Nokia 5.3 is the latest Nokia Android smartphone in its premium range and sports a quad-camera setup. The phone has just been launched in India and we had started posting our hands-on video coverage of Nokia 5.3.

Now time for our detailed Nokia 5.3 rear camera review. In this article, we will review the Nokia 5.3 camera and will also compare the rear camera against the Nokia 8.1 camera to assess how it fares in terms of imaging quality.

For your information here are the Nokia 5.3 rear camera specs,

  • Quad camera: 13MP f/1.8 + 5MP ultra wide-angle (118°)+ 2MP macro + 2MP depth; Flash: LED 
  • Versatile quad-camera with a 5MP ultra-wide lens for capturing the big picture, 13MP camera working in tandem with the depth sensor for beautiful portrait images, and 2MP macro for getting those close-up shots
  • AI imaging experiences for low-light shots with Night mode, and Portrait mode for stellar portrait imagery combined with enhanced bokeh effects and the depth sensor; also beautification and powerful denoise capabilities

Nokia 5.3 vs Nokia 8.1 Imaging comparison:

In crop comparison sets below, Nokia 8.1 100% image crop is on the top followed by Nokia 5.3 100% image crop. Click here for the full-size images if you want to compare yourself. These images are without auto-scene detection to assess the camera capabilities in the Photo mode.

Set 1


Set 3

One can clearly notice Nokia 5.3 image employs more sharpening than the Nokia 8.1 image, though both cameras capture accurate colors. Nokia 5.3 image seems to capture comparable details to the Nokia 8.1 camera, which is a big deal, though one can also notice a bit more vibrancy, but not over the top.

Nokia 5.3 Bokeh, Portrait and Macro imaging:

Nokia 5.3 captures some great bokeh samples with main camera. These two samples show the strength of the main camera when it comes to capturing Bokeh.

Nokia 5.3 Bokeh sample 2

Nokia 8.3 Bokeh sample

Portrait mode is another strong point of the Nokia 5.3 camera.

Nokia 5.3 portrait mode

Nokia 5.3 can capture really close macro images in photo mode. The first image shows the actual size of flowers.

Nokia 5.3 Color flowers

But it can go even closer in the Macro mode and do wonders.

Nokia 5.3 normal vs wide-angle mode:

Nokia 5.3 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.

Nokia 5.3 normal sample

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

Nokia 5.3 ultra-wide sample

Nokia 5.3 color capturing samples:

Nokia 5.3 keeps colors accurate as real-life but adds a bit of vibrancy to images it captures in some cases. But the results are consistent when one talks about color-reproduction.

Nokia 5.3 colors sample 2

Nokia 5.3 colors sample

Nokia 5.3 low-light vs Night mode:

This image was captured by Nokia 5.3 in almost dark conditions in normal photo mode without flash and without scene-detection on.

Nokia 5.3 low-light sample

Night Mode: This is how the same scene looks like when captured in Night Mode

Nokia 5.3 Night mode sample

More samples,

Without flash & Night mode

With Night mode

Nokia 5.3 Night Mode sample 2

Nokia 5.3 daylight & low-light video recording:

For both daylight and low-light comparisons, video samples from Nokia 5.3 are provided below.

If you check the daylight video sample, Nokia 5.3 camera performs well in terms of detail capture, contrast, and exposure. But when it comes to stabilization, Nokia Mobile needs to tweak Nokia 5.3 camera for better performance.

In terms of low-light video recording, Nokia 5.3 camera again performs well and captures good-looking videos, but focus gets lost in extreme low-light scenes. Again that is an area of improvement.

Comparison Conclusion & Final camera review:

Nokia 5.3 rear camera performance is a pleasant surprise for us because we didn’t expect it to give Nokia 8.1 camera a run for its money. But Nokia 5.3 camera impressed us with capturing detailed images that also capture accurate colors in most of the cases.

We must mention that the 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 surprisingly captures even more natural images than the main camera.

Nokia 5.3 camera captures also works well in low-light and Night Mode certainly brings difference over normal low-light capture but it has areas for improvements. It can be tweaked for even more light or/and better details capture.

Video capture while impressive when done with steady hands needs some improvements for stabilization and focusing in extreme low-light cases. But videos come out detailed and well-exposed.

Nokia 5.3 camera certainly justifies the Nokia smartphone tag which for its fans still means a smartphone with a capable camera. Click here for the full-size images if you want to evaluate and compare yourself.