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Nokia 7.1 Smartphone Review - Performance

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Nokia 7.1 Performance

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 7.1 Sample Photos


In good light levels, images captured with the Nokia 7.1 are impressive. Colours are accurate and have good levels of detail, however, noise and shake can become an issue in low light so you have to really focus on staying still to ensure you get the best quality shot you can (although, sometimes this was easier said than done). It would be nice to see a low light or night mode built in - something that's just been introduced to the Honor 8X and it works really well. 

Exposure levels are good and seem to be improved when compared with the 6.1 which didn't seem to have a dynamic range that was wide enough to cope with bright skies and shadow areas. Yes, we did test this smartphone when the glorious British summer had ended so light levels were more balanced but still, we headed out on a well-lit day into woodland areas and the Nokia 7.1 handled both dark and light areas well. 

Colour saturation levels are excellent with natural looking greens, autumn shades and brickwork. 

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. 

'Bothie' mode is built in which takes an image with both the front and rear camera at the same time. We've previously said it's a bit gimmicky and nothing has changed our opinion on this. To be honest, we're not sure when you'd actually want to use it but it does work well, putting images side-by-side or putting one image inside the other, but we just don't really get the point of it.

Close focus is pretty good with the camera having no trouble focusing on the mushroom in the shot above and there's even a nice level of background blur, too. 


Nokia 7.1 Lens test images


You can use the 'pinch and zoom' method for zooming in on detail but it's best you don't use it as digital zoom is still terrible. You can read the church sign when zoomed in but it's definitely not sharp. 


Nokia 7.1 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - The ISO range available in manual mode is from ISO100 to ISO3200. On our test charts, noise control is good, with low noise, and higher levels of detail at the lower ISO speeds. At ISO400 detail suffers, but noise is well controlled. At ISO1600 detail and image quality starts to suffer a little and ISO3200 is worse still. 


Nokia 7.1 White-balance test images

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


Nokia 7.1 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 | 1/111 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 200

Panorama Mode - You can capture both horizontal and vertical panoramas with the Nokia 7.1 smartphone and the mode is really easy to use. As for the final image, results are good with no obvious stitching issues.


Video -  The Nokia 7.1 captures video in 4K (rear camera only) or at 1080p (both cameras) and overall, quality is good with the footage looking and sounding clear. There are no issues with colours or contrast either. FullHD video benefits from electronic image stabilisation which is automatically applied.




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