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Nokia 808 PureView camera comparison

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All phones but the Nokia N8 are capable of 1080p video with 30 fps. The only one we had much trouble focusing with was again the HTC One X. Its focus jumped, skipped and wandered no matter how many takes we did, so we just left one bearable take and called it a day, having this issue with most units that have gone through the office so far.

The Nokia 808 PureView, despite the skipped frame here and there, and the continuous autofocus unable to lock very near objects unless you tap on them, has a very big advantage compared to the rest of the gang. The huge 41MP sensor and the oversampling technology result in excellent detail, superior to the other phones. It also allows it to do up to four times lossless zoom in 1080p mode, and 6x in 720p. Even on maximum zoom level we are greeted with clean video.

Next we rank the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S III, which are almost neck and neck, both producing fluid 1080p vids with a lot of detail - slightly overexposed on the GS III, and a tad oversaturated from the iPhone 4S.

The Sony Xperia S takes oversaturation to the next level, but otherwise produces sharp footage, yet with a few skipped frames. The Galaxy S II goes to the other end, dishing out colder colors, but its video is very fluid and adjusts for exposure rapidly.

Nokia N8 is a special case, since its older hardware can’t handle 1080p video, but the 720p samples look pretty smooth and detailed, while with natural colors that are a bit on the cold side.

The HTC One X and the LG Optimus 4X HD, despite making smooth videos with appealing colors, lost focus every now and then, with the condition much worse on the One X, as we already complained above.

Nokia 808 PureView Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video:



Apple iPhone 4S Sample Video:

 

 HTC One X Sample Video:

 

Nokia N8 Sample Video:

 

 LG Optimus 4X HD Sample Video:

 

 Sony Xperia S Sample Video:

 

Samsung Galaxy S II Sample Video:

 

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posted on 29 Jun 2012, 08:57 16

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I wish Nokia did as well in other departments too. Maybe they will finally change their policy and start being competetive once more. Anyway, 808 is a clear winner. And N8 is still a class of its own.
No suprise here:)

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 08:59 7

2. -box- (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


PureView FTW. Can't wait for it to get on a newer OS and body, despite my preference for Symbian and its superiority as a phone (with physical phone buttons especially)

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:02 6

3. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)


This is a camera fight between nokia's sensor and sony's. Very impress with the 808!

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:26 8

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Sensor was made by Toshiba not by Nokia. :)

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:42 9

13. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


actually both companies worked on the design, but is manufactured only by Toshiba.. just like the N8. Toshiba can't sell either of those sensors to anyone else, because of the collaboration with Nokia.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:55 1

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


True.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 18:33

25. -box- (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Really? Where'd you find that out? At work or I'd try to find it myself

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:05 10

4. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


I just love the low noise and the colour saturation.. okay I got to admit!! I love everything about the camera of the PureView!! There is just No phone in the market that has a better camera or even comes close to the camera of the pure view!!
Good Job Nokia!!

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:07 9

5. AzhiKarim (Posts: 5; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Nokia 808 Win!! the only thing this phone needs now is more apps and games ...

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 13:00 3

17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


There is nothing to expect, Symbian is dying and developers are abandoning ship.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 14:51 5

20. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


its a loop
devs abandoning symbian because its dying
and its dying because devs are abandoning it

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 14:58

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


But someone has started that loop and that not without a reason, right? Developers doesn't start abandoning OS just because...

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 17:40 1

23. Stuntman (Posts: 712; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


OK. I admit it. I started that loop. After using the Nokia N97 for months, I finally got fed up with this piece of crap. I looked to see what was available to upgrade to. The Symbian phones I saw were also crap. I decided to abandon Symbian and got an Android phone (HTC Desire Z) and I love it. Even with it still running on GB, I love it. Even though I'm eligible for a hardware upgrade, I have no desire to change phones.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 17:46

24. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"OK. I admit it. I started that loop."

Symbian fans will find you! :D

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 18:47

45. depeche (Posts: 60; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Same thing happened with webOS. Palm died, and webOS was briefly resurrected with HP.

