Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) Review

14 October 2018, 03:15:30

Nokia X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus) Review
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Primary camera

Nokia X5/Nokia 5.1 Plus is equipped with two rear cameras. The main one combines a 13MP Samsung S5K3L6 ISOCELL Fast sensor with an f/2.0 lens and PDAF. This sensor has a 1/3.1" optical format as well as 1.2 μm pixel size. ISOCELL Fast sensors identify the distance of fast-moving objects even in low light for faster and accurate autofocusing. The 3-stack FRS (Fast Readout Sensor) enables high-speed captures at Full HD video. On the Nokia X5/5.1 Plus, it snaps photos with a resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and shoots 1080p videos at 30 fps. The second rear camera is equipped with a 5MP Samsung S5K5E9 sensor that has a 1.2 μm pixel size. We don't have data about the lens, but the same 5MP sensor is used by the Nokia X6/Nokia 6.1 Plus and is combined with an f/2.2 lens. The shooters are aided by a LED flash and support HDR. The rear cameras offer good colour reproduction and wider-than-usual vertical viewing angles.

Secondary camera

The front-facing camera features an 8MP Samsung S5K4H7 ISOCELL Slim sensor coupled with an f/2.2 lens. ISOCELL Slim sensors are created especially for slim and full-screen smartphone designs. This sensor has a 1/4" optical format and a 1.2 μm pixel size. It takes photos with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and shoots 720p videos at 30 fps. Other smartphones which we have reviewed and use the same sensor for one of their cameras are the Elephone U, Elephone U Pro, UMiDiGi Z2, UMiDiGi Z2 Pro.

Camera App

Nokia X5/Nokia 5.1 Plus employs an in-house developed Camera application, which differs in several ways from the standard ones that are widely available. There's a big circular shutter button, centrally placed at the bottom. To its left, there's a button for video recording and to its right - a shortcut to the list of photos and videos. The top of the screen is occupied by a number of icons. The first one is of a hamburger menu which opens additional shooting modes (Panorama, Live Bokeh, Manual) and the camera settings. The manual mode allows you to set the type of focus, type of scene, white balance and exposure value. The other icons open the settings for the flash, HDR, self-timer, beautification, and the view mode - single, dual or picture-in-picture.
The camera settings are pretty simple. They are different depending on whether you're taking a photo or recording a video. The photo settings include the resolution for the front and rear camera, location tag toggle, shutter control and sound, grid and watermark toggles, mirror photos for the front camera, and data storage. The video settings include shutter sound, grid, location tag, resolution for videos from the front and the rear camera, data storage and live broadcast account - when you shoot videos you can switch on the live broadcast icon from the top of the screen. You can also choose to shoot time-lapse and slow-motion videos.
The interface for the front camera is largely the same, however, not all modes are supported - Video, Photo, Bokeh and Manual. HDR is supported as well. The camera settings are the same. Google Photos is the only pre-installed app with which you can open and edit photos. The editing options include adjusting the position, adding filters, adjusting the saturation, brightness, contrast, etc. Google Lens is integrated into the Photos application. This feature is designed to bring relevant information using visual analysis based on deep learning routines. All in all, it can intelligently recognize objects from an image and show relevant search results and information.

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