Following on from Jay’s post on the N8 being used to shoot the cover of Pix magazine’s Dec-Jan issue, Steve Litchfield shared a video made by a normal user like us using the N8’s camera. My initial impression was wow, followed immediately by a feeling of being duped, then amazement when I realized that this might actually be real.
Watch in HD on Vimeo for best quality, you’d being doing yourself a disservice otherwise.
So here’s the Nokia N8 again taking on some professional work: Replacing a DSLR for a magazine shoot!
There’s a 9 minute video accompanying this post that shows the entire process:
- Initial worries about the N8 << but they go on to say it’s not the equipment, it’s the technique. But it still has to be good.
- How to attach a screw-less Nokia N8 to a tripod?
- Right lighting is key for ANY camera – some tips for N8 users we’ve received from the Nokia N8 Camera school
- Helps to have a really fit model. It’s hard to take a bad photo this way 😛
Result – fear over – “they look fantastic!”amazed at the details on the lashes, “It’s a cellphone!!!!”
“The camera pulled it off”…”camera?” …”the phone pulled it off!”
Camera Guru extraordinaire Jan van der Meer has another great tip for N8 users (well all camera phone users in general).
For extreme low light the Nokia N8 has a Xenon Flash. But what about video? There’s no LED light, and even if it was there they’re almost usually pants for anything other than shooting macro video (unless of course you’ve got a big sensor to assist in capturing in low light) e.g. N86
Jan’s tip for the N8 is to use Ring Light. As you can guess it’s a ring of lights. These cost a few bucks and in Jan’s own words provide “enough light to enlighten your whole house”. Well, maybe. :p.
Another great tip is how Jan attaches the light ring. With VELCRO Perhaps not something you’d leave on your N8 but if you have a film project this would be very useful. Jan says you can even attach additional lenses to the light ring too. The whole velcro thing has many possibilities of what to attach to the N8 and what the N8 could attach to, no?
Nokia’s Damien Dinning, Imaging wizard, has written a comprehensive post about Nokia’s Full Focus camera to educate and dispel about the myths and misconceptions about cameras without autofocus (as seen in slim E7 and C7 – C6-01 too though slimness debatable).
Full focus – low tech – v – simple? “it could be easily argued that Full Focus cameras are in fact more complex than autofocus cameras”
Benefits of Full Focus Camera?
- With a Nokia Full Focus camera you can simply grab moments without the fear of images or videos ever being out of focus for subjects from around 50cm through to infinity, regardless of lighting conditions or subject position in the frame etc.
- No shooting lag waiting for autofocus. Despite the Nokia N8 featuring the fastest autofocus of any mobile at just 350ms (average), it’s still a delay.
- Everything from approximately 50cm to infinity in the same picture/video appears in focus. Hence the name ‘Full Focus’ cameras. Conventional cameras have Read more…
Latest in the series – something often overlooked though being rather crucial – lighting.
- Really great tip: Set N8 Video to black and white – not for recording but optimising the light source. This is so you won’t get distracted by the colours.
- 3 point lighting – backlight, keylight and fill light. This is what makes these video blogs much more professional looking than your standard in-room lighting.
- #1 Professional Product Photo Shoot on a Budget.
- #2 Nature Photography and Macro Mode
- #3 Getting Some Inspiration
- #4, #5 and #6: Street Photography, Urban Landscapes and Video Story Telling
- #7 Action shots in your videos
Looks like ricardore uploaded some new pictures. Here’s some samples below. Some are out of focus unfortunately. The rest of the pictures are on his Nokia N8 set. Remember this is taken with a Nokia N8 prototype.
via: Taken and uploaded on flickr by ricardore
Since the 7650 I’ve been hooked on mobile phone photography. I remember at the time my Dad said, that’s just a gimmick. My mum said it wouldn’t catch on. From the 7610, to Nseries and the Carl Zeiss partnership, Nokia has been pushing imaging to not just being a camera phone but a phone equipped with a fantastic camera, which with the N8 kills the compact camera alternative. You saw this yesterday with those stunning 9MP samples.
This article on Nokia Conversations by Damien Dinning, Imaging Legend at Nokia, exudes Nokia’s passion for perfection on mobile imaging, pushing to the highest quality, NATURAL looking photos. Nokia wants the N8 to produce images that are almost as real as your eye saw them, WITHOUT those ARTIFICIAL enhancements digital cameras implement to FOOL you into thinking images are better than what the camera is capable of.
Now check out this photo below. Full 12mp, 4000×3000, ISO 100, Exposure 1/397.
This picture looks incredible. And it was taken over a month ago still with preproduction firmware/hardware!
Cropping it – look at all that detail! It’s overwhelming! And it’s from a PHONE! (note, converted, will look even better on the original!)