Check out Nokia’s first 8-megapixels camera phone in the review here. Also, we have detailed the phone’s tech specs, features and price.

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The Nokia N86 8MP is like old glory with new armour; derived from the N85, the N86 8MP has an advanced camera that is rare for phones. Even so, the camera fails to deliver because of image processing issues to produce photos that aren’t the best in its class. Despite this, the phone has much more to offer. See what this is in the review below.

Design and Looks
The Nokia N86 8MP is not a visual stunner. At 149g, it doesn't feel like one either. But trust Nokia to make the design ergonomic and practical and you are delivered a phone with solid charm and robust construction. In fact, apart from the not-so-good looks, the phone has only one other design flaw; a metallic rim surrounding the front which is a finger-print magnet. The back of the phone features a plastic coating that makes gripping the phone easy. At the back here is the 8MP camera with an active lens cover and dual LED flash. Surrounding the camera area is a retractable active kickstand with which you can launch the gallery or any other application of your choosing.

This chubby phone has an excellent 2.6” AMOLED screen that produces 16-million colours over QVGA resolution. The screen is excellent and produces sharp and vivid images. But unlike other Nokia screens, this one has poor sunlight legibility, but that's common among all AMOLED screens. The D-pad and soft keys are present just below the screen, and given the ample spacing between each key, users will find them to be very easy and comfortable to use. We only wish Nokia had made better use of the available space to fit in a larger screen.

Sliding the phone down reveals the four dedicated music/image gallery keys and sliding it all the way up reveals the alphanumeric keypad. The keys here are widely spaced but small and feel squishy when pressed. It certainly isn't the best keypad around but it more than does the job. The sliding mechanism is flawless and users will notice that all three positions respond with a satisfying click.

The phone, like most N-series phones, is powered by the Symbian 9.3operating system which mounts the Series60 user interface (3rd edition) with Feature Pack 2. The hardware beef to run this smart OS is provided by an ARM 11 434MHz processor and 128MB RAM, which seems inadequate considering that most modern smartphones do not feature processors with clock speeds less than 600MHz or RAM less than 256MB. Nevertheless, this hardware ensemble is more than enough to handle multiple applications and to keep the OS always ticking.

The phone's telephony is a mixed bag: while reception and call quality is good, the speakerphone is not very loud and maybe hard to hear in noisy environments.

The phone's USP is the camera and naturally a subject of lengthy description. Unlike most lenses found on other camera phones, the N86 has a special 28mm wide-angle lens with variable aperture. It's one step closer to professional photography or at least compact digital photography. As the lens branding suggests, the camera is good at taking landscape photography. But because there is less resolved detail per unit area the wide angle lens is not suited for portrait photography. The lens has good dynamic range but is known to suffer from lens flare.

On the software front users have several manual imaging options including white balance settings, ISO sensitivity, exposure compensation and contrast settings. Strangely, famous options that have made their way into every form of camera like smile and face detection aren't included in the N86.

In a sad twist the photos are not the best among 8MP camera-phones. The images tend to be over sharpened and subject to excessive noise reduction which leads to loss of fine detail and the creation of artifacts. Sometimes, even the colour representation is inaccurate. What all the above means is that most problems lie at the image processing side and not the hardware side. This is a temporary problem and hopefully future firm-ware upgrades may be able to fix this.

Video recording fares much better under our scrutiny thanks to the wide aperture lens. Agreed, VGA resolution at 30 frames-per-second is nothing new but the landscape like range of the camera makes it unique in the 8MP race. On the whole, the camera's photography performance is not dismally poor. In fact, most users will downgrade photos to a monitor screen resolution from the full resolution which will make them look even better than they do at the full sensor resolution. So the camera is not a total loss.

The phone's multimedia features are standard. There's a music player, a video player, an FM radio and also an FM transmitter. The music player is nothing to brag about. Don't get us wrong, it's completely functional but offers nothing new. The video player is the same but the kickstand it makes the experience a whole lot exciting. Too bad the display is not bigger and the video player does not have any DivX or XviD support. Audio quality is great for all media applications and definitely worthy of the N-series name.

Other applications include an elaborate organizer, QuickOffice document viewer, a web browser with full flash support, OviContacts/OviShare integration, 15 trial games built on the N-Gage platform and OviMaps which complements the phone's built-in GPS receiver.

That's the Nokia N86 8MP for you. It's an advanced camera phone that somehow fails to deliver on its promises yet more than makes up for it with other goodies. And if you're not a serious camera enthusiast but would love a good camera-phone anyway, the Nokia N86 8MP might just work for you.

  • Dual slide design with dedicated music/gallery keys
  • 2.6” 16-million colour AMOLED display, QVGA resolution with scratch-resistant surface
  • 28mm wide-angle camera lens with variable aperture
  • 8MP with autofocus camera unit with autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • ARM 11 434MHz CPU, 128MB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory with memory card slot for further expansion
  • 3.5mm standard audio port/TV out
  • Wide range of connectivity options including GPS with A-GPS functionality and Nokia OviMaps integration
  • Digital compass
  • FM transmitter
  • Kickstand
  • Symbian OS 9.3 with S60 3.2 UI
  • Office document viewer
  • N-Gage gaming support
  • OviShare and OviContacts integration

  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-800
  • Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-804

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Nokia N86 8MP Price India
Price:Rs. 25,000
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Indigo Black, White

Technical Specifications of Nokia N86 8MP
Overview Body Type Slider
Battery Life/Talk time 6.3 Hours
Standby Talktime 312 Hours
Dimensions Width 51 mm
Depth 17 mm
Length 103 mm
Weight 149 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 8 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus Yes
Display Display Size 2.6 inches
Display Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Dispaly Type AMOLED
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 8GB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card No
Expandable Memory 16 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System Symbian Series S60
Features Input Type Alphanumeric Keypad
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
Flashlight NO
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