While other manufacturers may have surpassed Nokia in terms of sales, there is at least one area where the firm can proudly hold its head high and stand up against its competitors. For many years, Nokia has produced leading camera phones, doing a great deal to make them the commonplace items that they are today.
Here we take a look at some of the ways in which the Finnish firm has changed mobile photography with the devices it has released.
Released in 2002, the handset featured a camera with a 0.3 megapixel sensor that may not seem like much now but was a revolution at the time. The handset did a lot to popularise the idea of having a camera built into your mobile phone, a concept which Nokia has put a lot of focus on in the years since.
A strange hybrid between a mobile phone and a digital camcorder, the N90 took the clamshell form factor and literally put a new twist on it. Featuring an upper section that could be turned around to form a side-on display, the handset was also the first Nokia device to make use of a Carl Zeiss lens, an association that continues to this day.
The N90’s 2005 debut was followed up by the N93 which featured optical zoom, something which is a rarity even on smartphones today.
The firm’s first handset to feature a five megapixel camera, the N95 continues to be very well thought of amongst long-term smartphone users. Its chunky, slider form factor made it a compact handset that was very easy to hold and grip, especially when capturing images.
The Nokia N8 was a further landmark that really pulled the Finnish firm’s range into the smartphone age and took it to the top of the mobile photography game. Released in 2010, the handset featured an incredible 12 megapixel camera at a time when high-end devices mostly had only five or eight megapixel sensors. The N8 could hold its own against the best camera phones for several years to come.
Perhaps little more than a concept device and not something that sold widely, the 808 PureView was nevertheless a hugely important handset in that it clearly marked out Nokia’s intentions for the future. Boasting an enormous 41 megapixel camera, the device showed that the Finnish firm was pushing boundaries further than could be imagined.
The PureView ethos was later brought to the Lumia range with the Lumia 920, and Nokia has recently created a 41 megapixel Windows Phone handset in the form of the Lumia 1020, a smartphone that is capable of producing some incredible results.