The Nokia G21 is finally out. However, your fellas here at Nokiamob are yet to get our hands on it. Fortunately, the barely alive but kicking Nokia Community is still keeping the fire going by burning some of their hard-earned cash for new releases. The early availability of the device in the UK also played a big role for some Nokia fans to test the budget talk Nokia Mobile is giving nowadays.
Thanks to our good friend, Luke Staunton, we finally have some ideas about how the “50MP AI Camera” on the Nokia G21 behaves. A few days earlier, Luke has summed up his early impressions of the device. According to him, the Nokia G21 did actually have excellent battery life and good performance. He also praised the ergonomics but criticized the haptic feedback, and yes, of course, the camera performance and the scratchy camera island. Today, he tweeted another set of pictures taken using the Nokia G21.
We don’t know what sensor Nokia Mobile has purchased for the G21, however, we suspect it to be the budget Samsung JN1 with 0.64µm pixel size (or Samsung S5KJN1 as suggested by our dear friend Eero). Now, paired with the limited image signal processor (ISP) of the Unisoc T606, we didn’t really expect some mind-blowing results from it.
However, it seems like the Nokia G21 is capable of doing an okay job in some of the photos. The shots have a nice warmer white balance but uses an excessive amount of artificial sharpness which isn’t very pleasing. Colors can be quite a bit muted, but it is more preferable to the vivid color tones we see in today’s smartphone cameras.
Nokia Mobile’s HDR toggle was also able to recover details in both highlights and shadows as perfectly showcased on the photo taken inside the tunnel. Noise is also well-handled in these photos, although we still have to see the lowlight shots to be more certain.
Follow Luke on Twitter for more amazing Nokia contents (he takes great photos using Nokia 9 PureView, and more recently with the legendary Nokia Lumia 1020).