Nokia 8 is the first Android flagship phone from HMD Global that had debuted in August 2017. It is also the first Nokia Android phone to come with dual rear cameras. Even though the smartphone is packed with impressive internals like QHD display and Snapdragon 835 chipset, it has been criticized for its uninteresting design. The DxOMark benchmarks of the dual rear cameras reveals that the Nokia 8 is a disappointing phone when it comes to photography.
The Zeiss branded dual camera setup that resides on the backside of the Nokia 8 includes an f/2.0 aperture 13-megapixel RGB sensor and an f/2.0 aperture 13-megapixel monochrome sensor. It is equipped with features like dual-LED flash, PDAF, laser autofocus, 4K video shooting at 30 fps and optical image stabilization.
In the photography department, the Nokia 8 has scored 72 as it manages to shoot nice images with good exposure and accurate white balance in some conditions. Dynamic range is fine only when the Auto HDR mode is working. Images shot with Nokia 8 contain some levels of saturation and color shading.
The smartphone was also found to perform inconsistently in rendering colors in dim light conditions. There is visible noise even when there is bright light at the scene. It captures less details while shooting photos in indoor or dim-light conditions. The autofocus system that includes contrast detection, phase detection and laser manages to work accurately in most situations, but works poorly in low-light conditions. The digital zoom functions well until 2x zoom after which the images appear pixelated. The Nokia 8 manages to impress in shots with bokeh effect.
In the video shooting department, it has recorded a score of 62. When it comes to video capturing at night, the Nokia 8 fails to trigger autofocus. It records videos with less details and the OIS feature fails to create stable videos. It can shoot good videos only in bright scenarios or well-lit indoor conditions.
With an overall score of 68 on DxOMark, the Nokia 8 scores lower than the older phones like the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Even phones like Meizu Pro 7 Plus and Lava Z25 have outperformed it. The Google Pixel 2 is leading the pack at DxOMark with a score of 98. It is followed by Apple iPhone X and Huawei Mate 10 Pro that are tied at second spot with a score 97.