Nokia 9 PureView has 5 rear cameras: *yawn*
The Nokia 9 PureView has five rear cameras and that doesn’t even seem like that big of a deal. The anticipated Nokia 9 PureView is HMD Global’s newest and boldest flagship phone under the Nokia brand the Finnish startup acquired several years ago. A word of warning: HMD says this phone is a “limited edition,” being offered in a limited run. But it should be coming to the US (the phone costs €599, or $699, roughly converting to £535 and AU$980).
It’s five Zeiss camera lenses, but it looks like seven in a ring, like a spider’s eyes. Three are 12-megapixel monochrome cameras, two are 12-megapixel RGB cameras, all f/1.8, 28mm. One spot is a flash, and the other is a time-of-flight sensor for depth mapping.
It’s the first five-rear-camera phone. But is that even a big distinction, now? The Samsung Galaxy S10 has three rear cameras (and four on the upcoming 5G version), and a total of six cameras inside and out of the Galaxy Fold.
Against those devices, the five-camera Nokia 9 PureView seems tame by comparison, but this phone aims for computational advantages over other phone cameras. In a brief hands-on with the phone, I tried shooting some photos. Images looked sharp, but photo processing seemed to take a long time (HMD said that’s being improved before release).
The photos taken with the Nokia 9 PureView can be depth-edited after the fact by tapping anywhere on the photo, and works with depth editing on Google Photos, so uploaded photos can still be depth-edited, too.