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Nokia 6.1 Smartphone Review - Performance

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Nokia 6.1 Performance

1/80 sec | f/4.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Nokia 6.1 (2018) Sample Photos

 

Nokia 6.1 (2018) Lens test images

The wide-angle, 27mm rear lens and the 16mp sensor produce sharp images that are accurate in colour and have good levels of detail into the corners of each frame. In decent light, image quality is good but as suspected, noise and shake can become an issue when light levels aren't so great so you have to really focus on staying still to ensure you get the best quality shot you can (the wall ball shot was captured several times and the final result still has a little shake in it). The lack of Optical Image Stabilisation won't help with this, either.

Exposure levels are good most of the time with issues only creeping in when there are extreme differences in shadow and light areas as the dynamic range doesn't seem to be wide enough to be able to balance all parts of the scene (having HDR mode switched on did nothing to help this, either). On occasion, particularly as the UK has been bathed in sunshine, skies were bleached-out when darker buildings, and so forth, were in the frame (you could have a well-lit, well-balanced building or a nice sky - not both). Colour saturation levels are good, though, with greens not appearing too garish and reds popping from the frame. 

As for portraits, skin colour is accurate and the selfie camera also does a cracking job at capturing true-to-life images. The face smoothing effect, which can be reduced/increased, actually produces results which are believable and much better than some other smartphones which turn people into plastic dolls. If you're a selfie fan, it's definitely something you'll make good use of. 

'Bothie' mode is built in which takes an image with both the front and rear camera at the same time. We'll be honest, it's a bit gimmicky and we're not sure when you'd actually want to use it. It works well, putting images side-by-side or putting one image inside the other, but we just don't really get the point of it.

As there's no dual lens, you have to use the 'pinch and zoom' method when you want to get closer to something without moving your feet but as with all digital zooms, it's best avoided at the longer ends as detail drops off very quickly. 

Close focus is pretty good with the camera having no trouble focusing on the Dollar note but the image of the Hello Kitty figure is a little on the dark side and a tiny bit oout of focus. 

 

Nokia 6.1 (2018) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - On our test charts, noise control is good, with low noise, and higher levels of detail at the lower ISO speeds. At ISO800 detail suffers, but noise is well controlled. At ISO1600 detail and image quality starts to suffer a little and ISO3200 is worse still. In real-life use, images taken indoors where light levels are lower do show noise which means detail is lost. 

 

Nokia 6.1 (2018) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) is good, slightly warm under tungsten light but good under fluorescent and mixed light. The tungsten and fluorescent presets are best avoided, as these give a strong colour cast. 

 

 

Nokia 6.1 (2018) Digital filters

Digital Filters - There aren't any digital filters built into the camera app but you can use Google Photos to apply digital filters or apps such as Snapseed. Here are examples of the filters built into the Google Photo app. 

 


 

Panorama Mode - Panorama mode gives you the opportunity to capture both horizontal and vertical panoramas. The mode is easy to use and results are good with no obvious stitching issues but there is slight detail lose in places but this probably wasn't helped by a breeze blowing through the woods. You also have to pan at a pretty slow pace otherwise it spoils the panorama. 

 

Video -  The Nokia 6.1 captures video in 4K (rear camera only) or at 1080p/30fps (both cameras) and overall, quality is good with the footage looking and sounding clear. There are no issues with colours and contrast is spot on as well. 

 

 

 


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