Nokia 9 hands-on: too many cameras?

Nokia 9 hands-on: too many cameras?


– Hey it’s Chaim with The Verge and I’m here with the new Nokia 9, which, as you can see has five cameras. Look at it five cameras. Nokia just announced this at MWC 2019, and again the big feature
is that this is the first phone with five cameras on the back. It’s actually got six
cameras because there’s one on the front. So lets break down what exactly
we’re doing with all this. Five sensors. Three of them are 12 megapixel
F1.8 monochrome sensors, and the other two are,
again, same specs but color. So what Nokia’s doing
is that every time you press the shutter, it’s firing
all five of these sensors, to pull in all that extra color and depth data from every single shot. Now we can see some
pretty beefy file sizes. Part of the reason some of
those file sizes are so large is that the Nokia 9 can shoot in Raw DNG, and Nokia says that those
features will be off by default for most people. But, if you’re shooting with this you’re gonna wanna be using those and it’s something you
should keep in mind. The five camera system does
come with a couple big caveats. First off, this thing is kinda slow. It’s powered by last years’
Snapdragon 845 processor, but it still takes like
10 seconds between when you fire a shot to actually
viewing in your camera roll for an image to finish processing, and another couple seconds for it to load in full resolution. Some apps are better equipped
with this than others, Google photos struggled a bit, but loading things in
Lightroom was much faster. Nokia’s actually partnering
with Adobe to specifically build Lightroom presets based around
lens profile of the Nokia 9, so, when that rolls out, you should be able to get
some really interesting and hopefully impressive
results from Lightroom directly on the device without
having to go to a computer, which is kinda the dream. As for the phone itself, the
Nokia 9 is the top of Nokia’s range that they’re announcing here and it’s got the build
quality and design to match. The sides of the phone are
machined out of aluminum. It’s got Gorilla Glass 5 on
both the front and the back. Now, Nokia’s breaking from the
trend of most 2019 flagships, you can see there’s no
notch, its just a regular 5.99 inch QOLED display. It renders a 2K resolution and
it actually looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S9 or
the smaller Google Pixel. The bezels on top and bottom are bigger than I necessarily like, but they’re not egregious, and it looks really nice to just, hold. Hardware-wise, Nokia’s
including 120GB of storage, 6GB of RAM and a 3320
milliamp hour battery. Like Nokia’s other phones, it runs Android One, it runs
mostly pure Android 9 Pie. With Android One, Nokia’s
promising regular updates and you should be able
to get like good software from this to come, they’re
really not messing a whole lot with what Google has given them. Which is honestly nice to
see, cos Google has it good, like, don’t mess with it too much. There are a couple other
premium things that Nokia’s including on this phone. There’s in-display fingerprint sensing. There’s proprietary Nokia
design face unlock system that it’s introducing with this years’ models. There’s USB-C, there is still
no 3.5mm headphone jack. Sorry, folks. I mean Nokia’s really like
planting a flag here with this as a premium level device. Now the company does say that
this will be a limited edition phone, it’s not saying
how many it’s making, but it’s not going to
be a mass market device in the same way that of
those other phones will be. There’s also no real word
on price or release date. Nokia says the global average
price will be €599 euros, but we’ll still have to wait
for a word from regional partners to see where exactly this phone is going to show up, and how much it’s going
to cost when it does. So, obviously again one
of the big things on the Nokia 9 is just how many cameras it has and this sorta design might
look familiar to you from the Light L16. That wild, 16 lens camera
that shipped last year. That’s because Light has
actually partnered with Nokia on here and Light’s
lux capacitor technology is actually what’s driving these 5 lenses. Qualcomm says that it’s Snapdragon chip isn’t ordinarily equipped
for this kinda thing, and that’s why Nokia needs Light’s help in just processing this
many camera inputs at once. It is still a little early
on to tell exactly how the Nokia 9 is going to work, but in our early hands on shots, the amount of detail its been pulling in, especially on like wood grain or textures or the skyline shots
it’s really kinda impressive, especially from a smartphone, and we’re really gonna
have to test this against other phones, other cameras
to see just whether or not this investment into
this cool 5 camera tech is actually worth it. It looks really cool, but, is it? We’ll see. Another thing that stood out to me is what Nokia’s using these cameras
for, which is specifically just for color, detail and depth. We have seen other multi
camera phones like the LG V40, which took a
really interesting approach in putting different lens types
on its phones and different focal lengths. Now, with this you’re
still just getting that one static shot, just better in theory. But, I can’t help but wonder
whether there’s a better way to leverage sticking 5 cameras on a device than just making them all the same. Keep it locked here at The Verge, we’ll have more great MWC
coverage here the whole week. Make sure to like and subscribe and yeah.

