The N82 is Nokia‘s ultimate gadget for photography. It’s Carl Zeiss 5MP Tesar lens captures every detail in a click. No other phone that I have tried can compare to the N82′s brilliance in capturing your subject’s details, whether it’s for macro, portrait and other types of shooting modes.
Another notable feature of N82 is it’s geo-tagging capability. It can utilize your phone’s built-in GPS to embed in the photo the exact location where the photo was taken. I have tried using it with Google Earth and Picasa and it’s perfect. Picasa loads the photo’s geotags into Google Earth and lets Google Earth show where on the
map the photo was taken. This feature is quite helpful on outdoor activities such as trekking, road trips, etc.
The N82 has seven preset and one user-defined scene modes built in its camera application. The Auto, which is one of my favorite, is ideal for most photography conditions is it automatically detects and adjusts the camera settings depending on the subject’s conditions (lighting, exposure, etc.). The other modes available are the Close-up mode for macro photography, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night, and Night Portrait.
Though N82′s hardware is almost perfect for a camera phone, Nokia seems to have made some mistakes on the design of the camera’s software. Every time the camera application is closed, the phone does not remember the last setting you have used. It’s quite annoying, especially when you are in a hurry, to set-up your camera each time you close its cover or the application itself.
The N82 is not also good for stalking and taking stolen shots since Nokia did not provide any option of muting or removing the camera’s shutter sound.
All in all, the Nokia N82 is a very good camera phone. I have used it several times for taking photos during events and for hobby photography. So far, aside from the software problem I mentioned above, I have not found any reason why I should not love the N82′s camera feature. It’s more of a camera than of a cellphone and I will be using it to supplement my photography needs.
The photo below was taken from our landlady’s garden. Look at how the N82 creates a depth of field to make the flower float from the other elements in the picture. The lens’ was focused entirely on my composition’s subject, which is the flower.