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More Nokia 808 PureView sample shots surfaces, not overly impressive

Finally we get to see more sample camera photos from the 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView which won the Best In Show Award at the Mobile World Congress 2012.

Here is one shot taken by The Handheld Blog outside the conference.


As you can see, it’s a far cry from the vibrant sample photos Nokia released last week. See below for a reference.


The first photograph looks a bit washed out and soft for an outdoor daylight shot. It looks like the ISO was set too high. The two photos seem to have the same overcast lighting condition yet the first one lacks punch and contrast. I would expect the columns on the building to be more detailed like the rocks on the second one.

I’m not going to bust your chops if you’re a fan of Nokia’s PureView. I’m just saying let’s not get too excited with the picture quality that came straight from Nokia. Besides, the shooter of the first paragraph clearly stressed that the phone’s firmware is still not yet final and there’s still room for improvement.

However, the Nokia 808 really excelled in digital zooming without the loss of details. You can take the widest shot and zoom in to your preferred composition afterwards without having to worry about noise.


This sample is a zoom-cropped portion of the first photo and as you can see, text are still readable. This is the power of the oversampling technology Nokia used in their PureView. You can really be lazy with your framing because you can still fix it afterwards without having to worry about losing details.

If you want to see more zoom-crop sample shots and their uncompressed version, head over to The Handheld Blog.

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  • steelicon

    Messed up with the settings. Not final firmware nor hardware.

  • Halcyon

    Click though to open the above photo in its full size, then look at the top left corner. Even fully zoomed in, the amount of detail is impressive.

    If you are watching these pictures on your monitor or even printing at the 6×4″ or even 8×10″ size, you should get along just fine. Displaying the fully zoomed shots at less than their original resolution will give the images the same pseudo oversampling effect that resizing a normal picture brings. Unless you are looking at them in the original resolution you’d be hard pressed to say any sort of zoom was involved.

    *PureView is clearly a technology of the future, after using the 808 for a couple of day I have a hard time switching back to the iPhone 4S or even the N8, both of which rely on digital zoom and its useless interpolation to trick users into believing the phones have ‘zoom’.* While using a 808, on most days I’ll be happy to zoom in at less than a 100% to allow for some oversampling but if push comes to shove, its good to know that the 808 can handle itself.

    Nothing on the market comes close to what Nokia is doing with the 808 PureView. They are once again reinventing mobile photography, just like they did with the N90.

    *Note: The pictures are from a prototype device, with the final camera firmware still being around 2 months away. The quality can only get better from here.*

    Seems to me you are NOT reporting the article in FULL here. Biased much? Are you getting paid by some manufacturer? Trying to post unimpressive photos that do not represent the whole?

    • uhmm i also said that the firmware is not yet final. im not reporting the article based on the experience of the photographer. im writing about my opinion based on the photos he took and to me, those are really soft photos that i often see with other camera shots. i’m also not disproving the amount of details it can preserve even at 100% zoom, in fact that for me is the strength of this technology. hope you read the article beyond the title and the pictures first.

  • Griswold

    i checked the handheld blog and indeed, the pictures are not that amazing when you compare it to the shots released by nokia. but i guess it will still be a really good mobile camera in the hands of a good photographer.