We have been playing around with the Nokia XL this past week. If you have not picked the device up yourself, you would surely be interested in checking out a detailed photo gallery of the device here. The Nokia XL is the successor of the Nokia X as it packs slightly better specs and a bigger display. One of the most noticeable improvements is that the Nokia XL packs a slightly better camera than its predecessor, whose camera was pretty much a write off. While we have been certainly more impressed with the Nokia XL than Nokia X, we wanted to test how well in real life does the camera perform.
The Nokia XL comes with a 5 MP camera with 1/4″ sensor size. The Camera does have an accompanying flashlight to help you shooting in low lit conditions. However, since using flash on smartphones really is a no go and to keep the competition fair to the other devices, we decided to turn the flash off. Not just this, all the pictures we shot were taken with the camera on automatic mode with us just focusing on the subject and pressing the shutter button. Lets take a look at some of the shots in detail and we will link the rest of the shots for you below for a greater perspective. You can click on any image for a full res picture.
Shot 1: Outdoor Closeup
We took this shot in a reasonably well lit Mumbai day with sun shining bright enough. And despite that, the colors came out extremely muted. We did not use any tripod to compose the shot since an average consumer would barely if ever use it either. The lack of details on the leaf are just unforgivable. And although we did not expect anything groundbreaking from the camera, we certainly thought the result would be better than what it was. The image has a red hue to it which makes the whole scene look artificial.
Scene 2: Indoor Shot Focusing on a Poster
We use our cameras to take loads of shots indoor and we wanted to see if the Nokia XL stands up to the test. The device actually performed decently well, much better than what we thought it would. There is no red hue in the image and the details are crisp and sharp. We did not expect the camera to pick the faint crack towards the left of the poster but it did. Add to it the colors are realistic if not the most vibrant in the shot.
Scene 3: A through the tree shot during day time
We took this shot pretty much immediately after the shot of the leaf so the lighting and conditions were same. Once again, there was a tinge of reddishness in the image when it actually should have been yellow due to the sunshine. The subject here was the car and the camera was able to produce the colors of that fairly well. But just look at the tree and the branches above the car. The phone seriously struggles to pick the leaves and branches and the image came out extremely undersaturated.
Scene 4- Night Shot of Flower Buds
We did not expect anything when we took the device with us for an evening stroll. We still wanted to check if something half decent can be picked up. We shot this budding flower in street light. The result while not being best was fairly accurate of the real scene. Post processing could have made this image look very pretty, but the XL was at least able to capture some information, though without too much details.
Scene 5: A Balcony Hanging
The bright pink and bright green colors of the hanging came out terribly muted. The noise in the image was way too high and the lack of any sort of stabilization in the camera meant overall the picture was a write off. The light in the background made it a challenging shot and the Nokia XL certainly did not perform well for a phone that would cost you above Rs 10,000.
The Camera on the Nokia XL is pretty bad. While you could understand that being the case for the Nokia X, we certainly had hoped the case would be better with the Nokia XL especially as Nokia in the past has done very well with the image taking capabilities of its devices. The camera really struggles in anything other than very brightly lit scenes where everything is static. There is a distinct lack of details as well as poor reproduction of colors here. While we were able to take much better shots after playing with the settings such as White balance and ISO and focus on the phone, but in the auto mode, the results were really disappointing. We are also linking in some more shots we took with the device for you to check out.