How to Use Dual Sight on Nokia 8

Two (or three) cameras on one phone equals dozens of sweet shots

Modern Nokia smartphones like the Nokia 8 have a nifty feature called Dual Sight. This lets you use the device's front and rear cameras to take a split-screen photo of two subjects. Or, as Nokia calls it, a bothie. Here's what you need to know about the feature and how to use it.

What is the Nokia Dual Sight Mode?

Some say Dual Sight is a gimmick. Others say it's an exciting addition to an already good flagship phone. The Nokia 8 features two 13MP + 13MP primary cameras from Zeiss, alongside a 13MP selfie camera. With Dual Sight, you can use all three cameras at the same time to capture split-screen images and videos with you and your subject simultaneously in the frame.

Recording bothies on the Nokia 8
Nokia

Nokia isn't the first smartphone company to do this. Still, they're the first to combine the Dual Sight mode with a fully-functioning live streaming system that connects to Facebook Live and YouTube. The idea of integrating live video support into a smartphone camera app is a big deal for social media enthusiasts, even if the term bothie never catches on.

When Should You Use Dual Sight Mode?

Dual Sight has advantages. It makes it easier to capture niche reaction videos alongside live telecasts of sports matches and concerts. Plus, it's a fun feature to have when you want a picture together with a distant loved one, or so you can record your baby's first steps side-by-side with your reaction in a single clip.

Using dual sight mode on the Nokia 8
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How to Use Dual Sight

Here's how to record a bothie on the Nokia 8:

  1. Open the Camera app on your Nokia 8.

  2. Hold the phone in portrait orientation to display a menu at the top. Tap the icon that looks like a person.

  3. You're presented with three options: Single, Dual, and P-I-P. Tap Dual.

  4. You should see the view from both cameras. Frame and focus the picture, then tap the Shutter button to capture it.

  5. If you want to capture video, tap the video icon. Then tap Record to capture video or tap Live if you want to live stream.

  6. If you choose to live stream, select either Facebook Live or YouTube. Follow the instructions to link your account, if necessary.

  7. Go back to the camera view. Check that you're in video mode and tap Record.

    You can optionally give the live stream a name or skip it and tap OK.

  8. To exit Dual Sight mode, tap Single on the drop-down menu or close the Camera app.