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March 07, 2008

Nokia N78

Nokia N78 The Nokia N78 is a candybar phone offering a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera as well as the following features:

* integrated FM transmitter
* picture geotagging
* integrated AGPS
* Bluetooth
* WiFi

Via Engadget.

Nokia N78 Reviews

CNET Australia reviews the Nokia N78 and writes, "On the back of the Nokia N78 there's a 3.2-megapixel camera, which is apparently the resolution of choice these days. It's not the 5-megapixels of the N96 or the 6220 Classic but with Carl Zeiss optics it should be more than sufficient. Remember: it's not how many megapixels you have, it's what you do with them that counts."

MobileTechReview has a review of the Nokia N78 and writes, "Though the Nokia N73 also had a 3 megapixel autofocus camera, making the N78 look no better on paper, it does indeed take better photos. It can't compete with the N95 or Nokia N82, but the photos are sharp (a little overly so), colorful and generally accurate with just a small blue bias. Indoor shots show some noise and the LED flash helps just a bit,...The phone has a Carl Zeiss autofocus lens as do other high end NSeries imaging phones. Max photo resolution is 2048x1536 pixels, and max video resolution is VGA at 15fps with stereo audio. Maximum video clip length is 60 minutes in MP4 format (the camcorder also supports 3GP for MMS). VGA is nice, but 15 fps means the video isn't as smooth or realistic as the N95's. Focus is quite quick as is image save even at maximum resolution-- this isn't a repeat of the initial N95 release with slow camera issues. The camera application does occasionally become unresponsive for a second or two at random times, especially noticeable when trying to activate a menu. Again, we can see a firmware update in the future that will take care of this."

All About Symbian reviews the Nokia N78 and writes, "The top of the device houses the 3.5mm audio jack and power button. The right hand side has, from top to bottom a speaker, volume controls and the camera capture key. The volume controls double as the zoom keys in the Camera and Photos applications. One absence compared to earlier devices, such as the N73, is the Gallery key - this is because it has effectively been replaced by the multimedia key, although because of its versatility, an extra few key presses are required to access recently captured photos...The back of the device houses the 3.2 megapixel, auto-focus camera, with its Carl Zeiss optics. It’s accompanied by a single LED flash. This limits the camera’s abilities in low light conditions, but makes sense given the pricing and positioning of the N78."

InfoSync reviews the Nokia N78 and writes, "The Carl Zeiss optics on the Nokia N78 set it apart from most phone manufacturers, for whom the lens is an afterthought. Unfortunately, even with the impressive optics, the 3.2-megapixel sensor and the auto focus, the N78 produced images that were sub-par. Compared to other phones we've seen, these looked great, but compared to even the lowliest point-and-shoot camera, we found the images disappointing. Videos were even worse, even though the phone can record VGA-resolution videos. Under the best conditions, pictures were okay, and we liked the wealth of options for sending and uploading photos. We even found the scroll wheel to be useful in browsing our image gallery. We just didn't find any picture worth saving."

CNET reviews the Nokia N78 and writes, "Picture quality was actually disappointing, as colors looked washed out, and there was a hazy effect to the images. It definitely wasn't what we expected from a 3.2 megapixel camera, let alone an N series device. Recorded video looked decent. Again, colors weren't very bright but the picture was pretty clear and there wasn't as much pixilation as we've experienced with some other camera phones."

CrunchGear reviews the Nokia N78 and writes, "The 3.5-megapixel camera is excellent and the version of Symbian running on this phone is much improved over even last year’s version. Everything was very peppy and browsing was a pleasure. It has GPS and Wi-Fi built-in and along with video and music playback."

CNET UK reviews the Nokia N78 and writes, "We're disappointed with the 3.2-megapixel camera on the N78. It can't compete with the camera on the N82, as the picture quality isn't very clear. There's no xenon flash either and without a camera cover, you have to wonder why Nokia has bothered."

Trusted Reviews has a review of the Nokia N78 and writes, "There is a front-facing camera for two-way video calling, as well as the main camera. Yes, the latter can geotag your photos, but as mentioned earlier it offers 3.2-megapixel capture. With 5-megapixels becoming the norm on higher end phones, it might appear that Nokia has sold itself short here...However, the Carl Zeiss optics with auto focus, macro mode and LED (not xenon) flash all help matters along nicely, plus we should not forget that cramming more megapixels onto a tiny sensor can actually be detrimental to picture quality in terms of elevated noise (a 3.2-megapixel sensor has the potential to offer cleaner images than a 5-megapixel one of the same size). Anyway, with all the settings on auto mode and the flash turned off my tests shots were encouraging."

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Posted by BJ at March 7, 2008 09:10 AM