100 Comments

  • The Verge

    February 24, 2019

    How many cameras on a phone is too many?

    Reply
  • RUPΞSH

    February 25, 2019

    How many cameras do you want
    Nokia: yes

    Reply
  • Tony Woods

    February 25, 2019

    In the future, phones will just be a camera

    Reply
  • Amith Sujith

    February 25, 2019

    Good pricing though

    Reply
  • Logmemoi TV

    February 25, 2019

    FBI phone

    Reply
  • Maballo Net

    February 25, 2019

    I'm so uncomfortable see what the back of this smartphone.. 🤢

    Reply
  • Divinest Beats

    February 25, 2019

    It looks gross

    Reply
  • Suraj Khunte

    February 25, 2019

    I Love Nokia ❤️❤️❤️

    Reply
  • i rum

    February 25, 2019

    ewwwww;;;

    Reply
  • Hamed al-julaibi

    February 25, 2019

    CHAIM

    Reply
  • Electronic Soya Sauce

    February 25, 2019

    But Can It Beat the Pixel?

    Reply
  • sTechBucket

    February 25, 2019

    Nightmare for TypoPhobia people

    Reply
  • Grischu

    February 25, 2019

    Nokia, Thanks for not including a notch. I really appreciate it!

    Reply
  • Kuldip Singh

    February 25, 2019

    Wait till they release with a faster CPU.

    Reply
  • White Tiger

    February 25, 2019

    You can take 5 pictures in a single tap.. Best feature

    Reply
  • Kepler 438

    February 25, 2019

    wow… he's complaining that it takes 5 seconds to load the images after taking them. 5 seconds really?

    Reply
  • Abdulrahman Jiffry

    February 25, 2019

    Why make the video as boring as humanly possible? =/

    Reply
  • Bottom Line

    February 25, 2019

    How about one sensor that does the job of 5…horrible

    Reply
  • hello youtube

    February 25, 2019

    nokia 808 and lumia 1020 feeling proud 🙂

    Reply
  • Al Sa

    February 25, 2019

    I'm still using my Nokia 8890

    Reply
  • Palash Nandi

    February 25, 2019

    Why is there so much crazyness about camera everywhere !!!!!

    Reply
  • marklola12

    February 25, 2019

    This for HMD and Nokia is just a TEST phone, why do you think it's very limited numbers ..they have been working on getting it to where they want it to be for a few years which means they can now work with the new 855 in the next one

    Reply
  • TheDonBarracuda

    February 25, 2019

    Which company wants me to hold their beer?

    Reply
  • Dr. Zues

    February 25, 2019

    That phone is giving me trypophobia

    Reply
  • Toxis

    February 25, 2019

    would be a candidate at 600Eur, no headphone jack made it not be one. Oh well, might just need to go with poco+lineage after all:

    Reply
  • Debojyoti Biswas

    February 25, 2019

    Claikbait negative theory…Good for you morons

    Reply
  • Reggie Lam

    February 25, 2019

    trypophobia! this design makes it very it uncomfortable now

    Reply
  • Subha Das

    February 25, 2019

    Thanks for no notch

    Reply
  • Maurice LesGrosYeux

    February 25, 2019

    It’s an "old" phone. I thought It was available since last year. Nokia must had delays, but the phone isn’t that impressive now

    Reply
  • Jithin Joy

    February 25, 2019

    5 cameras yet no wide angle

    Reply
  • Cam

    February 25, 2019

    I like never use my back camera so to me its pretty useless

    Reply
  • Pablo Eskibar

    February 25, 2019

    nice chin

    Reply
  • Francis Fernandes

    February 25, 2019

    Why does the verge have to be so pompus with everything not apply

    Reply
  • bjay dy

    February 25, 2019

    2 usable and 3 bullshit cameras.

