Infrared with a Nokia 6220 Mobile or Cell Phone

Yes, we do weird things. The other day I was out testing some cameras for their infrared performance and decided to test the new Nokia I also have for review.
The low end of the camera market is, to a large extent, disappearing into the phone market. New mobile or cell phones (depending on where you are in the world) are having better cameras integrated into them. I’ve had a new Nokia 6220, a 5 Mpixel camera phone with GPS, for a little while for testing. So it was obvious to see how it would handle infrared photography.

The Nokia 6220 has a 5 Mpixel camera with a real zoom Carl Zeiss lens and flash. It obviously has neither a tripod socket or a screw thread for attaching filters. Thankfully I did not need the tripod socket and you can get around the filter thread issue. You do this by simply holding the filter as close as possible to the lens when you shoot. This works but you can get flare effects when shooting into the sun. Cut gel filters would work better.

Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Nokia 6220 infrared photography

So let us look at an image in more detail.

Nokia 6220 infrared photography
This is the image straight from the camera.

Nokia 6220 infrared photography
Here is the center of the image at 100%

Red channel
Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Green Channel
Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Blue Channel
Nokia 6220 infrared photography

Exposures drop from around 1/250 second to 1/9 second in full sun, but these low shutter speeds don’t seem to be an issue and approximate to what you get with these cameras indoors in a bright room when not using the flash.

Nokia 6220 infrared photography

So it does work and you can get surprisingly good images by doing a conversion from a single channel in Photoshop.

I’ve put the full JPEG files for the four images shown here and a couple of non-IR ones for comparison up on the RAW infrared images page.

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2 Responses to “Infrared with a Nokia 6220 Mobile or Cell Phone”

  1. LazaroMarch 18, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Hi Am looking for Cell phone which can take Thermal Imagies frome different areas.

    Please provide details and prices if possible.

    Thanking you.

    Regards,
    Lazaro.

  2. WayneMarch 18, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Infrared, in this context, is not the same as thermal imaging. Thermal imaging uses special sensors and looks much deeper into the infrared. The infrared capability here is great for photography but won’t be useful for thermal tasks, such as identifying overheating components, etc.

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