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Nokia phones focus on video, photo shooting

Cameraphones or phonecameras?

Nokia today introduced three additions to its N series of mobile phones, as well as services and software designed to encourage customers to use the devices to shoot and share video and photos.

At the very high end is the N93, a phone designed around video capture. Users can shoot Mpeg4 VGA videos at 30fps (frames per second) and later burn the videos to DVD on their PCs using Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 software for Windows XP.

The software, included when customers buy the phone, allows them to edit their videos and apply transitions and effects to the video, according to Nokia. N93 customers also get Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0 software for adjusting photos that are transferred to PCs.

The N93 has a 3.2Mp (megapixel) still camera with optical and digital zoom. Dedicated keys on the handsets activate the zoom and flash and switch between still and video capture, Nokia said. The N93 operates on Wi-Fi and 3G (third-generation) networks.

Along with the N93, Nokia also launched Nseries Studio, an interactive online community for people who shoot video with their N93s. Initially, the site will feature short films shot by well-known figures including actor Gary Oldman using the N93. Within a few months, however, the site will feature other films, which can be taken by anyone.

The Finnish manufacturer also introduced the N73, which features a 3.2Mp camera, integrated stereo speakers, digital music player and FM radio. Both the N73 and N93 are based on the Symbian OS (operating system) and run S60 3rd Edition Software.

At the low end, Nokia introduced the N72, with a 2Mp camera, music player and FM radio. The phone is designed for markets including the Middle East, China, Indonesia and Russia and operates on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and Edge (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution) networks.

Users of all three new phones will find software preloaded within the camera application allowing them to easily upload photos to Flickr, the photo-sharing website that was bought by Yahoo last year. Users can also add comments to the photos that they upload to the site from the phones.

Nokia already offers its own Lifeblog software to some of its phone users, allowing them to take photos and audio clips, organise the files on their PCs and upload them to an online blog. Sony Ericsson and Samsung also offer mobile blogging applications.

The phones are expected to be available in July but pricing will depend on the terms of the contract.

Nokia said it has sold five million N series phones since launching the products around a year ago.


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