The trend for phones with multiple camera sensors regardless of price range continues unabated here, and not necessarily for the better.
The G50’s secondary ultrawide snapper makes do with a 5MP pixel count, while the third sensor drops even further to 2MP, and is dedicated to depth sensing. Given software-based portrait modes are perfectly usable at this price, we reckon Nokia might have been better ditching the depth camera altogether.
The ultrawide isn’t especially detailed, even in good light, and becomes very grainy as conditions get dimmer. There’s not a very pronounced fisheye effect, so shots are fairly distortion-free, but with no autofocus you have to take care if you want to get the best from it.
Detail isn’t an issue for the main snapper, which uses pixel binning to create 12MP snaps from its 48MP sensor. Even fine-grain textures like grass, foliage and brickwork are maintained, with definition only dropping off when you zoom right into a captured image. Autofocus isn’t especially fast, but still helps ensure your photos are as crisp as possible.
Where it struggles is exposure and saturation, often producing flat-looking images with muted colours. HDR isn’t always able to rescue bright skies, leaving them looking dull. Indoor scenes fare better than outdoor ones, as long as they are well-lit, as low-light performance is unremarkable. An overall average showing for an affordable phone.
Nokia G50 image gallery