Nokia N900 – Can you do the Fandango? Photo and Video Samples – London – Part 1

| November 29, 2009 | Reply

Just got back from London, and after an extremely eventful weekend I am minutes from crashing into my bed for a well deserved snooze fest.

I’ll leave you with a quick [indoor] camera/video sample at Covent Garden of a group called “Fandango”, just to demonstrate the video recording quality/audio quality as well as photo quality when using the N900 as a simple point and shoot (as opposed to rigorously testing out the camera with specified fields).

I was actually just trying to take a photo of the Christmas Decor, and when I moved to get a better view I saw and heard this aawesome, fun and lively classical group playing to a huge audience.

Although I do miss the xenon flash and extensive camera settings of previous Nseries devices, I do love the redefined camera menu that’s just so simple to use. Switching between macro/auto/landscape and photo/video was as easy as it should have first appeared with S60 touch. The camera also remembers the last mode you were in…i.e. if you last set the camera to landscape, if you exit and restart the camera, you’ll head back to landscape – no fiddling with settings if all you did was to close the camera app in between some snaps.

Macro mode not on, but N900 able to autofocus and capture in pretty much clear detail.

  • Video – Fandango 1 –
  • 02:41
  • 67.7MB


  • Video 2
  • 06:01
  • 146MB


  • Video 3
  • 03:15
  • 83.8MB


Note: There are supposed to be three videos in this post – however, YouTube is taking some time to process these raw files direct from the N900. :s youtube is being buggy with all of my uploads today. Will reupload in a mo.

  • Audio, as usual, is of very high quality on the Nseries line.
  • What was interesting with the video was that as Hannah kept on calling to find out where I was, the N900 did not cut and stop the video recording like the N97 (very annoying), it carried on filming.
  • Although there’s some motion distortion whilst panning, I do have to add that there are some additional inflicted jitteriness due to me being absolutely freezing to the core as I decided to wear shorts again (I think I’m turning out to be a glutten for some cold punishment). Long story short, jeans were absolutely soaking from a long walk in the rain.
  • Since the N900 has autofocus capability in the video, your subject must remain pretty much in the same range you first set the focus level to (as N900 does not yet have continuous autofocus). This means that if you may inadvertently get the focus level wrong, or the subject might move much closer or further away, then your video may get blurry.

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Category: Maemo, Nokia, Nseries, Photos, Video

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