The Nokia Asha 302 packs in an impressive array of fun photo features. The Series 40 phone is built for staying in touch and having fun, and it shows. Find out what we think of its 3.2-megapixel camera, and the rest of its photography features here…
Nokia Asha 302 review (hardware)
Like the Nokia Asha 201 we recently reviewed, the Nokia Asha 302 wasn’t built for photography experts. While it may lack some of the high-end features of the Nokia N8, though, it still packs in plenty of tools to have fun with photos.
The camera is a 3.2-megapixel affair with a 4x zoom that is activated by pressing up and down on the directional keys. At this level it isn’t the smoothest zoom, but for mid-range shots it does the job. As with many cameras, zooming in is generally advised against.
Instead we advise getting as close to the subject as possible for the best quality shots – especially since focus is unfortunately fixed here. It means you’ll need steady hands, or risk blurred shots. The Nokia Asha 302 is capable of some decent shots that won’t wow you, but are capable of capturing a credible amount of detail at closer ranges when the subject is still. Outdoor shots in bright conditions fare well. Its indoor conditions where the camera struggles, resulting in slightly dull shots devoid of brightness.
The Nokia Asha 302’s camera has some neat features. Frames lets you place quirky borders around your shots including flowers, picture frames and Polaroid film for a fun touch. The Effects tool lets you shoot in sepia, greyscale and negative modes. These all look great.
Those used to taking lots of photos might want to play with adjusting the white balance and exposure – it is possible to take better shots by tweaking these as opposed to using the default settings. There’s also a self-timer for taking group shots to a countdown and a sequence mode that lets you take up to five shots in quick succession. It can be used to take moving subjects in action shot style. And finally a grid, when activated, places squares on a screen that help you to take shots with better composition.
Add all that up and you’ve got an impressive array of features, which for an entry-level phone with a 3.2-megapixel is very good indeed. Performance can be hit and miss, but in the right conditions the camera is an able performer that does its job well.
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