Nokia 9 PureView camera review: More isn’t always better - Android Authority

Nokia 9 PureView camera review: More isn’t always better  Android AuthorityThe Nokia 9 PureView sure looks impressive, and it is bound to turn many heads with its five-camera array. Is it all it is put out to be?

Nokia 9 PureView camera review: More isn’t always better - Android Authority

The Nokia 9 PureView sure , and it is bound to turn many heads with its . I received many questions about it during my photographic adventures, primarily if it is actually an amazing camera or not. I wasn’t ready to answer the question then, but now I’ve put the camera through its paces and can give you a full camera review.

Is the Nokia 9 PureView all it is made out to be? In we weren’t too impressed with the camera, but it was interesting enough to be looked at in more detail. Stick around to find out if this unique phone can actually take a shot worth the penta-camera setup, or if it is just a big waste of effort and $699.99.

Sample photos have been resized for quicker loading times, but that is the only editing these images have received. If you want to pixel peep and analyze the full resolution photos, we have put them in a Google Drive folder for you.


Nokia 9 PureView camera specs

Nokia 9 PureView rear cameras: 

  • 5 x 12MP cameras
    • 1/2.9-inch sensors
    • 1.25µm pixel size
    • f/1.82 aperture
    • 28mm lenses
    • 2 x RGB sensors
    • 3 x monochrome sensors
  • Dual-tone LED flash
  • Features & modes: Square, Panorama, Monochrome, Bokeh, Pro, Photo, Video, Time Lapse, Slow Motion Always-On HDR, Google Lens, Motion, Depth, Beauty, Single, Dual, PIP, Timer, Flash, RAW Support, Shutter Control, Grid.
  • Video: 1080p HDR, 4K HDR, FHD (18:9), 720p, 1080p, 4K. Surround, Rear, and Front sound. Live shooting to YouTube or Facebook.

Nokia 9 PureView front camera:

  • 20MP
  • Features & modes: Square, Bokeh, Pro, Photo, Video, Time Lapse, Motion, Depth, Beauty, Single, Dual, PIP, Timer, Screen Flash, RAW Support, Shutter Control, Grid.
  • Video: 1080p HDR, 4K HDR, FHD (18:9), 720p, 1080p, 4K. Surround, Rear, and Front sound. Live shooting to YouTube or Facebook.

What’s happening with all those cameras?

A lot of effort went into this camera setup. HMD worked with Qualcomm, Carl Zeiss, and Light to make it all work. As listed above, two cameras shoot color images and the other three use monochrome (black & white) sensors, which focus on contrast, depth, and exposure data. HMD says the monochrome sensors each capture 2.9 times the light of the full-color sensors and together can bring nearly 10x more exposure data to the equation. 

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