In my video review of the Nokia 8.3, I declared that it was the most competent phone camera to come out from Nokia Mobile since the comeback in 2016. This of course, means nothing if the Nokia 8.3 isn’t competitive against some of the best players in the market, so in this video I wanted to see just how far Nokia Mobile have managed to come in terms of imaging while comparing it to a media favourite, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. You can watch the full video below:
Here are my key observations from this comparison:
The Nokia keeps up with the iPhone toe to toe in almost all situations except in extreme low light situations
For the main cameras, the iPhone still has more pleasant image processing compared to the Nokia. It captures images very similar to a DSLR but with reduced quality, while the Nokia still oversharpens the details.
The Nokia does capture better dynamic range, and balances the light levels between the background and subject better than the iPhone, especially in harsh conditions.
Both cameras go for realistic-looking images. They trade blows where in some pictures the Nokia takes the better colors, and in others the iPhone does.
The Nokia has a very thin plane of focus, similar to other very large sensors like the Samsung Galaxy Ultra. So outside of the sensor, the iPhone preserves more details.
The Nokia has a better Ultrawide camera than the iPhone. This is evident by the amount of details captured. It makes sense since the Nokia’s sensor is considerably larger.
In lowlight, I prefer the Nokia’s images compared to the iPhone even if sharpening definitely needs to be toned down. The iPhone tends to go too warm with the colors, and overblows the highlights, while the Nokia keeps the colors and tones better, and impressively preserves the details in the highlights.
In video, the iPhone is still king in terms of handling white balance, details, and keeping noise levels lower in low light. The Nokia puts up a decent fight though, and both are equally good in video stabilization. The Nokia’s far more advanced video features help balance the scales.
So, there is no clear cut winner here, and that in itself is quite positive for the Nokia 8.3. The 8.3 still needs some work to be perfect, but it holds its own against excellent competitors.
So, what do you guys think? Do you agree with my assessment? Let’s discuss 🙂