09032009796This is the fourth part of the N85 review, where we look at the camera and the accessories that come along with the phone. The previous parts we have looked at the design, lighting, software, music, battery and screen aspect.


The N85 employs a 5 megapixel camera sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens. This 5MP camera as we know does not have xenon flash but the same dual LED setup that Nokia claims is very good for recording video in darkness.

17022009002The camera performed adequately. The pictures in daytime were really good. The camera clicked some really nice looking photos and when you look at it on the AM-OLED screen, they look even more ‘dynamic’. The portraits mode in daytime was great! The N85 focused very quickly on objects in daytime, but under artificial lights, it seemed to take longer.In portrait mode (daytime) too, it took a little time but the results were great.

17022009003Now another  one of my own tests is to click a TV screen when it is switched on. This will show you how good the camera is at capturing detail. Now The N96 really failed miserably at that, but overall was pretty ‘good’. The N85 clicked the TV screen really nicely and you could can clearly see the program being broadcast.

18022009005The dual LED in the night time or in dark areas is strictly ‘ok’. It’s seems to be better than the N96 in results, but this is more an estimation. The processing of the pictures is definitely a bit better on the N85. The processing done is of much better quality on the N85 than on the N96. While the N96 suffered with a horrible blue hue with the flash being used, the N85 suffers with a similar fate only the colour is yellow this time. I don’t know but, whenever I used the LED flash, I got a lot of ‘yellow’ colour in the pictures. But I can live with a yellow hue. It’s way better than the blue hue. The settings on the camera are the same that you will find on any standard S60 solution by Nokia.  here is a quick list:

  1. Switch to camera/video mode.
  2. Scene Modes> Auto, User Defined, Close-up mode, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Night portrait.
  3. Flash Mode> Automatic, On, Red-eye, Off.
  4. Self Timer> Off, 2 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds.
  5. Switch to Sequence mode
  6. Go to Photos (takes you to the gallery! sweet!)
  7. Colour Tone> Normal, Sepia, Black & white, Vivid, Negative.
  8. Switch to view-finder grid.
  9. White Balance> Automatic, Sunny, Incandescent, Fluorescent.
  10. Exposure Compensation> every 3 notches from -2 to 2
  11. Sharpness>Hard, Normal, Soft
  12. Contrast> 20 notches (both directions)
  13. brightness> 20 notches (both directions)
  14. Light Sensitivity> Auto, Low, Medium, High.
  15. Customize Toolbar.

As you can see there are two additions to this, item no.6 and item no.15 on the list are unique to this phone, as the N96 does not have it. The N79 may  have these features but I do not know at this time. Once a photo is clicked the sidebar allows you to tag a photo, so you find it easily.

Geo-tagging is also there on this phone and the GPS lock was pretty fast!

The macro mode on this is really good, the focusing on objects was lightning sharp just like the N96 in this mode. Overall the N85 performs better than the N96 in the camera department but only marginally. There was one thing I did notice in the image was it’s size. There were hardly a few images that went above or close to the 1MB mark.  I don’t think that’s a good thing, since it clearly tells you of how good the photo is likely to be.

The N82 in my opinion is still the imaging king. The N82 takes a bit longer to focus but gives excellent results.

Overall the N85 gets a good 8.2/10 in this area. The N96 certainly has competition!

On the video front, the N85’s dual LED setup worked better then the N96’s setup. But there was one big problem in the recording quality. The N85 I had for review had problems with recording itself. There were times when the video would record with a lot of lag and you could clearly see it in the final result. The N85’s video capabilities were thus severely handicapped and put me off completely. Atleast the N96 could record video smoothly. very bad Nokia!

I would give the N85 a 3/10 in this area. A complete letdown for me.


the N85 is a different phone. It is one of the first to have USB charging of the battery. What this means is that the charger you have for the Nokia N85 is completely different from the standard 2mm pin chargers.  So here is the complete list of what’s in the box.

  1. AD-54 adapter with a pair of earphones.
  2. Nokia AC-10E wall charger.
  3. Nokia Micro USB cable CA-101
  4. Nokia TV-Out CA-75U
  5. The manuals and other related reading material
  6. the PC Suite DVD.

hs45-ad54Well first of all, the standard headset that comes with the N85 is pathetic. I tried it on the N85 and its absolutely not worth keeping. I suggest you lose the earphones part of the headset and buy a better pair of earphones/headphones.

ac-10eThe AC-10E charger is huge, reminiscent of the chargers that shipped with Nokia devices in early 2000-01. But it’s different from the regular chargers since it has a Micro USB slot and not a 2mm pin. This means that the chargers connects to the Micro USB slot in the N85 for charging. Now you must be wondering whether the data cable can also do the same or no? well the answer is yes. You can charge the N85 through the data cable when you connect it to a PC.

I loved the fact that I could use my data cable to charge my phone when I had it connected to my PC.

Overall the N85 gets a good 8/10. I have deducted a point simply because of the headset quality.