The much hyped Nokia 6 was recently launched at the MWC 2017 with a price tag of EUR 229 (approx. INR 16,000). I personally had a lot of expectations out of this phone in terms of the camera specifications, which disappoints me a lot.
Currently the INR 13,000 – 16,000 price bracket in smartphone market is really competitive, focusing mainly on the camera be it the rear or the front camera. This is when Nokia announces a phone in this price bracket that too with the pixel size of only 1µm, so i though of doing a brief camera review of Nokia 6 based on the specifications.
Smartphones such as the Motorola Moto G4 Plus features a 16MP image sensor as big as 1/2.4″ which has the pixel size of 1.3µm, and the Honor 6X features 12MP 1/2.9″ image sensor with 1.25 µm pixel size. Even though the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a smaller sensor size of 1/3.06″, the brands didn’t run after megapixels and stopped at 13 MP to make the pixel size of 1.12 μm.
But when it comes to the camera specifications of recently launched Nokia 6, it is sad to see that it features a small 1/3.06″ image sensor (not officially stated, an assumption based on the number of pixels and the pixel size). The worst part is that the pixel size is of only 1µm, which ensures that you would not be able to capture better low light photos. Why 16MP? Nokia could have restricted the pixel count to 12MP or at the best 13MP, but to make a mark in the market with their comeback they though of going with numbers.
This is all based on the numbers and technicalities, rest depends on what technology they have adopted to improve the camera performance especially in low light conditions. Till then, I would be waiting to get my hands on the Nokia 6 to test its camera capabilities.