There was a time it was impossible to ping on a Nokia. Pinging was the exclusive preserve of BlackBerry smartphones. But the mobile landscape changes. There was…

The $235 Lava Z25 has a better camera than Nokia 8?

There was a time it was impossible to ping on a Nokia. Pinging was the exclusive preserve of BlackBerry smartphones. But the mobile landscape changes. There was a time that Nokia camera phones were kings and no-one thought anything of the cameras on Lava phones. That time has changed. It turns out that Lava Z25’s camera does a better job that Nokia 8’s. Lava. Darn.


lava z25 camera - better camera than Nokia 8

That is what DxOMark’s ranking tells us though. DxOMark is an outfit that scores cameras, including smartphone cameras by capturing and evaluating “over 1500 test images and more than 2 hours of video both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes” for each device.


According to their database, the Nokia 8 sits just below the Lava Z25 with a score of 68. The Z25 scored 70. Shocking. How did such a thing happen? How did a Lava smartphone end up with a better camera than Nokia 8? But first, we must answer another pertinent question.

Who The Heck Is Lava?

Lava Mobile is an Indian smartphone brand addressing the budget and mid-range segment. The brand had been active for a short time in Nigeria, beat a retreat and then made fresh moves to re-enter the Nigerian market in 2015. Those moves didn’t work out much.


The Z25 has a 13 megapixels Sony Exmor RS™ IMX258 snapper with F2.0 aperture, and dual LED Flash. Lava markets it as “a photographer’s delight! The result is stunning pictures, almost a work of art.” If DXOMark’s scores are anything to go by, it looks like they were not lying.

Lava Z25 Quick Specs

Lava Z25
Android 6 Marshmallow5.5 inchesMediatek MT6750
3020mAh13MP camera

DXOMark Rankings

According to DxOMark, all these 18 flagship smartphones have cameras that beat the Nokia 8’s camera:

1. Google Pixel 2: 98
2. Huawei Mate 10 Pro: 97
3. Apple X: 97
4. Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 94
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 94
6. Apple iPhone 8: 92
7. Google Pixel: 90
8. HTC U11: 90
9. Xiaomi Mi Note 3: 90
10. Samsung Galaxy S8: 88
11. Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 88
12. Apple iPhone 7: 85
13. LG G6: 84
14. Sony Xperia XZ Premium: 83
15. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge: 82
16. Apple iPhone 6: 73
17. Meizu Pro 7 Plus: 71
18. Lava Z25: 70
19. Nokia 8: 68

This isn’t much of a surprise though, as Steve Litchfield’s own experience with the Nokia 8 is that the camera, while not bad, it does not live up to the standards we used to know the old Nokia for. HMD Global has work to do. They need to stop falling our hand like this.

So, if you are looking for the best cameraphone in the $235 / Rs 14,990 / NGN90,000 price range, you should give the Lava Z25 a look. You can read the full DXOMark review HERE.

We have the Nokia 8 specs for you. The 2017 flagship from HMD Global has interesting features to offer besides its dual rear camera, including the ability to record video simultaneously with both front and rear cameras aka “Bothie”, 4k video recording and OZO audio recording.

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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi's journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.

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