    Reply
  • Tikus Keriting

    February 25, 2019

    I believe there will be full-frame censor in smartphone.

    Reply
  • bjay dy

    February 25, 2019

    Im sorry but this can achieve by good software already no need for 5 cameras.

    Reply
  • epic gamer

    February 25, 2019

    It was pre production software

    Reply
  • Boundless Atilier

    February 25, 2019

    Why I am trusting them is that these are guys into real photography, they don't want to just thrown in multiple cameras to Mark a feat. in history, this is something new, it borrows a lot of elements from standalone cameras

    Reply
  • A5hu 03

    February 25, 2019

    Phone looks very similar to galaxy s8 but without curved display on the front

    Reply
  • aaro 345

    February 25, 2019

    pixel 3 still has the same processor…

    Reply
  • aaro 345

    February 25, 2019

    reporter doest understand the idea of the 5 cameras in nokia 9… its not stupidly like in other smartphones where the other cameras literally dont do anything while you take the picture, they are just there because of their different focal length. in nokia all the 5 cameras in different angles take the picture same time allowing it to capture many times more light and data than other smartphones. the camera angles also give nokia incredible depth of field and real camera bokeh effect.

    Reply
  • rising star

    February 25, 2019

    Nokia fans hit like

    Reply
  • TRUTH HAMMER

    February 25, 2019

    So basically a camera with a phone option

    Reply
  • Yohan Dahmani

    February 25, 2019

    more cameras = more cares

    Reply
  • R S

    February 25, 2019

    They need to work on software. Seriously Nokia is just not getting it.

    Reply
  • sunny paul

    February 25, 2019

    And very soon china companies will copy that 😤

    Reply
  • Jayshree Jadhav

    February 25, 2019

    But hey, in which camera am I supposed to look into while taking potrait shots???

    Reply
  • Dante Morales

    February 25, 2019

    This guys scares me

    Reply
  • Raditya Arga Putra

    February 25, 2019

    just let deiter do all the reviews and run the channel too

    Reply
  • Schrödinger

    February 25, 2019

    No flux capacitor is a big no no! Skipping this one.

    Reply
  • D. Brown

    February 25, 2019

    great video verge, but why are people still complaining about the lack of the headphone jack? bluetooth have came a long way, and most cars have bluetooth sooo?

    Reply
  • Tony Luo

    February 25, 2019

    I would like a phone with so many cameras that it actually has to pull out a tree of cameras when I press the button. I already have a name for it: Nokia Tree

    Reply
  • Jacob Powers

    February 25, 2019

    People forget that pureview is satire

    Reply
  • David Loos

    February 25, 2019

    Good price!

    Reply
  • Lonestar fun

    February 25, 2019

    Typical verge review of assuming every phone should be like every other phone !!!!! .

    Reply
  • The Cake Glutton

    February 26, 2019

    Thought Jews were not supposed to operate electric devices

    Reply
  • Abdul Aden

    February 26, 2019

    Omg slow wtf are you kidding me man it’s an SD 845 , tech reviewers are so easy to dismiss something just because it’s not new for the sake of new, so what it doesn’t have an 855 ur not missing out much.

    Reply
  • Supporter van de Europese Unie

    February 26, 2019

    Meh. Not enough cameras. I want 12 of them.

    Reply
  • Shakir Biggs

    February 26, 2019

    I guess the people at Nokia never heard of trypophobia, this is someone’s nightmare phone. This thing is creepy!

    Reply
  • PP C.

    February 26, 2019

    Over kill…

    Reply
  • Sunil Patil

    February 26, 2019

    We can't see

    Reply
  • En Hady

    February 26, 2019

    They should use other type of camera instead of that 3 same monochrome such as wide angle, telephoto etc etc

    Reply
  • Cernold

    February 26, 2019

    What the hell is on his head?

    Reply
  • Rapist Stan

    February 26, 2019

    Hey your review is a joke

    Reply
  • Kafui Amudzi

    February 26, 2019

    The phone case companies are scratching their head with this one

    Reply
  • Alfi Aflahal Muflih

    February 26, 2019

    Because Why not?

    Reply
  • Lauri Ellonen

    February 26, 2019

    How does it compare to Nokia Lumia 1020?

