Samsung i8910 vs Nokia n86

Samsung i8910 vs Nokia n86

The Samsung i8910 is one of Samsung’s best imaging phones on the market. The Nokia n86 is one of the best camera phones on the market period, famously used on Steven Litchfield’s Phones Show. So, how do they compare? Which is better? I just got a hold of a new Nokia n86 and I decided to compare it to my i8910. I’ve also uploaded the raw images I used in the video comparison for you to check out. In the video I also demonstrate the camera bug that enables torch functionality on the i8910 (thanks to everyone who submitted this).

Here are some thorough instructions submitted by Hassan Farran on how to get the torch going:

When you go to camera interface, half press on the shutter key (when taking a pic) when you half press, the flash will go on right? So as soon as the flash goes on you have to press on the settings key on the bottom left. Of course its gonna be a bit hard coz when the flash turns on the settings key is gonna disappear, but try your best to hit it before it goes away. When you do that the phone will be on stand mode, and your flash will be on for about 4-5min. 🙂 You can turn it on by just getting out of the camera, oh and also when you do that the camera will be working too.

The demo for that starts around 8 minutes into the video. You can watch the video after the break.

The photos used in the video are below you can click on the photos for a closer look:

Nokia n86 and Samsung i8910 Photos:

n96 photo 1

n86 photo 1

i8910 photo 1

i8910 photo 1

n86 photo 2

n86 photo 2

i8910 photo 2

i8910 photo 2

n86 photo 3

n86 photo 3

i8910 photo 3

i8910 photo 3

n86 photo 4

n86 photo 4(with flash)

i8910 photo 4

i8910 photo 4(with flash)












Comparing the two camera phones, it is apparent that the n86 is better. It produces generally better pictures(from numerous other test I performed) and it records video better with better sound. The images produced though can be a matter of personal preference. Colors are more vibrant on the i8910 and more “true” on the Nokia n86. The camera interface on the Samsung i8910 is also better. It’s easier to use because of the touchscreen and more appealing because of the visuals(transparency and look). The i8910 also has up to 720p video and more camera settings.
To counter that, the n86 allows for access to the front facing camera; you can record video (QVGA @15fps) and take photos with it.

These are both awesome camera phones and you can not go wrong with either. They both have advantages and disadvantages in some regards.
This is only a comparison of the cameras, as mobile phones it’s another story altogether.

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