How to Use Dual Sight on Nokia 8

Three cameras on one phone equals dozens of sweet shots

Dual sight Nokia 8
Nokia

When HMD Global acquired the keys to the Nokia brand from Microsoft in 2016, desperate fans looked to the new leadership in hopes of seeing the now-forgotten household name of Nokia restored to its former glory.

With a series of thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed mid-range smartphones that tread the thin line between low budgets and good hardware, the Nokia 6, 5, 3 and 2 broke records and did not disappoint. Now, the Nokia 8, with its arsenal of good hardware backed by a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor and a stunning aluminum body, aims to take on connoisseurs with a taste for high-end devices with mind-bending specifications.

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What is Dual Sight?

Nokia 8 allows you to share both sides of the story
HMD Global

Some say it's a gimmick, others say it's an interesting addition to an already good flagship phone. The Nokia 8 features two 13MP + 13MP rear cameras from ZEISS with dual sensor mechanics, alongside a 13MP selfie camera in the front.

The interesting part, however, is the fact that unlike other flagships, the Nokia 8 allows you to use both its front camera and the two rear cameras to capture split screen images and video that display both you and your subject simultaneously on the same screen. This is called dual sight. See the picture above for an example.

To be clear, Nokia isn't the first smartphone company to have done this, but they are the very first to combine the dual sight mode with a fully-functioning live streaming system that allows you to stream your bothies (images and video captured in dual sight) straight to Facebook Live or Youtube videos. The idea of integrating fully-featured live video support straight into the included camera app sounds like a big thumbs up for social media enthusiasts, although only time will tell whether the bothie is something that will actually catch on.

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What's It Good For?

Using dual sight mode on the Nokia 8
HMD Global

The dual sight mode may seem like an odd choice for a selling point. After all, why would you even want to use both cameras at the same time? However, dig a little deeper and it's not without its advantages. It makes capturing niche reaction videos that go along with live telecasts of sports matches or concerts a little easier.

Plus, it can also be a fun feature to have when you're trying to make a beautiful picture postcard to send to a distant loved one, or when you're trying to record your baby's first steps side-by-side your own reaction in a single clip. 

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How to Use It

Recording bothies on the Nokia 8
Nokia

Here's the step-by-step guide to recording your very first bothie on the Nokia 8:

  1. Open the Camera app via your Nokia 8 Homescreen.
  2. Tap the Switch Camera icon on the navigation bar at the top. Currently, it's the fourth one from the right.
  3. On the drop-down menu that appears next, choose Dual.

That's it! You are now all set to start capturing bothies on your Nokia 8! Capture still images or full-length videos and upload them to your favorite social media platforms, or stream directly by clicking on the Live button which is the third icon from the top-right.