Sample photos from the Nokia N8
Sample video shot on the Nokia N8
The video below was shot on a device that is running early software and has not been tweaked in anyway. It is worth noting that the video appears to be shot with a fixed focus and its difficult to draw and conclusions about the audio sync given the content. We do know the N8 has dual microphones, which should give decent audio capture and allows stereo sound to recorded. The two microphones are on either side of the device, which should give much improved 'in the video' sound.
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Sample photos and videos should be evaluated in their context; manufacturers will want to show off the best possible capabilities of their device. Any photographer will tell you that a camera's performance varies depending on the conditions it is being used in (light conditions, subject, movement etc.) and the skill of the operator.
However this should also be balanced against the fact that the devices will be running early (pre-production) software. Past experience would suggest that camera performance is one of the areas that can be substantially improved through software updates.
In this feature article Steve explores the technology and design decisions behind the N8's camera. It is clear that the N8's camera breaks new ground and an enormous amount of research and development has gone into the N8's camera.
With this in mind I think it is fair to conclude that, while a final assessment has to wait until a substantial number of people have tried the N8 for themselves in varying real world usage conditions, the N8's multimedia capture capabilities are very promising indeed.