Here’s one for the ages! Which is better — The Nokia ___ or the Nokia ___? This time we have the Nokia N9 vs. Nokia N8 camera samples. I don’t need to tell you (or show you) that the N8 takes better photos… you already know that. But many ask me “how much better?”. People want this comparison to see how much is lost if they ditch the N8 and pick up the N9. Well… I’ll tell you right now, I’ve been using the N9 for 3 weeks and I’m happy with the camera. Not 100% happy — but it does the job. While I miss the N8 camera and xenon flash, the N9 can hold its own in most situations. I’m actually surprised to find that the N9 beats out the N8 in one situation — macro shots. And when you take the phones outside in the daytime you don’t see much a difference unless you zoom or crop.
The Nokia N9 has a 9MP camera and the N8 has 12MP. Both have a Carl Zeiss lens but the N8 has better camera specs under the hood that make it the best in the world. Before I keep blabbering on I’ll just let you have a look for yourself. Enjoy!
Nokia N9 (left) vs. Nokia N8 (right) Camera Samples
Images were cropped and combined to fit on page and bring things closer. Click the pair to see in your browser’s full-size. Original images can be downloaded at the end of the article.
What can we conclude? Here are my thoughts:
- Daytime photos from N9 are “good enough”.
- Macro shots from N9 are great.
- Low-light photos from N9 looks worse than N8 (xenon vs. LED)
- Medium-light photos from N9 are just fine.
If you are a hardcore N8 user you might be let down but overall I think the N9 held its own. The N9 is not sold as a camera-focused phone like the N8. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this comparison!
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Be sure to check out our Nokia N9 vs. Samsung Galaxy S2 camera samples.
Shop: The Nokia N9 and N8 are both available at Amazon.com.