HP pulled the plug one day as the excitement was picking up. The Pre 3 was never released.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 21:39 6

26. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Dude, it doesnt matter what happens to Symbian, what really matters is this Pureview technology that is beating the crap out of everyphone out there, and the best part of this is that it´s coming to WP8 as well.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 07:10

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, but my comment was reply to comment about apps and Nokia 808 PureView use Symbian. ;)

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:19 3

6. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


My gf would get it if it had wp7 on it instead...

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:12 2

8. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Honestly don't see that huge of a difference between them. All look pretty good.

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 16:31

36. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


My grandmother says the same.

posted on 14 Sep 2012, 20:06

48. K.E.N. (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


you better have your eyes checked.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:19 5

9. cristianer (Posts: 40; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)


Yeah! 808 first and N8 second. I love these phones.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:30 6

11. kanagadeepan (Posts: 664; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


NOKIA is five years ahead of others in Camera department and five years behind with respect to other features, imho....

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 22:07

29. -box- (Posts: 3782; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yes to the camera, the other part not as much... Neither ios nor WP have as many features and capabilities as Symbian (or MeeGo, RIP). Easier and less jittery, and in WP's case much more fluid and pretty, but still behind. Lumia series are (arguably) the prettiest in production, and I don't know of any other manufacturer that packs in as much into their devices, even their low end ones. NFC, FM radio transmitter, pentaband antennas, mobile hotspot capability, etc, etc. Give credit where it's due.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:09 3

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1265; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


The pictures are so amazingly nice on the Pureview. But me personally don't have any use for a 41 MP camera @"@ But it still has really amazing pictures.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 21:42 1

27. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


you dont understand, the 41 are used to oversample the pixels and lossless zoom to make the pictures look better, pictures still come out at 5 and 8 megapixels.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:48 1

14. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Their 808 has defective optics btw .. loss of detail on the right side of the frame. Every set of optics is aligned individually (which is amazing), so I guess its normal for some of them not to be perfect.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:12 7

15. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Excellent job did by Nokia. It will to sucess when it comes in wp8+pureview=awesome smartphone.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 13:47 1

18. sajith930 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Pls add Nokia N9 to this compare..Another good camera...don't abondened that sweet guy...

thanks

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 14:25

19. Stuntman (Posts: 712; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Thanks, for a great camera comparison article. Much better than that other web site which shall remain nameless that I boycotted since last year.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 17:00 1

22. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


for those who want more apps

n8 fan club
)

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 22:51

30. andydroid (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


Why not that camera with android?

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 00:24 3

31. deadhead (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


android can't handle it.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 02:46

32. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


This was unfair because even when reading the headline, one can tell who the winner is! Pureview FTW!!!!!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 02:09

38. techdunia (banned) (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Nokia 808 is amazing phone but only for its camera quality.
:

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 10:25

39. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)


I'm sure this will force the other OEM's to up their respective games. However, with over 70 patents ring-fencing PureView, "me thinks" Nokia will be holding the phone camera crown for quite awhile.

It would've also be nice to see PhoneArena compare sound recording across these video devices. In particular, how the 808's Rich Recording and full Dolby 5.1 compares with the rest of the field.

Lastly, for media playback...how the field handles various codecs.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 12:15

41. murati (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Rather have mine HOX with great body, screen, pocessor and my Canon powershot than 808. My opinion.

posted on 11 Jul 2012, 07:44

44. joshefmayer1 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Again a great phone by Nokia: - Nokia 808 pureview has a great feature of 41 MP Camera……..
I like the phone due to its features .If you prefer online shopping then you can go through shopbychoice(dot)com, it gives best deal on this phone.
One of my friend recently bought it @ Rs.32, 199/- after 5% discount, I willing to buy it

posted on 14 Jul 2012, 07:42

46. alex09 (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


Visit (www).nokia808pureviews(dot c-o-m) to get best price and deals for Nokia 808 Pureview.

"Nokia 808 PureView is a new dawn in photography with 41 MP you can play with a bigger canvas, pure depth, pure action, pure colour, pure detail, pure perspective, full HD video, crystal clear audio, share the story in a momment. Nokia 808 PureView is a revolutionary camera in a smartphone, you never miss a moment from daylight to low light"

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