Nokia G60 review: a no-frills 5G experience

Like most of its rivals, the Nokia G60 showcases an imposing photo block, but some of which is not really usable. This is the case of the third module on the back of the smartphone, based on a 2 megapixel sensor dedicated to measuring depth. It accompanies more classic 50-megapixel (with f/1.8 wide-angle) and 5-megapixel (f/2.2, ultra-wide-angle) modules.

Main module: 50 megapixels, f/1.8

Using the traditional pixel binding, the Nokia G60 5G delivers not 50MP but 12.5MP shots. Images which, when the ambient light is sufficient, are of very decent quality. The distortion on the edges of the shot is very measured, and the colors fairly faithfully restored. If the same cannot be said for the elements located on the periphery, we note all the same that the contours of the small elements are fairly well rendered. The result is pleasant on the whole, but it should be noted that the textures are smoothed and that a little noise is visible on the solid colors. Xiaomi’s model has less accurate colorimetry, but more visible textures.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/50s)
Nokia G60 5G (f/1.8, ISO 160, A/60s)

The Nokia G60 5G, suitable for daytime, loses its footing in low light. It operates a clear rise in ISO, which results in an entirely noisy image, and is no longer able to correctly show the contours of the elements of our scene. The whole is blurred in the center, and barely legible on the sides of the image.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (eq. 26 mm, f/1.8, ISO 4700, 1/15 s)
Nokia G60 5G (f/1.8, ISO 6400, 1/13 sec)

50 megapixel mode

If it is easily accessible in the interface of the G60 5G photo application, the 50 megapixel mode is of little interest. Without additional processing, the images lack detail during the day, and are unusable at night.

Nokia G60 5G
Nokia G60 5G

Ultra wide-angle module: 5 megapixels, f/2.2

We note with regret that in the same price range, smartphones are generally equipped with a second 8-megapixel module with ultra-wide-angle optics. The G60 5G is content for its part with a sensor of 5 million points, a little light. The lack of sharpness is certainly obvious, as is the overflow of noise, but the colorimetry is correct and the textures are not as smooth (on the book in particular) as on the image taken with the Xiaomi. On the other hand, it is difficult to zoom in on the shots and to exploit more than the center.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (f/2.2, ISO 60, 1/50s)
Nokia G60 5G (f/2.2, ISO 125, 1/60 sec)

The fault with a significant vignetting, the images in low luminosity are more or less readable only in the center. But at the cost of ubiquitous noise and desaturated colors, which make the whole thing very unsatisfactory.

Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G (f/2.2, ISO 2900, 1/15s
Nokia G60 5G (f/2.2, ISO 5600, 1/15 sec)

Portrait mode, front module and video

The Nokia G60 5G offers a portrait mode accessible to its back and front sensors. Better to use it sparingly: the clipping tends to be aggressive, and awkward on faces. The selfies are also made using an 8 megapixel sensor flanked by an optic opening at f / 2, and which allows selfies to be taken as always a little too smooth, especially at night. Finally, the G60 can shoot up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, without optical stabilization (but with electronic stabilization). Enough to make some decent videos when the light is there.

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