The Nokia N86 8MP mobile phone is seen by Nokia to be almost a replacement for a standalone digital camera. Eight megapixels, with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED camera flash – but I still think we’re a ways off ditching digital camera and depending on a phone’s camera capabilities. It also has a TV-out connection, so you can show off the photos on the phone on a television screen.

Also on-board is Nokia Maps and in-built GPS – and out of the box there’s a 3 month trial for voice turn-by-turn instruction. As the name of the phone implies internal memory is 8GB, plus you can add memory via microSD card, up to 16GB.

The Nokia N86 8MP will be available in Optus stores from mid-September, at an RRP of $949.00.

Nokia’s press release:

Sydney, Australia – Capturing and sharing memories just got easier with Nokia’s best mobile imaging device, the Nokia N86 8MP, which will be available in Australia from mid September 2009.

Combining wide-angle Carl Zeiss optics and an eight megapixel sensor, the Nokia N86 8MP delivers results comparable to a high-quality, stand-alone digital camera. The handset is designed to excel in both bright and low light conditions and is optimised for both video and still imaging.

With the latest version of Nokia Maps and full Ovi integration on board, the Nokia N86 8MP gives a personal dimension to photos and videos. Its high-speed connectivity allows people to conveniently share their location with personal content like geotagged photos.