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Videos and Photos: Nokia N97 vs Nokia N82 in low light.

[Sidenote: This test was done with pre-release early edition firmware V10.0.009, and not the “final” firmware V10.0.012]

Just before we went to see “The Hangover”, we went to the pub for a quick drink. Here were three shots I took with the N97 and the N82 in your average moderate/low lighting pub.

Preferably, for a comparison, I would have actually tested it on a proper night out in a club (like the collection here with the N82)- with much less light and a little more thought into certain making the tests fair.

Nevertheless, here’s what I managed with 5 minutes to spare – some “real world” testing of the N97 and the N82 in low lighting conditions (with flash).

N97 (and dual LED Flash)

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N82 (And Xenon Flash)

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N97

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N82

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N97

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N82

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For me – I prefer what the N82 produces. Crisp, non blurry, well lit images as opposed to the N97 under low lighting appears to be taking pictures through a murky muddy bottle.

Video

Supposedly – the LED light is meant to help, but as you can see – the N82 manages fine without it (seen in first few seconds of N82 video, thereafter “assisted” by N97). But the focus is blurry, the video is grainy and overall poor. I guess if it was pitch black then the N97 may have won slightly by having the LED light to give your face a slight gray halloween tint.

Sample from a Nokia N97

Sample from a Nokia N82

I really want to get the N97, but it kills me that for something so important to me (people photos – nights out – I am a student :p) there’s a lot I’ll have to sacrifice in terms of no longer being able to carry just one device again. Unless that is, I go and wait for the Satio. Hmm. It’s early days yet. I’ve not even had the N97 for half a day.

(Note though, it’s not all bad, the N97 performs well in optimum conditions – i.e. bright sunlight – something of a rarity in Wales)


  1. June 26, 2009 at 10:07 am

    “bright sunlight – something of a rarity in Wales” – ^_^

    • Jay
      June 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      Yup. True to form it was raining and very cloudy earlier. Though there is a tad bit of sun trying to poke through.

  2. john mortimer
    June 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    i can teel you now that its only going to get better, the n95 was way crap when it came out!!!!

    • Jay
      June 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

      The more I use it, the more I customise it, the more apps I put – the more I’m feeling attached to it.

      At the moment, I’m thinking that I will buy one as soon as or during the trial period that I have the N97 from WOM.

      How are you finding yours so far?

  3. June 27, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    “(people photos – nights out)” Im in the same boat, Ive had the black n97 a week now… time for the n82 to go.

    Im sure with updates the n97 will get better for night photos.

  4. July 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Definately better colour on the N82 – perhaps the processing will be fixed in a future Nokia N97 update.

  1. June 26, 2009 at 6:34 am
  2. July 10, 2009 at 11:52 pm

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