    Reply
  • Dream To Be Youtuber

    February 26, 2019

    Wooh Amazing!💐💐👌👌

    Reply
  • ••

    February 26, 2019

    The front Nokia logo is 199% unnecessary

    Reply
  • Sir Fa

    February 26, 2019

    Could you possibly review it any worse??

    Reply
  • Modern Creator

    February 26, 2019

    Imagine, when someone is taking your photo and you don't know which camera you've to look at lol😂

    Reply
  • Garvit Lodha

    February 26, 2019

    i hate notch display ……. worst design ever made

    Reply
  • Anshul Singh

    February 26, 2019

    10 SECONDS!!! Naw, fam. I'll be happy here with a handy mirrorless.

    Reply
  • Mr Music

    February 26, 2019

    And this is not even my final form!

    Reply
  • usman mir

    February 26, 2019

    Well nothing will happen extra if ur going to increase the number of cameras in ur mobile……Google pixel with single camera is best answer for that.

    Reply
  • usman mir

    February 26, 2019

    Simply a tact to attract users nothing else…..

    Reply
  • Nick Nightingale

    February 26, 2019

    Finally a phone with good features and a good design! In a couple of years we will look back at the notch and laugh about it. Coming from an Iphone user

    Reply
  • Kaynon

    February 26, 2019

    What about video? Will it have the same type of quality? I doubt it.

    Reply
  • Tandroid Android

    February 27, 2019

    I love Nokia and use 7plus..but the cameras on Nokia 9 makes it look Creepy..I am waiting for 7 plus 2019..I hope they don't do something like this to it.

    Reply
  • Holly Cost

    February 27, 2019

    I ❤️ Nokia

    Reply
  • Holly Cost

    February 27, 2019

    ❤️ I have Nokia 7 Plus 💪🏼

    Reply
  • Holly Cost

    February 27, 2019

    Nikkon Camera with a phone built in .

    Reply
  • Just Cruz

    February 27, 2019

    FBI has joined the chat

    Reply
  • Priya Saha

    February 28, 2019

    Nokia will remain the best forever

    Reply
  • vieri pakpahan

    February 28, 2019

    trypophobia

    Reply
  • sheldon

    February 28, 2019

    More interested in the following it is cheap, decent and no bloat warehouse. What more can you ask for.

    Reply
  • King Cooper

    March 1, 2019

    Those cameras are certain to induce symptoms of trypophobia!

    Reply
  • Rocks SP

    March 1, 2019

    why?????? why not verge? Nokia is awesome and make great hardware !!! 599 until march 10 …great price!!!

    Reply
  • Meila Sanwarno

    March 2, 2019

    5 cameras? crazy! i will never buy this

    Reply
  • Rex H

    March 3, 2019

    Where does it end?

    Reply
  • AFM

    March 3, 2019

    Be interested to see how 5 photos at once and processing them impacts the battery life? No good having all this and then running out of battery because of it. Very interested In possibly pre ordering the phone.

    Reply
  • Strutting_strat

    March 4, 2019

    It actually takes freaking amazing pictures, possibly better than Apple, has an under the screen fingerprint sensor and more for $699.

    Reply
  • Chase Ojala

    March 5, 2019

    Just change that name man.

    Reply
  • Mateo A

    March 5, 2019

    What's the other circle in the back, you have 5 cameras and the flash, and the other?

    Reply
  • RustySpace

    March 12, 2019

    The cameras are NOT all the same, two of them have monochrome sensors that collect much more light than RGB sensors, this way the camera is superior in low light.
    You also forgot to mention the fact that you can refocus the image AFTER taking the shot. That is a huge deal.

    Reply
  • grunchi de trap

    March 12, 2019

    Snapdragon processors are just a dissapointment tbh. Apple is far ahead.

    Reply
  • A Frank

    March 16, 2019

    Just recieved mine, love it, it feels premium but not top notch, the screen is bright and colorful, just oversaturated…The camera soft is slow indeed specially with the post processing, hope they will heal it with updates !

    Reply
  • Sourabh 808

    March 19, 2019

    My pureview 808 perform better than this useless device.

    Reply
  • John Smith

    April 1, 2019

    what kind of topping is that?

    Reply
  • L C

    April 10, 2019

    2020 : camera with a phone…?!

    Reply

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