Nokia Lumia 800 Review

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

Conclusion

Using the Nokia Lumia 800 to take photos is very much like using a modern compact camera. It produces appealing images that are perfect for sharing in a multitude of different ways, whether that's via the LCD screen, your usual social networks, email or even good old-fashioned prints. 8 megapixels is more than enough resolution for the Lumia 800's target audience, with images inevitably being downsized in some way or other to suit their final destination. Nokia have also made it surprisingly easy to take and share photos, from actually getting into the camera mode to taking a picture by simply pressing the screen and then reviewing it through onscreen swipes and sharing it via a couple of menu options. The only real fly in the photography ointment from a camera point of view is the annoying shutter-lag which makes taking pictures of moving subjects something of a hit and miss affair (often quite literally). All in all, though, devices like the Nokia Lumia 800 are definitely eating into the cheaper end of the compact camera market, something that's backed up by both sales figures and the very camera-like experience that the Lumia 800 offers.

The Nokia Lumia 800 review unit was kindly provided by Phones 4u

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3

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review, photos, test, photo, 28mm, smartphone, photography, flash, phone, iphone, nokia, 8 megapixel, mobile, lumia, nokia lumia 800, 800

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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

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5:00 pm - Wednesday, July 3, 2013