Nokia 7 Plus review: The best Android One Smartphone?



The Nokia 7 plus has a dual camera setup on the back. The primary one is a 12 MP dual pixel sensor (1.4 micron pixel size) with a f/1.75 aperture. The secondary camera is a 13 MP telephoto lens (1.0 micron pixel size) with up to 2x optical zoom, at an aperture of f/2.6. Both the lenses have the Carl Zeiss branding, something we’ve seen in the high-end Lumias, and the pre-Lumia Nokia smartphones.

Different modes in the camera app

There are quite a lot of modes in the camera of this phone. Photo, Video, Pro mode, Slow Motion, Live Bokeh, Panorama, Time Lapse

The camera app UI was good, until an update in late-August. It has different modes of the camera which have to be scrolled one-by-one by swiping left or right. We cannot scroll through all the modes at one go. This makes it difficult to find a camera mode that is situated at either end, as earlier all the modes could be accessed from the app drawer.


There are quite a lot of options in the camera of the Nokia 7 Plus. One of them is the Multi-Camera Mode, where you can select single, dual or PIP mode for combined shots from the front and the rear cameras. Then there’s the beauty mode, which smoothens your skin in the photos that appear. Then there’s the Flash toggle and the timer option.

With the new camera update, there are 2 more options – Motion Photos and Google Lens, powered by Google. Motion Photos records a 2s video of what happens right before the image is taken. Then there’s the Google Lens button which takes you to Google Lens app. In the video mode, you will now get an option to go live on Facebook or Youtube. Though I haven’t tested Youtube live, Facebook live just didn’t work for me. Hopefully HMD Global can fix this with an update.

Camera Settings

Clicking on the hamburger button redirects you to Camera Settings (quite odd, as in the previous version it used to open up an app drawer with all the different modes, along with Settings). Here you will see certain options pertinent to the camera. There’s also a watermark toggle here, which lets you put up a watermark on your photo/video. You can choose between three different types of watermarks, with the Nokia | Zeiss branding being the default one.


The image quality in daylight with the rear camera is quite good. Details are mostly preserved. Noise is not an issue either. Saturation is on par with other mid-range phones. Here are some of the sample shots taken using the primary back camera.

Talking about the telephoto lens, it is quite a good secondary camera sensor. There won’t be visible problems with the image, unless we zoom to near the max possible limit.

I believe the low light camera performance could have been better. There is quite a lot of noise when photos were taken with the low light sensor. 

The phone has a mode called Live Bokeh. Basically, it’s just another name for portrait mode that you see in other phones. In this mode, the subject is kept in focus and the background is blurred while taking the photo, and not after taking it (though there exists a way to edit the blur amount after taking the photo). It works well on non-human subjects too.

Selfies taken with the phone are excellent, but in outdoors there may be high saturation, not always. 

Selfie with Live Bokeh
Selfie with Live Bokeh


The Nokia 7 Plus can record 4K videos. Sadness is when you realise that this phone can record only 30 fps video at any resolution video. There’s EIS too, but it works only with 1080p video.

Videos are crystal clear and sharp. They are noise-free during the daylight. 

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