For some, they consider the fight between the n86 and n97 in terms of their camera capabilities as an unfair battle. The reason for this is not because of the n86’s bigger megapixels count but because of the more advanced and enhanced hardware/sensors of the n86 e.g. wide angle lens and 3rd generation dual-led.
Anyhow, the N86 is still not the perfect camera phone because in some events, the N97 Mini or other 5MP phones have advantages over the flagship camera phone of nokia. Adding to the list is the “close up” mode of the N97, which can give a better ‘bokeh’ or a fuller focus on any object up close; unlike the N86 wherein it is a headache to capture close up scenes due to the phone giving many focus areas which eventually leads to trial and error. Plus, the wide-angle lens of the N86 is quite hefty when it comes to capturing close up or macro scenes.
Talking about fair fight, every phone has its own advantages and people have different tastes. On that note, let’s compare the differences on these images taken using the N86 and N97. I leave the task to you to see the pros and cons of these two phones.
We can observe how the 3rd generation dual-led on the N86 gives more light compared to the standard led on camera flashes. On the other hand, the con that I saw in the N86 was on the close up mode (as I said earlier). The sensor is focusing on other subjects when the real subject is on the center, as compared to the N97 Mini that focuses on the center. And if your eyes were sharp enough, I’m sure you were able to find out that the N86 delivers more real colors. This is because of the bigger aperture compared to the N97 mini which relies much on its flash.
I’m hoping that this short camera comparison on night shoots will give you ideas on the different advantages and downsides of both devices.