Monday, November 18, 2019

Serene Serenades

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

Serene Serenades

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, serene serenades on an early morning walk in the park'

I have to admit that using the camera on the Nokia Asha 300, a vintage candy-bar feature phone, is both equally as difficult and exasperating to use as well as it is as rewarding. When using the camera, exasperation comes in the form of a 2.4-inch resistive-touchscreen that is a complete washout in any form of bright external light, and images that take ages to record.

Out in the bright light, there is nothing that you can do or see with the screen that is almost blank. The only way to grab a few shots is to do it with the camera held at arm's length and shoot away. A bit of a hipster style, but with the camera held at eye level or slightly higher, guesstimate framing can yield you a few good images.

Rewards do, however, come from the quality of images captured by the 5MP rear-facing camera. These are almost of exceptional quality, albeit the pixel count, and comes with sharp and accurate colors, and accurate detail retention. The wide-angle fixed focus lens is also an advantage with just the right rake to take in the scenic shots and layering effect for a good depth of field.

A once over on the post-processing app, with maybe a little crop due to image tilt adjustment, and the images, though limited to only a 2560 x 1920 pixels original, and a far cry from today's camera phone standard, are worth more than the post.

The Nokia Asha 300, introduced in late 2011, the first phones to have Angry Birds pre-installed, is one of the slimmest feature phones around, measures 112.8 x 49.5 x 12.7 mm, weights 85 grams including battery. The phone has 140MB of internal storage which can store up to a maximum of 112 JPEG images. The camera does not come with a flash.

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