The camera on board the new Nokia N9 may not have the 12-megapixel resolution of the Nokia N8's much-loved snapper, but Nokia reckons it is a major step forward in another area: speed.
The Finns claim that when it comes to the time it takes to capture an image, the MeeGo handset trumps not just the N8 but every other mobile phone on the market too.
According to Nokia product manager Jens Wilke, the Nokia N9 takes just 2.6 seconds to go through the process of switching the camera on, readying the viewfinder, focusing on a subject and capturing an image – faster than all its rivals and faster even than the well regarded Canon S95 compact camera.
“Once you press the on-screen camera key, the image is taken immediately,” Wilke told Nokia Conversations. “It’s the fastest image-capturing phone on the market.”
The 8-megapixel sensor is partnered by a Carl Zeiss lens capable of opening to f/2.2, a dual-LED flash, continuous autofocus and 720p/30fps video capture.
Nokia has rolled out a handy chart to see the info represented bar graph stylee, and it makes for interesting reading. The Nokia N8 may be seen as one of the best mobile snappers around, for instance, but it's certainly not the speediest, taking nearly six seconds to run through the latency test.
Of the other handsets compared, the iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S II come closest to matching the N9 in the speed stakes, while at the other end of the spectrum, the HTC HD7 takes over eight seconds to run through the process – by far the highest in the group.