Even when you are capturing landscapes, you’ll find a lot of grain in the photos, so you’ll want to limit your sharing to social media posts and other media hosts where you’ll shrink the image. Also, movement is an issue. Things like waving flags, or people walking in the frame will be a touch blurry, which isn’t unexpected for this price range, but it’s something to be aware of.
While we’re on the subject of movement, video stabilization is non-existent at both the 4K and 1080p resolutions and it doesn’t rear its head in the front-facing camera either. Pans can be smooth, but if you’re planning on walking while you shoot, bring some Dramamine for your audience.
This continues at night when you’ll also be plagued by dropped frames and frankly weird artifacts during playback. One shot of my daughter walking resulted in her face being in two places at once. If that sound weird, that’s because it is, and I’ve never seen it before. I wonder if it’s software that’s causing the hang-up, but it was like I was seeing two halves of two different frames simultaneously.
Of course, it’s possible that software updates might help resolve a lot of these problems. Indeed, Nothing has been pumping out updates since its launch, now sitting at 1.1.3, which is a good thing. Pei, on Twitter, said that most of its updates have been focused on the camera, battery life, and new features, so it looks like it’s already heading in the right direction.