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Nokia Lumia 530 review
Big boots to fill - but the Lumia 530's feet just aren't big enough

Nokia has taken another small step back with the 530 compared to the 520. You still get a solitary 5MP shooter, but this time it's fixed focus.

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Fixed focus only is a step back for the Lumia 530

There's no front-facing camera and there's no flash. The camera app is pretty bare bones. You can tweak white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and brightness. There's also a night and a sports mode, but auto will suffice for most people. It takes around four seconds to launch the camera and a couple of seconds to take a shot.

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This is fairly basic camera, with a bare bones camera app

Beyond the basic camera you can record video at 864 x 480 pixel resolution and 30 frames per second, but it looks pretty ghastly. You can also try smart sequence, which basically captures multiple shots and suggests the best one.

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In ideal outdoor conditions with good light the Lumia 530 might capture some nice photos, as long as you keep still. It's quite slow to capture a shot, and the fixed focus makes it very limited.

The switch away from the ability to tap to focus is a very bad thing and has become so ubiquitous that even those upgrading from older smartphones will miss the functionality.

Camera samples

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The direct sunlight has caused the contrast here to go a bit wonky

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This angle with the sun coming in from the right works better

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The fixed focus has picked the long grass in the foreground

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You can see the camera struggles with shadows

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There's no macro mode, so you can forget about close ups

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Without a flash, things get very noisy and there's little chance of capturing a decent low light shot

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