Even though the Nokia 500 is currently the most affordable Symbian smartphone running on Symbian Anna. It doesn’t mean that it got a cost-cutting a lot especially on hardware. Like for example its camera. It’s still capable of producing good quality photos and can par with its competitor at the same price range.
The Nokia 500 has fixed focus 5MP snapper at the back and it’s quite sad that we don’t have even a single LED for flash and video light. The max mega pixel you could use is of course 5MP but the widescreen aspect ratio is at 3.6MP @ 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Nokia 500 camera can shoot video with max. resolution up to HQ @ 640 x 480 pixels. The widescreen aspect ratio is on 360p.
Some of the sample shots (more on my flickr):
The lack of flash on Nokia 500’s camera doesn’t mean it can’t be used during night scenes. Nokia 500 (top) Nokia N8 (below)
The issue I have found on the Nokia 500 is that it’s very slow to zoom in/out using the keys on the side. So I you really have to use the touch zoom for faster zooming, instead.
Nokia 500 Sample Video:
Camera of Nokia 500 is worth for its price tag. A good snapper in many occasions, but provided you should have a better lighting at low light or night scenes. The same goes with its video, although it lacks a higher resolution one, still the playback of videos on the Nokia 500 is good, not bad nor better.
But if Nokia can attach a better cam on Nokia 600, specifically it can shoot HD while 500 can’t, so why not include it on Nokia 500?
Anyway, maybe wishing to have HD video recording on Nokia 500 will be soon forgotten once the Symbian Belle update is out.
You can checkout more Nokia 500 shots on my Flickr page.