't disgrace an entry-level compact - they're generally well-exposed with neutral rather than overly vibrant colours, and sharpness is acceptable except in the extreme corners. The combination of the fast lens and ISO range means that it's possible to hand-hold the Lumia 800 is less than perfect lighting conditions and still get a sharp, well-exposed picture without having to resort to the built-in flash.

Looking at the four ISO samples, ISO 100 is pretty clean with just a hint of noise, becoming more obvious at ISO 200, particularly in the shadow areas, but most regular users probably won't notice it. By ISO 400 there's lots of chroma noise in the shadows, and the fastest setting of ISO 800 is even worse. Commendably the Nokia Lumia 800 doesn't smear fine detail too much even at the faster ISOs, preferring to maintain detail at the expense of more obvious noise.

The biggest problem with the Nokia Lumia 800 is not the image quality per se, but the shutter lag. Focusing speed is fine at around 0.25 seconds, but there's a delay of over half a second between fully pressing the shutter button and the image being recorded. This results in some missed opportunities and makes the Lumia 800 poorly suited to fast-moving subjects.

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Sample Movie

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1280x720 at 30 frames per second. Please note that this 15 second movie is 25.9Mb in size.

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#1 Nick Solares

Nice to see a Windows Phone reviewed here, I have been a fan of the OS since launch and am looking forward to getting my hands on the Lumia 900 when it hits the States. A couple of points regarding the review:

You hinted at this but it wasn’t mentioned explicitly:Pressing and holding the camera button even when locked will open the camera app. By-passing the unlock screen mode makes accessing the camera incredibly fast.

It’s true that the Zune software is clunky (but no more so than iTunes imo) for downloading pictures from the phone directly (and to be fair you weren’t reviewing the OS as a whole) but most users of WP7 will also use the Skydrive cloud storage option. This automatically ( and instantly assuming a data connection) uploads pictures taken from the camera. They are instantly accessible from a desktop making it a much quicker option than syncing directly.

7:16 pm - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

#2 Drewman247

This is a great idea, to review the cameras on phones! I hope you keep doing them! Thanks!

4:25 am - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#3 jo

the camera is worse than the one on the nokia n9.

5:51 pm - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#4 Matty

It does not have dual xenon flash! It has dual LED flash… The camera is not worse than the one on the N9 it is exactly the same. However it is worse than the camera on the Nokia N8.

6:12 pm - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#5 Nobend

I heard it was better than the camera on the N8 by loads but worse than the N95

7:57 pm - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#6 Matty

That is completely untrue. The Lumia 800 has a 8 megapixel camera with dual led flash. The N8 has a 12 megapixel camera with xenon flash and a bigger sensor making it a lot better than the Lumia 800’s camera.

8:59 pm - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#7 Matty

That is completely untrue. The Lumia 800 has a 8 megapixel camera with dual led flash. In comparison the N8 has a 12 megapixel camera with xenon flash and a bigger sensor making it a lot better.

9:02 pm - Thursday, January 26, 2012

#8 jo

http://www.gsmarena.com

go to the n9 and look check quality of the camear

lumia 800 will show up, n9 got more realistic colors and less Jpeg noise

4:13 am - Friday, January 27, 2012

#9 joseph

gsmarena.
go to the n9 and look check quality of the camerA
lumia 800 will show up, n9 got more realistic colors and less Jpeg noise

4:15 am - Friday, January 27, 2012

#10 Matty

The camera module is still exactly the same and actually the Lumia 800 has an advantage, it has a camera button.

The differences are because of the fact that at the time the Lumia 800 was a test device that got sent to GSM Arena and not all of the settings were fully tweaked or configured.

4:14 pm - Friday, January 27, 2012

#11 JDunn

In other words, anyone buying a £100 compact will take better pictures than the Lumia - that’s hardly a great endorsement for a phone that costs £500 off-contract.

Jack off all trades I reckon…

12:39 pm - Saturday, January 28, 2012

#12 Matty

I don’t think that that is the case. The Lumia 800 takes good photos, that’s obviously why they decided to review it. Thanks to its Carl Zeiss lens and f2.2 aperture it can take great 8 megapixel shots. In fact it has one of the best cameras on a phone.

A compact camera may cost £100 but comparing that to a device that can do so much more (a smartphone) is ridiculous. The Lumia 800 can also browse the internet, check emails, update social network sites, be a satnav, be an entertainment device and all the other functions such as calculator etc. as well as being a phone! Besides off contract the Lumia is £400 not £500

11:01 pm - Saturday, January 28, 2012

#13 animation services

phone looks so…cute.how much cost for this phone in india

10:44 am - Monday, January 30, 2012

#14 Anil

Nokia Lumia 800 ... It is a really great phone at this price point. If you are social freindly and use facebook/Twitter very Much this is the Phone for You.It’s marketplace is really good has most of the popular apps and are increasing day by day.It’s camera quality is very Good.Music quality is awesome.Must buy at this price point. do u want more details of all nokia mobiles the best place for all nokia mobiles and nokia mobile price must visit nokiamobilepriceindia.in.

2:12 am - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

#15 alan

when recording video on the N8 you can zoom,but not on the Lumia;why?

12:47 pm - Monday, September 24, 2012

#16 Diana

The Nokia Lumia is a really awesome phone, but don’t take my word for it. Amazon has the best reviews from people who actually bought the phone. Here’s a list of the best reviews and discounts for the Nokia Lumia and it’s accessories: http://amzn.to/18vTebm. Done all the research for you. Hope this helps.

5:00 pm - Wednesday, July 3, 2013