Talking about two of the very popular smartphones, Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5 : both are camera-centric. Both devices has a dual camera setup but the way they implemented is very different. It is worth doing a camera comparison between these two devices.

Nokia 8 has both 13 megapixel front camera and rear camera while the competitor has a 16 megapixel front shooter and a 20 megapixel rear camera.

The Nokia 8, though have a dual camera – one is the regular color (RGB) sensor while the other one is a mono chrome sensor which helps the other sensor (RGB) technically in low lighting conditions.

On the other hand, OnePlus 5 went with something like iPhone 7 Plus did. Among its two sensors, first one is a wide vision camera while the second one is actually a telephoto lens which enables zoom in and portrait mode shooting.

side by side comparison of nokia 8 vs oneplus 5 image

From the sample shot above, you can notice that the OnePlus 5 pictures are slightly more vibrant, punchier in colors. But in terms of detail, both cameras perform a equally greater job.

From this picture, OnePlus 5 shot look more vibrant in color. In terms of dynamic range it is doing a better job here.

oneplus 5 2x zoom in

OnePlus 5 has the 2X zoom, the left image has taken utilizing the zoom feature. The 2X does make a difference in taking distant images that taking from distance and zooming digitally.

Close up macro shots

close up macro - oneplus 5 wins

Nokia 8 was sort of struggling when we tried to focus a close object. On the other hand OnePlus 5 managed the situation easily and produces great images as the one shown above.

Dedicated portrait mode

oneplus 5 camera portrait mode

OnePlus 5 camera has a dedicated portrait mode while Nokia 8 simply dont have this feature. The picture seems to be very sharp, automatically added blur to  the background 6 out of 10 times when we tried.

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Under semi-indoor lighting conditions

semi-indoor picture

Many camera’s struggle when the lights fade. Surprisingly OnePlus 5 pictures came out more sharper and brighter in this lighting condition. Both cameras failed to provide super sharp pictures in these low lighting scenarios but from the sample, we can see that the OnePlus 5 images are much better than Nokia 8.

Under very low lighting conditions

very low light

The above picture is a sample shot from the office with low lighting setup. Surprisingly again OnePlus 5 picture came out providing better pictures.

About video recording

Nokia 8 has 360 degree sound recording feature. Nokia 8 can also simultaneously record videos using front and rear cameras. But despite this fact video recording using front camera practically came out better in OnePlus 5.

When it comes to video recording using rear camera, both phones did a great job.  Talking about stabilization: Oneplus 5 is relying on electronic stabilization while Nokia 8 has hardware stabilization. Both phones can record videos upto 4K.


Both smartphones are good choices if you are looking for a good camera-centric smartphone. But in side by side comparisons and tests, Oneplus 5 is slightly ahead of Nokia 8 since it produces sharper and more vibrant pictures.

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Picture courtesy: geekyranjit

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