Nokia N9’s camera may be slower than the HTC Sensation’s camera

Remember how Nokia said its new MeeGo-based N9 was “the fastest image-capturing phone on the market”? Well, it turns out that there’s at least one other smartphone which seems to pack a faster camera, and that’s the HTC Sensation.

HTC itself claims on Twitter that “the Sensation’s camera is the quickest draw in the West (and East, and South and North)”, and provides a link to a test made by the folks over at Stuff review.

According to the video embedded below, the Sensation (which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread) can take a photo in just 2.2 seconds – that’s 0.4 seconds faster than the N9.

Sure enough, the N9 most likely bests the HTC Sensation when it comes to image quality, so even if the Sensation’s camera is a few deciseconds faster, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the Sensation has an advantage that you can’t argue with: it can be bought right now, not in September, when the first Nokia N9 units will become available.

Author: Florin

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  • Joe

    Florin you are a terrible writer. May be means you have no idea. I can also say you may have no reporter skills, am I right?

  • Florin

    Exactly: “may be” means I have no idea if the Sensation’s camera is
    indeed faster than the N9’s, regardless of what that video shows. And neither do you, as
    no one can actually test the two handsets side by side. That’s why I used “may be.” And since Nokia claimed the N9 had the fastest camera on the market (despite the smartphone itself not being on the market), and now
    HTC says it’s actually the Sensation which has the fastest camera around, why not report it?

  • Ashish Vedi

    This video doesn’t look like a proper comparison. They stop the clock the when the photo is taken. With the N9, it take 2.6 seconds for it to capture a photo, then display it, then go back to the photo mode. Plus it’s very important to have both the phones side my side to test it properly. And the 1st time they tested it from the lock menu, they were holding the the camera app over the unlock circle. All these factors have to be taken into account. And I don’t think Nokia would lie about something like this.

  • Anonymous

    Wow dumb comparison. I could only laugh at how dumb that video was. Do you even know how camera’s work? I think when Nokia says the fastest camera, they mean the f-stop is low. The N9’s max aperture is f2.2, which means even in low light situations, the camera shutter moves fast at f2.2 aperture, which means reduced blur from shaking. So even though it only has an LED flash compared to the N8’s Xenon, lighting is adequate. 

    Fastest image-capturing = fast shutter due to its big max aperture (f2.2) 

    Big max aperture (f2.2) = is better performance in low light

    If you don’t believe me, compare the prices of an [f1.8 35mm Nikkor] lens to an [f1.4 35mm Nikkor]. The lower the aperture number, the better.