AAS: Nokia N82 vs Nokia N8 vs Nokia 808 PureView Camera Tests (and a Damian Dinning Response)

| July 5, 2012 | 9 Replies

Second part of the Steve Litchfield double whammy which includes a generous helping of Damian Dinning too.

Nokia’s imaging guru, Damian Dinning responds in two large comments to Stve’s mega test

This review is also a testament on the amazing job Nokia accomplished in the 808’s predecessors, N8 and N82.

These Xenon brothers were always ahead of the pack regarding all around camera performance, night and day.

The Blurry pic at the bottom? What is that? Why that’s a HTC One S.

Do read on as Steve’s test is actually part 2 of his Nokia 808 Review and there is of course that added bonus in the comments to Steve’s post from Damian Dinning (almost as long, if not longer than the review itself).

For a summary, the conclusion:

  1. Even the 2008 Nokia N82 camera is still comparable with, and in some situations superior to, the cameras in today’s non-Nokia flagships (e.g. iPhone 4S/Galaxy S III/One X)
  2. The 2010 Nokia N8 camera is still significantly ahead of the non-Nokia competition
  3. Used with default (9MP crop of the 12MP sensor) settings, the native resolutions on the Nokia N8 can often (depending on light) produce more detailed, clearer photos than the 808 PureView using its 5MP default. Partly this shows how good and high specification the N8 was/is, partly this is down the low resolution default chosen by Nokia for the 808.
  4. Set to 8MP PureView mode in particular, the Nokia 808, in my opinion, produces better, more detailed photos in all light conditions than any phone on the planet.
The N82, I can confirm as I had to use it when both my n8 and dedicated digicam was dead (and 60D was impossible to bring due to its bulk) performed like a champ, besting out pictures of course from other friends camera phones and even their digicams. 2007 phone guys.
N8 is still a trooper of course but 808 is the best all around.

Category: Nokia, Symbian

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