Nokia N8 Films ‘Dot’ – the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Character

Nokia has been really pushing its marketing campaign for the N8 with tons of videos – both about the device and videos shot with the device. This time, Nokia, with the help of some friends, has filmed “Dot.” It’s a cute little stop motion film about a really miniscule character.

What really gets me is just how much work might have gone into animating the character since she’s so tiny! Additionally, since it is a stop-motion film, the Nokia N8 really must have its work cut out. As you’ll see in the video, the Symbian^3 smartphone is mounted onto a machine and has an added lens to it in order to make this thing work.

Nokia smartphones have always had some pretty impressive cameras that shoot great stills and videos – probably the best on the market until the iPhone 4 came out – and it’s really cool to see it being used so creatively like this. Check out the stop-motion film below, and after that you can see the “making of” video to really give you an appreciation of just how tiny the character is, and how difficult this project was.

[Via: The Daily What]

  • Daniel

    Wow…that really makes me want that phone now…but I have Verizon.

    • Sadly it’s a GSM only phone and it doesn’t look like it will have any U.S. carrier support. Not that anyone should be surprised — it’s Nokia.

      • hary

        Just read this comment. I think the OP already knew that N8 is GSM and Verizon is not, hence he mentioned Verizon expressing indirectly that he cannot have it since he is on Verizon.
        Also, i am sure, he is aware that N8 might not make it to US operators, though i think it might make it to US operators, but not in near future like all recent Nokia smart-phones who have made it to US in the past.

        Reason for me writing this post is that i felt you again tried to come up with a negative statement on Nokia, when it was not asked for , nor needed , nor appropriate for that particular comment.

        Anyways. As they say It’s Intomobile!

    • Me too…

      Erik Wood
      OTTER app

  • Mace

    “…until the iPhone4 came out”, what? i4 camera and video is finally maybe on par with Nokia N95 from 2007. N8 is in totally different league with its huge 12MP sensor, HD, HDMI, Dolby 5.1 etc.

    • hary

      Not that anyone should be surprised – It’s Intomobile. 🙂

    • Do you know how camera sensors work? Do you think 12 megapixels on a tiny little camera phone sensor is going to produce much better images than 5 megapixels on a small sensor? Bigger pixels on the latter.

      Also, I never said the iPhone 4 was better (although I think it’s just about as good), I said Nokia was best in market until then. It could imply inferiority or being on par, and I believe it’s the latter.

      • Duncan

        You are a mobile blogger? Have you even looked up the specs of the phone you just made a story about. Quote from Damian Dinning the lead design for the N8’s camera:

        “The 1/1.83” sensor used in the N8 uses 1.75 micron pixels which, with its 12-megapixel resolving capability, results in a sensor larger than most compact digital cameras.”

        The iphone4 has the same pixel size of 1.75 microns. Here is the quote: “The new iPhone’s chip has pixels that measure 1.75 µm.” This means you have a 5mp camera and a 12mp camera with the same pixel density. That is a no brainer on which one has a better resolution especially for chopping.

        The N8’s bigger than the new Canon SX30 1/2.3″ and nearly bigger that the Canon G10, G11, and G12 (1/1.7) Also, if you can give me better pictures than these on the iphone4 I will gladly say you are the better man.

        • theineffablebob


        • Here is one photo out of many for the iPhone 4 group on Flickr:

          The group set:

          The pixel size and count isn’t everything. Software is huge, and until we can get side-by-side comparison shots of the iPhone 4 with the Nokia N8 on the same subjects, I’ll still maintain that the iPhone 4 takes better pictures than almost all other smartphones on the market now. Colors look more natural, saturation tends to be true to life when compared to the the 8-megapixel shooters on the HTC EVO 4G and Droid X and metering is better overall.

          Anyone can Google specs and jump to conclusions — ‘Oh, well these are the specs so it must mean it’s better!’ — but it’s more to just what’s on paper. It’s a combination of the pixel size, even the type of sensor (the iPhone 4 is uses a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor which lessens obstruction and the amount of light gathered on the sensor) and software used.

          Take a good look at the images produced by the iPhone 4 in that Flickr pool. They’re just as good as that of the N8. And don’t feed me this BS about megapixel size for cropping. No one is using cell phone cameras to make 3 foot posters, and cropping for screen resolutions found on most computers would be just as adequate on the iPhone 4 as they would be on the Nokia N8.

          • hary

            Posting again,after removing the links. Seems that Intomobile send posts with website links to moderation queue, others don’t go to that queue.
            You are absolutely right that camera sensors, pixels, software processing all together make up the final product. No doubt about that and everyone here agrees that and knows that for sure.

            However, the one photo that you chose above as an example out of the large set, does not reflect well on your research and understanding and argument. If you look at “Exif info” on flickr for that photo, it shows that it is edited by Adobe Photoshop CS5 for MAC.

            However, just for your knowledge(if you are interested and assuming you are not camera expert) i would suggest you to read Damian Diming’s interesting posts about processing logic used for N8 at Nokia Conversations.
            (If my other post goes through the moderation queue, you can see the links there, else you can just search for words “Damian Dinnin” at Nokia conversations website for those posts).

            Personally i am against Nokia posting these kinds of posts in public to feed as a food of thought and ideas to their competitors like Apple. I am sure they must have read these posts.

            Also, about comparison shots side-by-side, i think you can’t make enough judgment unless you have full knowledge about different intricacies of photography. To regular eyes like me, many times, i say that oh photo X is better than photo Y, but the real photography experts many times have opposite views.

            I won’t be surprised though, that when N8 comes out and Intomobile has it, if you guys post some negative reviews or hand-pick some negative examples of photos just to prove your point. As they say, it’s Intomobile! (just like you say It’s Nokia!) ;).

          • ralphie02

            apple fanboy just got owned…..XD

          • Yow

            Another typical iSheep reply…
            If they can’t think of anything else to argue about their iFone, they will go back to say iPhone have the best software…. Pwned…

      • hary

        While this argument about pixels and sensors can go on and on between people like us, who are not expert in photography.(including Marc)
        But just FYI: there is also more to camera than just the pixels and sensor. It’s called software processing on those pictures. All together are important, none of the feature alone is enough.

      • Al Pavangkanan

        Actually, the N8 has the same size pixels as the iPhone4. That kinda gives you an idea of just how big the sensor on the N8 is.

  • WillieD

    Can the Brits PLEASE stop calling it KNOCK-EE-UH, its NOH-KEY-UH.

    Video is cool, but since it uses a microscope, its not technically done by the Nokia phone itself, so as far as Im concerned the video was cheated, and while original, doesnt merit any badges for Nokia.

    • hary

      How do you say your name? Wi-lee? or We-lee? or We-li or ….?
      So bottom line, english names are not always pronounced the way they may sound right to you.
      They are pronounced based on the cultural origin from where they originate.

      Now, as far as i know, Nokia is pronounced Knock-iaa by Finnish people including the Nokia’s finnish top executives. Whereas, people like me, and also others inside Nokia themselves pronounce it
      No-Kiaa until we realise that how exactly it is pronounced by the people from the main origin. So it doesn’t mean I am wrong or they are wrong.

      Amazing to learn though that people now fret over Nokia’s name pronunciation also!!

    • Adam

      Give Nokia some credit for funding this – great project. Anyone who funds art gets props in my book.

    • Siit

      Hmm – I guess as soon as the USA stop saying VAN GO instead of VAN Gogh…?

    • Siit

      Hmm – I guess as soon as the USA stop saying VAN GO instead of VAN Gogh…?

  • Dog

    We really should try to get the pronunciation correct before the company goes tits up.

  • This is very well.

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