Posted: 2014-4-17

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The 3-megapixel snapper on the X produces underexposed stills that are characterized by softness and lack fine detail

The Nokia X comes with a wildly unimpressive, 3-megapixel camera with fixed focus and no flash to speak of. It has a tiny, 1/5'' sensor and a rather narrow, f/2.8 aperture, further complicating things when light isn't abundant. You'll find no front-facing cam with this phone.

The UI itself is absolutely basic – there are shortcuts for white balance and ISO tweaking, and you also get three shooting modes – stills, video, and panoramas. Thankfully, the Nokia X doesn't take forever to commit a new snap to its memory, so no complaints there.

So, what kind of snaps can you expect to produce if you opt for the X? Don't hold your breath. Images often come out underexposed, and colors are a bit lifeless. If that wasn't enough, there's also a pretty noticeable purple fringing with many shots. On the whole, images are on the soft side, and the X's camera resolves a pretty limited amount of fine detail – even less than you'd expect from a 3-megapixel snapper. Moreover, snaps are also plagued with digital noise, even when light is abundant. Lastly, the lack of auto or manual focus will be a needle in the eye for some.

As for low-light scenarios, those usually prove too challenging for the tiny snapper – a situation that is only magnified by the lack of an LED flash.

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