My Favorite Camera Phone 2018

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018


My Favorite Camera Phone 2018

'Mobile Photography - A newfound favorite, the Nokia Asha 300, a 2011 vintage candy-bar feature phone'


My favorite camera phone since the last quarter of 2018, and probably right through 2019, or until the phone dies of old age, is the vintage circa 2011 candy-bar feature phone, the Nokia Asha 300. The Asha 300 is the smallest, slimmest, and lightest feature phone I have used and is completely capable of capturing great images even with its 5MP camera.

Nokia Asha 300
I took the phone out of storage, where it has been for more than a couple of years (five to be exact), as a temporary replacement to a newly purchased smartphone which I was not very happy with.

Images from the new consumer-grade phone, though decent, was not much to shout about. They were soft, lacks depth, and appears flat.

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Next, I had the Asha 300 hooked it up to the charger, it looks to be working fine, took it outside to grab a few test shots, and Walla! what a surprise. In bright daylight, the images were simply exhilarating, sharp and clear, finely detailed, and the colors crisp.


The New Experience

That was the eye-opener. Just to make sure that I was on the right track, I took the camera out again for an evening shoot. Again, the images were fantastic, and after a batch of night shots later, realized that I could have more fun with this camera than I ever had before.

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Evening Groove 01
My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Evening Groove 02
Nokia Asha 300, Evening Groove

Using it purely as a camera, the Nokia Asha 300 has to be the smallest and the slimmest fixed focus point-and-shoot that I have used so far. It is only 113mm x 50mm x 13mm thick, weighs 85 grams, slips anywhere you want to place it.

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Noise, Speed and All 01
My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Noise, Speed and All 02
Nokia Asha 300, Noise, Speed and All

The phone is fitted only with a 5MP rear-facing camera with an F2.8 wide-angle (presumably with a focal length of 28mm) lens, and no flash support.

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Morning Walk 01
My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Morning Walk 02
Nokia Asha 300, Morning Walk

The Nokia is capable of recording images at a maximum resolution of 2592x1999 pixels, and with the built-in memory bank, the camera can record up to 112 JPEG images.

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, City Edge 01
My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, City Edge 02
Nokia Asha 300, City Edge

Not all are sweet and dandy, though. With a 2.4 inch screen that you can hardly see in bright light, shooting is more of an arm forward hipster style point-and-shoot. Images take ages to save, literally giving you enough time to take another sip of the coffee, and chimping is something you wouldn't want to do with.

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Night Scene 01
My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, Night Scene 02
Nokia Asha 300, Night Scene

On the plus side, the fixed-focus F2.8 lens has just the right angle of view to bring in a scene without perceived distortion, it is wide enough to be considered as a street shooter's delight.

My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, It's Raining Again 01
My Favorite Camera Phone 2018, It's Raining Again 02
Nokia Asha 300, It's Raining Again

The availability of a USB port and easy Windows connectivity makes image transfer for post-processing and print sharpening makes for a seamless workflow.


Posts With The Camera

I started using the camera in the last quarter of 2018, hence the limited number of posts. Looking forward to 2019 as a more productive year. The first two posts, at the bottom of the listing, are collections of prior images from a few years back.

Mobile Photography, Noise, Speed and All
Mobile Photography, Evening Groove
Mobile Photography, On A Bright Sunny Day
Mobile Photography, The Classic
Mobile Photography, A Blast From The Past

Article

It is interesting the range of creatives that have come my way since using the camera. This article looks at images captured by the phone's camera cropped to 3:1 image aspect ratio and posted at their full resolution.

A Look At 3:1 Crop-Frame Panorama

The One That Got Away

The one and only post, so far, with the new smartphone that I mentioned I was unhappy about.

Mobile Photography, Starting Out

Posts With The Old Favorite

My old standard since a few years back was the Nokia Lumia 720, which has now been put aside due to old age, depleted battery, broken screen and all. The Carl Zeiss F1.9 lens fitted to the phone's camera is worth more than just a mere mention.

Mobile Photography, Adieu #III
Mobile Photography, Adieu #II
Mobile Photography, Adieu #I
Mobile Photography, Rainy Days
Mobile Photography, The Seats Are All Yours
Mobile Photography, Blackout
Mobile Photography, Square Sights
Mobile Photography, Sun In Your Eyes #II

Looking Forward

Unlike my other series on Analog Diary and Digital Moments, where I used different cameras, lenses, or combination of different cameras with different lenses, the series on Mobile Photography will be based on different assignments done with the same camera. The reason is purely economic, I just couldn't see myself acquiring a new smartphone every three weeks or so just so I can do these short reviews.

The fun and creative, however, is definitely there, and doing the assignments at different locations, time of day, with a varied subject matter, do keep your juice flowing. Set yourself regular assignments, even the lowest end camera you can find, and see how much more you are enjoying your photography and how much your skill improves.


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