The Nokia Lumia 800 sports an amazing 8 megapixel sensor and f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens with autofocus and dual-LED flash. The maximum resolution for an image is 3264 x 2448 pixels. It allows you to take 8 megapixel and 3 megapixel photos with 4:3 aspect ratio, while you can also take 7 megapixel and 2 megapixel photos with 16:9 aspect ratio. This handset allows you record and play amazing videos in HD (720p). Sadly, the much-needed front-facing camera is missing from the device.
The UI of camera app is simple and easy to use. On the left side you can spot the back button, while on the right side you can find the video mode, zoom in, zoom out and settings options. You can easily switch between the picture and video mode. The settings option allows you to change the scenes, white balance, exposure value, ISO, effects, contrast, saturation, flicker reduction and much more. If you want to share a small video with your friends on the social networking sites, then you can change the resolution of video recording from HD to VGA in the settings.
You can half-press the camera button to auto-focus, while you can also click on the screen to do the same. You can open the camera app even when the phone is locked just by long-pressing the dedicated camera button. Most of the photos taken during the day are absolutely stunning, while the ones taken during the night were above our expectation. The dual-LED flash does its job very well. Even the videos taken from this device were pretty decent.
The Nokia Lumia 800 comes with a 1450 mAh battery. According to the specs sheet, this handset offers up to 265 hrs of stand-by time, up to 13 hrs of talk-time and up to 55 hrs of music playback time. When the phone was launched, the device had some issues with the battery which does not allowed the device to stay alive even for a day. However, Nokia rolled out a couple of software updates, which nearly doubled the battery life.
Our review unit lasted for less than a day with heavy usage before showing the critical battery warning, while the battery lasted for a day and a half with normal usage. While testing this handset, we were able to use the device for less than a day with a few calls, YouTube videos, SNS services, mails and couple of games.