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Nokia 3.4 camera review (in-depth) & evaluation vs Nokia 5.3. Full-Size samples & videos


Nokia 3.4 is an interesting addition to the Nokia smartphones. It sports a triple-camera setup at the back. The phone has just been launched in India and we started posting our hands-on review coverage of Nokia 3.4.

Now time for our in-depth Nokia 3.4 rear and front cameras review. We will also compare Nokia 3.4 camera to Nokia 5.3 camera to assess how it fares in terms of imaging quality.

Nokia 3.4 rear & front camera specs:

  • Rear cameras Dual 13 MP + 2 MP depth sensor + 5 MP ultra-wide
  • Rear flash LED
  • Front-facing camera 8 MP
  • Other AI imaging

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.3 daylight Imaging crop comparison:

In crop comparison sets below, Nokia 3.4 100% image crop is on the top followed by Nokia 5.3 100% image crop. These images are without auto-scene detection to assess the camera capabilities in the Photo mode.

Set 1


One can notice the difference between Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 3.4 imaging algorithms. The treatment to image processing looks different. Nokia 3.4 images have good resolved details but apply less saturation and sharpening to images. Click here for the full-size images if you want to compare yourself.

Nokia 3.4 Bokeh, Portrait and Macro imaging:

Nokia 3.4 captures some great bokeh samples with main camera.

Portrait mode is another strong point of the Nokia 3.4 camera. Check the sample below captured in portrait mode.

Nokia 3.4 can capture really close macro images in photo mode. The first image shows the actual size of flowers up-close.

There is no dedicated macro mode but it can still get closer.

Nokia 3.4 normal vs wide-angle mode:

Nokia 3.4 has a ultra-wide camera too that helps in capturing 118-deg ultra-wide samples.

This is the normal view captured with the main camera.

Here is the ultra-wide sample of the above view.

Nokia 3.4 color capturing samples:

Nokia 3.4 keeps colors a bit cold in some cases, though in most of the cases it captures colors close to real-life. Results are however consistent when one talks about color-reproduction.

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.3 front camera comparison:

Nokia 3.4 front camera captures selfies that keep skin tone more natural than Nokia 5.3 camera in both normal and portrait modes.

Nokia 3.4 FFC sample:

Nokia 5.3 FFC sample:

Nokia 3.4 Portrait FFC sample:

Nokia 5.3 Portrait FFC sample:

Nokia 3.4 vs Nokia 5.3 and low-light vs Night mode:

This image was captured by Nokia 3.4 in almost dark conditions in normal photo mode without flash and without scene-detection on.

Same scene captured by Nokia 5.3.

Night Mode: This is how the same scene looks like when captured in Night Mode with Nokia 3.4.

Nokia 5.3 night mode capture of the same scene.

Nokia 3.4 almost dark samples:

Night mode on Nokia 3.4 is improved both in terms of speed and capturing more light just like seen on Nokia 5.4.

Without flash & Night mode

With Night mode

Nokia 3.4 low-light normal vs Night mode vs flash:

Normal mode:

Night Mode:

With Flash:

Nokia 3.4 daylight & low-light video recording:

Video samples from Nokia 3.4 in both daylight and low-light conditions are provided below.

If you check the daylight video sample, Nokia 3.4 camera performs well in terms of detail capture and stabilization. In terms of low-light video recording, Nokia 3.4 camera performs well in terms of capturing more light, focusing better and also in terms of video stabilization. Focusing in low-light has improved over the older Nokia smartphones.

Comparison Conclusion & Final camera review:

Nokia 3.4 rear camera performs really well for a smartphone in its price range. It gives Nokia 5.3 camera a run for its money especially in low-light with the improved Night mode. The Nokia 3.4 captures ample amount of resolved details with slightly less-saturated colors and less sharpening applied. While many would like this approach many won’t. Perhaps it will be better to bring the color-reproduction and sharpening back to levels seen on Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 5.4.

We must mention that the Nokia 3.4 camera is really good at capturing Bokeh, Portrait and closeup macro images that will make you happy. The ultra-wide camera is also a great addition for capturing landscapes and provides really good results.

Nokia 3.4 front camera is a surprise performer. If you compare with Nokia 5.3 front camera results you will be able to notice the difference in imaging approaches easily. Nokia 3.4 front camera keeps skin tone more natural as compared to Nokia 5.3 front camera.

In low-light too, Nokia 3.4 rear camera captures well-illuminated images that compares very well to Nokia 5.3 rear camera. Night mode on Nokia 3.4 works much faster and gathers much more light. It is a improved version of the Night mode available on older Nokia smartphones.

Default video capture by Nokia 3.4 comes out as impressive in daylight. Even in low-light the focusing has improved a lot as compared to older smartphones.

Nokia 3.4 camera follows Nokia 5.3 and Nokia 5.4 in taking the Nokia low-end to mid-range smartphone camera game several notches above. Both rear and front cameras provide impressive results. Click here for the full-size images if you want to evaluate and compare yourself.

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