How fast (and slow) can you make the shutter on the Nokia 808 PureView?

How fast (and slow) can you make the shutter on the Nokia 808 PureView?
With its 41MP sensor, the Nokia 808 PureView is considered to have one of the best cameras available on a smartphone. Since the release of the device, the closest that we have seen to 41MP on multiple models is the 13MP shooter seen on some devices like the Sprint variant of the LG Optimus G and some newer Sony models like the Bondsian Sony Xperia T. Of course, a large MP size doesn't necessarily guarantee outstanding pictures as so much more goes into the making of a great picture.

The Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP shooter

The Nokia 808 PureView with its 41MP shooter

One important part of a good camera is a fast shutter. Just how fast is the shutter on the Nokia 808 PureView? A gentleman that goes by the name of Rehmanhere on Flickr decided to find out. Even though he had enough light to snap the picture during daytime, he decided to turn on the powerful Xenon flash. He increased the ISO to 800 which in the old days when people actually used something called "film", meant that faster action could be captured. ISO 800 requires 1/8th the amount of light to capture the same image as an ISO 100 setting would demand. He also took the exposure down to -4.0. The result was a shutter that took the picture in 1/2747 of a second.

What about the longest shutter time? That would appear to be the 2.7 seconds achieved by a Mr. Sheridan. The later says that the ND filters that come with the phone are not sufficient to do the job. So he uses various Hoya filters, a tripod and two elastic bands for his long exposure pictures. It might sound kinky, but if you check out the sourcelink, you can see how it is all done. He also suggests using flowing water as a subject.

So there you have it, the long and short shutter times for the Nokia 808 PureView. No, 41MP won't automatically make you an artist, but the technology offered with PureView will help you take pictures that you will cherish forever.

source: MasteringDaylight, Flickr via AllAboutSymbian

Related phones

808 PureView
  • Display 4.0" 360 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh(6.50h 3G talk time)



1. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

just put this sensor on a Lumia and i'm sold

5. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

sensor is not everything dude..............the image quality also matters which is depends upon other factors..

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, software and optics is also very important.

9. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Wait for PureView Phase 3.... bwahahaha

13. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

i think it will debut either at CES or MWC next year

2. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Not bad, but I'd like to see the detail and noise levels in some full resolution samples, not scaled down images.

3. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

"Since the release of the device, the closest that we have seen to 41MP on multiple models is the 13MP shooter seen on some devices" what about HTC titan II ...16 MP ?

6. Alan01

Posts: 578; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

That is why it says the closest on multiple models...

4. ssk27

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Just put android in this and it will sell like anything. U make phone for for us and why dont u hear us:(

7. mohamed_noor

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

just tried the fast shutter technique on s3 . cool!! it too takes in awesome shutter speeds. thanks to PA

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

808 is really an awesome device!! really worth to buy!!! wow love it even more!!!

11. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

People need to realize that high pixel count is not exactly best for your photography. If anything it could be detrimental to photgraphs. The more pixels you have the more you run into sensor issue(s) like image error(s) and noise. Increasing ISO also incrases noise in your photographs. People also need to realize that sharpness is all in the user and not the camera and the glass. Personally I still prefer a dsr, advance point and shoot, and film cameras. There is more control with WB, ISO, shutter, aperture, sensor (FX vs DX), and glass. The glass allows for a wide range of shooting conditions.

12. Guarulhos

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

More Than Never Now Know The 808 PureView PRO In Skillful Hands And Steadfast Produces Photograph Best Results To Night That The 920 PureView LITE, This Because Beyond Of Count With a Image Sensor Bigger And Better, Oversampling AndLong Exposure As Good As The 920's More Precisely We Reach The Number 1.51 Second Exposure ! For That Not If Mistake 920 PureView LITE In No Situation Will Performance Similar To 808 PureView PRO Perhaps Best !

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