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Dead flowers

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Sculpture

iPhone 4S has a turn

Toys

Take two

Octopus

Galaxy S II's turn

In-studio shot

Equipped with an 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and dual-LED flash, the Nokia Lumia 800 should be a terrific mobile camera specimen. Should. This photo, shot outdoors in bright sunlight, reproduces color faithfully, but didn't produce sharp edges on the bamboo leaves. All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched.
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The autumn chill has killed these flowers, taken outdoors in shade. The shot looks slightly out of focus and colors could be more vibrant.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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I took the top photo with the Lumia 800, the middle with the iPhone 4S, and the bottom photo with the Samsung Epic 4G Touch (aka Galaxy S II). All cameras shoot 8-megapixel photos with flash, and all were taken of the same flower planter outdoors in the shade.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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This photo came out clear and colorful, though the "600" on the back of the Suzuki looks out of focus.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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This indoor sculpture was bathed in natural light. The photo came out muddy.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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Here's the same sculpture, taken with the iPhone 4S. It's darker, but also much sharper and with higher contrast.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched.

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A battle rages on this CNET copy editor's desk. Unfortunately, it's not clear with the Nokia 800 what's going on beneath these indoor, artificial lights away from a window.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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The iPhone 4S took brighter, sharper, more vibrant photos than the Lumia 800, though the image still isn't crystal clear.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched.

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The Lumia 800 once again wasn't able to snap into clear focus on this stuffed cephalopod, photographed indoors in artificial light away from a window. But it did better than with the toys.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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The Samsung Epic 4G Touch (aka the Galaxy S II) created a more saturated, in-focus reproduction on its 8-megapixel camera.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched.

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The Lumia 800 threw a pinkish glow over the center of this standard studio shot. The edges, in the mean time, came out darker grey.

All pictures taken with the 8-megapixel camera phone were cropped and/or slightly resized, but otherwise untouched. (Read the full Nokia Lumia 800 review.)

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