SlashGear and Engadget’s Nokia 808 PureView Galleries

| May 24, 2012 | 66 Replies

Engadget have brought together, what seems to be, their own sample pictures from the Nokia 808 PureView.

I’m not quite sure who was tasked with taking the photos but they did decently enough. Going through the whole gallery, you can even see some of the 808 PureView team (though I don’t know how to look at anything beyond the compressed Engadget photos).

Some shots look terrible, i.e. not even in focus.  At the very worst, it could be the 808 having difficulty focusing. Let’s hope we don’t see that fiasco manifest itself in some people’s testing introducing human error, like it did with the N8 eh when the 808 is compared. Camera wise, I think everyone knows it’s all about the Nokia 808 PureView. There are other things important in smartphones too, but whilst we’re on the topic of just imaging, well that’s where the 808 comes out on top.

A lot of the current crop of new gen competitor smartphones are having difficulty beating even the N8 so it won’t be too hard to guess how the 808 will do. Having said that, we still have not seen definitive comparisons to resolve just how much the 808 PureView has improved over the original N8.

They’ve got a gigapan box at the bottom so you can zoom in and check out the clarity of the photos yourself. You’ll need Flash/disable flashblock to see it.

Oh hang on – SlashGear also has their own photos.  Well, these ones look a whole lot better. For one, more are in focus. e.g. compare the cakes.  Chris also takes the time to actually talk about his experiences with the camera. I can only see two lines of text in the first story linked. Chris has a good overview which you should definitely check out.

We’ve been consistently amazed by the output from the 808 PureView today, with the phone being capable of some astonishingly good shots both at maximum resolution and at the lower resolutions too. Colors are rich and accurate; noise is incredibly low.

Great to hear that there’s little lag and that photo taking is real fast!

Composition can vastly alter our perception of a good photo and thus a good camera. It takes a good eye for photos to produce some really beautiful images. It’s not merely just about having a really good camera. Having said that, it’s important that the camera you have can take great pictures in pretty much all conditions. Reliability is hugely important to me and knowing that I can take out the camera and produce a picture worth keeping is priceless. It’s no good to have photos looking great only some of the time. It is also important to me that should you want it to, your camera can give you the freedom to push your photography. I think the Nokia 808 is the best camera phone to offer that.

Chris confirms that this is not the phone for Instagramers. Well, technically it is the best one if the app was available, but I get what he means. Why should Nokia try and create the Pure Quality only for people to crap it up with dozens of applied filters so the final image no longer resembles the photo you took? BTW I don’t know if it’s instagram or the quality of the phones taking the initial picture – sometimes the images look great when I see them as a thumbnail but look at the larger pic and they often look like trash. Perhaps if they had the N8/808 they could have that raw brilliance to work with/defile. I mentioned before that I think it’s great that Instagram is making people really interested in taking photos. What I think it is most brilliant at, however, is hiding the crappy quality and crappy shots. N8/808 quality not needed, just a potato.

Here’s a quote you guys will love:

If ever a phone could encourage people to reconsider Symbian, the 808 PureView is probably it, too.

I’m a Nokia fan and although you might expect me to instantly love every Nokia product, I haven’t had a proper interest in a Symbian phone as big as this since the N8. Even then, along with my praises, I made my own reservations about possibly stepping down from Maemo.

But I think (hope) that Belle FP1 has got a lot of the key issues I had with Symbian fixed. The hardware is much faster and the benefit of such an amazing camera with a very usable Symbian phone is quite appealing to me.

Cheers steelicon for the tip!


Category: Nokia, Symbian

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